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Hours Before Release, Killer Dies in Prison

Carl Wade was terminally ill with heart, lung diseases

(Newser) - Good things don't always come to those who wait: Last Tuesday, a California appeals court finalized its ruling that would have granted Carl Wade, a 66-year-old convicted killer, compassionate release. Wade, who was serving a 32-years-to-life sentence for a 1986 murder and suffering from heart and lung disease, was... More »

Lockerbie Bomber: My Role in Bombing 'Exaggerated'

Al-Megrahi says he only has 'days, weeks, months' to live

(Newser) - From a bed at his Tripoli home, a frail-looking Abdel Basset al-Megrahi insisted to Reuters that his role in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing was smaller than people think. "The West exaggerated my name. Please leave me alone. I only have a few more days, weeks, or months" to live,... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Could Live 10 More Years

Embarrassed doctor calls prognosis 'unusual'

(Newser) - The Libyan man convicted of 270 counts of murder for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and freed by Scotland in 2009 because he was dying of prostate cancer could live for 10 more years, the doctor whose opinion helped free him now says. Abdelbasat Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Still Alive

Three-month life expectancy was only an approximate, says Scot minister

(Newser) - Scotland caused international outrage when it released Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi to Libya on compassionate grounds because he had only three months to live. That was six months ago. While the convicted terrorist continues to call Scotland twice monthly as per the terms of his parole, Justice Minister Kenny... More »

Obama to Brown: Lockerbie Release a 'Disappointment'

(Newser) - President Obama today brought his displeasure over the release of the Lockerbie bomber directly to Gordon Brown’s attention, the BBC reports. Obama did not specifically blame Brown, but relatives of those who died are outraged at the release, and the president has called it a “mistake.” The... More »

Libyans Paid for Lockerbie Bomber's Terminal Diagnosis

Pressed docs to find that al-Megrahi had just 3 months to live

(Newser) - Libya footed the bill for medical evidence that suggested the Lockerbie bomber had just 3 months to live, the Sunday Telegraph reports. The Libyan government pushed doctors to make the prognosis, required in Scotland for the release of prisoners on grounds of compassion. “The figure of three months was... More »

Dying Ex-Manson Disciple Atkins Denied Release

Parole board refuses Susan Atkins' request for mercy

(Newser) - California yesterday rejected Susan Atkins' plea for compassionate release, the Los Angeles Times reports. The former Charles Manson family member—California's longest-serving female inmate—has brain cancer and likely has just months to live. Atkins was busted in 1969 for participating in the murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and... More »

Brown 'Repulsed' by Libya

(Newser) - Gordon Brown finally broke his silence on the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi today, denying speculation that it had been part of a deal between the UK and Libya. “When I met Colonel Gaddafi over the summer I made it absolutely clear to him that I had... More »

UK Releases 'Great Train Robber' Biggs to Die

(Newser) - Ronnie Biggs, part of a crew that stole millions from a British mail train in 1963 in the notorious Great Train Robbery, has been issued a “compassionate release” from prison to undergo medical treatment in his final days, the Guardian reports. Biggs, 80, has pneumonia, and doctors say there... More »

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