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Elizabeth Smart: 'Evil' Captor 'Encouraged Him to Rape Me'

On eve of Wanda Barzee's release, Smart says she sat next to her while she was being raped

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Wanda Barzee is set to walk out of Utah State Prison a free woman—and on Tuesday, the person she helped hold captive for nine months is once more speaking out against her release. A surprise announcement earlier this month warned Elizabeth Smart, now 30, that her one-time... More »

Murdered Mom of 2 Missing Boys Was 7 Months Pregnant

Her estranged ex and boys' father is now wanted in 3 murders

(Newser) - A woman who was killed along with a male renter in her Phoenix home was pregnant, and the woman's estranged husband is now being sought on three murder charges and the possible abduction of their two sons, reports the AP . US and Mexico authorities were seeking Dimas Coronado, 46,... More »

Cops Seeking Missing Kid Rescue 11 From Compound

2 heavily armed men arrested in New Mexico

(Newser) - Police looking for a missing 3-year-old boy at a remote compound in northern New Mexico didn't find him—but they did rescue 11 other children who were living in the most squalid conditions they'd ever encountered. Police say the starving children were living with five adults in an... More »

12-Year-Old Tourist Who Vanished From Airport Found Safe

JinJing Ma, who disappeared from Va. airport, was found with parents in NYC

(Newser) - A frantic hunt for a possibly abducted 12-year-old girl from China who vanished from Reagan National Airport on Thursday has ended with a sigh of relief. Local, state, and federal authorities, including the FBI, were all involved in the search for JinJing Ma, who officials said Friday had been found... More »

Sex Offender Leads Cops on Low-Speed RV Chase, Escapes

Stephen Houk refused to pull over for hours, is believed to be armed

(Newser) - A sex offender believed to be armed escaped police after leading them on a 100-mile chase in an RV with bicycles strapped to the back, per the AP . It certainly wasn't the fastest escape ever. Authorities say 46-year-old Stephen Houk refused to pull over in Los Angeles around 3pm... More »

NC Cops Say This Woman's Hospital Visits Were Criminal

They suspect she was trying to snatch a baby

(Newser) - Police have arrested a woman believed to have visited neonatal units of hospitals in the Carolinas "possibly in attempts to abduct a child." Linda Mae Everett, 36, visited a women and children's hospital in Wilmington, NC, on April 5, but was denied entry at a check-in desk... More »

Woman Admits Kidnapping Newborn 20 Years Ago

Gloria Williams could get up to 22 years

(Newser) - Almost 20 years after she kidnapped a newborn baby girl from a hospital room in Florida, Gloria Williams has confessed to her crime. The 52-year-old pleaded guilty in a Jacksonville courtroom Monday to abducting baby Kamiyah Mobley, now known as Alexis Manigo, the Florida Times-Union reports. Williams, who raised the... More »

A 'Reluctant' Man at Door, 3 Alleged Captives Inside

Va. man accused of holding girlfriend, their 2 kids captive for 2 years

(Newser) - A Virginia man has been arrested and charged with abduction after law enforcement went to a home and found a woman and two children who'd allegedly been held against their will for two years. Fredericksburg.com reports that the break in the case came Saturday, when sheriff's deputies... More »

Cops: Girl, 13, Kidnapped, Killed in Stolen Drugs Dispute

Kidnappers used her phone to call family

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Texas girl was kidnapped and murdered as payback after a relative's boyfriend stole a large quantity of drugs from two men, police say. Shavon Randle was found dead in a Dallas home early Sunday, as was 19-year-old Michael Titus, who had been named as a person of... More »

Possible Sighting of Teacher Suspected of Abducting Teen

Elizabeth Thomas, 15, was reported missing last week in Tennessee

(Newser) - The 50-year-old former high-school teacher suspected of abducting his 15-year-old student may have been spotted Thursday in Texas, the Tennessean reports. Elizabeth Thomas was reported missing from Tennessee on March 13. Authorities say Tad Cummins, who has since been fired, appears to have planned the abduction and may have been... More »

One Dad's Joy, Another's Heartbreak in Kidnap Case

Kamiyah Mobley, 18, reunited with biological parents; man who raised her is overwhelmed

(Newser) - The biological family of an 18-year-old snatched when she was a newborn is rejoicing at her discovery, but one person who's not celebrating is Charles Manigo. The baby he named Alexis Kelly—the baby he thought was his daughter—was really Kamiyah Mobley, who was allegedly abducted by his... More »

Family Braces for Trial in Daughter's 1984 Murder

Candace Derkson was 13 when she was abducted in Canada

(Newser) - When Candace Derksen went missing on her way home from school in Winnipeg in the fall of 1984, it took six weeks for volunteers to find her body—just a few hundred yards from her home, in a storage shed, where the 13-year-old who loved horses had been bound with... More »

Cops Hunting Man in Boy's Failed Abduction

He grabbed 8-year-old in Oklahoma City: police

(Newser) - Oklahoma City police have released surveillance photos of a man involved in an apparent failed abduction in the hope that the public will help identify him. The man—Hispanic or Native American, heavy set, and about 6 feet tall—was seen grabbing an 8-year-old boy at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds... More »

Abducted Man Tastes Oysters, Longtime Mystery Unravels

Li Risheng was sold by his mother at age 7—and just found his father, 13 years later

(Newser) - When Li Risheng was 7, he endured one of the most horrible betrayals a child can experience: being sold by his own mother. "It was a rainy day, two of my mum's friends came to our home," Li, now 20, tells Guangzhou Daily , via the South China ... More »

Cops: Boy, 11, Helped Save Girl From Kidnapper

Texas boy saw man snatch girl off scooter

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl was saved from a kidnapper thanks to the impressive actions of 11-year-old TJ Smith, say police in Wichita Falls, Texas. TJ tells KAUZ that he saw alleged kidnapper Raeshawn Perez grab the girl when she was playing outside Saturday afternoon. "She was riding her scooter and... More »

47 Years After Girl's Abduction, a Big Break

Australian police eye new suspect, likely in his 60s

(Newser) - Australian police are chasing a mysterious suspect almost 47 years after a British girl disappeared from a beach during a family trip. Cheryl Grimmer's family had recently moved to Australia when police believe the 3-year-old was abducted from changing rooms at Fairy Meadow Beach in Wollongong on Jan. 12,... More »

Jacob Wetterling's Family Confronts Boy's Killer

Danny Heinrich sentenced to 20 years for 11-year-old's murder—but not before Jacob's loved ones spoke

(Newser) - It was a tense, emotional courtroom scene in Minneapolis Monday morning as one chapter in the abduction, sexual assault, and murder of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling came to a close. At a US District Court hearing for 53-year-old Danny Heinrich, who was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on one... More »

Murdered Woman's 3 Missing Kids Found at NM Motel

2 suspects—including slain California woman's sister—still on the run

(Newser) - A huge sigh of relief in a troubling case came Wednesday as authorities found the three missing kids of a murdered woman in a New Mexico motel, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kimberly Harvill was found slain on the side of a California road on Aug. 14, and her three... More »

Mother Reunites With Kidnapped Son After 21 Years

Steven Hernandez located in Mexico

(Newser) - In 1995, things were rocky between Maria Mancia and her husband, Valentin Hernandez—and one day after work, Mancia returned to their California apartment to find her husband and their 18-month-old son, Steven, gone, along with all the boy's things. Hernandez took all the photos of Steven, even an... More »

Cops: Mom Fights Off Man Trying to Abduct Daughter

She wrestled the teen from man's grasp in Florida store

(Newser) - Police in Florida are praising a woman whose "motherly instinct … may have saved her daughter's life." Surveillance video from a Dollar General store in Hernando on Tuesday shows a man police are identifying as 30-year-old Craig Bonello pushing a cart full of items. He then wanders... More »

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