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Jailed Rapist Told He Could Seek Visits With Victim's Son

The teen's mother is outraged

(Newser) - An eye-popping story out of Northern England, where the Times of London reports a convicted rapist was contacted by the Rotherham Council while incarcerated and invited to seek out visits with the son he fathered through rape. The child's mother was 15 when she became pregnant by Arshid Hussain,... More »

Serial Rape Suspect Arrested After 27 Years

California authorities say they have the 'NorCal Rapist' in custody, thanks to DNA

(Newser) - It's taken nearly three decades, but California authorities think they've finally nabbed the "NorCal Rapist." At a Friday presser, Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn and Sacramento County DA Anne Marie Schubert said Roy Charles Waller, 58, was arrested Thursday as he showed up to work at... More »

Cops Say They've Caught the 'Rideshare Rapist'

Orlando Vilchez Lazo allegedly posed as driver for ride-sharing company, picked up victims

(Newser) - Police in San Francisco say they've caught a man they'd been hunting as the "Rideshare Rapist." Orlando Vilchez Lazo, 37, has been charged with four separate assaults going back to 2013, and police suspect more victims are out there, reports the Washington Post . Authorities say Lazo... More »

10 Years Later, Rape Victims in One State Gain a Victory

Women impregnated by their rapists can cut off parental rights

(Newser) - More than 10 years after supporters began pushing for it, Maryland's legislature has decided—with unanimous votes in the state Senate and House—to enable impregnated rape victims to ask judges to end the parental rights of their rapists. Supporters say it has become embarrassing that a state known... More »

'Pillowcase Rapist' Locked Back Up Over 'Distorted Thinking'

Christopher Hubbart had been released in 2014

(Newser) - A notorious California serial rapist who muffled victims' screams with a pillowcase had his freedom revoked after his therapists said they were concerned about his fantasies and didn't think he had come to terms with his "distorted thinking," the AP reports. Christopher Hubbart, who was dubbed the... More »

FBI on Hunt for Serial Killer Who Last Struck in 1986

'Original Night Stalker' was tied to at least 52 sex assaults in Sacramento County, Bay Area

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since a violent serial burglar, rapist, and killer started to terrorize Northern California, but the FBI this week announced there is a new, concerted push to find the so-called "East Area Rapist." Described as a white male about 5-foot-10 with blond or light... More »

Serial Rapists 'Far More Common' Than Thought

'These are one-man crime waves,' says prosecutor

(Newser) - Analysis of 5,000 untested rape kits made possible with a grant from Ohio's Justice Department has so far helped authorities in Cuyahoga County secure 250 convictions. In fact, the county prosecutor calls the kits "the greatest gold mine of information and leads for law enforcement that I... More »

Inside the Mind of an Infamous Sex Offender

Former colleague wanted to find Peter Braunstein remorseful. He didn't

(Newser) - Before Oct. 31, 2005, Aaron Gell thought only of Peter Braunstein as a former colleague—he was a writer at Women’s Wear Daily when Gell was an editor at W. Afterward, he and the rest of the world came to know Braunstein as "the Fire Fiend" or "... More »

For Years, Woman's Rape Went Basically Un-Investigated

Police didn't even test rape kit for a decade

(Newser) - Marie picked up the phone and dialed the number the detective gave her 10 days before, on the night she was raped at knifepoint outside a friend's house in New Orleans. It was the first of many calls Marie would make in an 18-year ordeal of shoddy police work... More »

India Bans Incendiary Rape Documentary

Leslee Udwin had appealed to PM Narendra Modi against 'kneejerk hysteria'

(Newser) - A rapist's utter lack of remorse provoked no small amount of controversy over a coming documentary, and India swiftly responded today by banning India's Daughter outright, reports the New York Times . India won't "allow any organization to leverage" the 2012 gang rape of a woman on... More »

Filmmaker's Interviews With Indian Rapists Horrify

Documentary on murder of Indian woman reveals men's shocking attitudes

(Newser) - Two years ago, medical student Jyoti Singh was brutally gang-raped on a bus in Delhi, India; she died from her injuries almost two weeks later. Now an Israeli-born filmmaker's documentary about the attack, set to air on BBC4 on Sunday and at a New York screening on March 9,... More »

How Rapists Who Wear Condoms Could Be Caught

Bacterial profiles of pubic hair so unique they could identify perpetrators

(Newser) - Investigators routinely analyze pubic hairs found at crime scenes where rape is suspected, but it's rare that the hair has its root, and thus sufficient DNA to identify its former owner. Now researchers say that bacterial colonies on pubic hairs appear to be so unique to an individual that... More »

Police: Sex Offender Is a 'Serial Killer'

Darren Vann hints at murders going back 20 years, cops say

(Newser) - Police investigating the slayings of seven northwestern Indiana women whose bodies were found over the weekend say today they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect indicates there could be more victims going back 20 years. The Lake County prosecutor's office today charged... More »

Judge Who 'Blamed' Rape Victim Recuses Herself

Jeanine Howard backs out of controversial case

(Newser) - A Texas judge who sparked outrage by limiting the punishment of a rapist —and criticizing the man's 14-year-old victim—has recused herself from the case, the Dallas Morning News reports. State District Judge Jeanine Howard made no comment beyond what she said Thursday night (that the girl "... More »

Woman Raped as Daughter Sleeps Nearby: NYPD

Police ask for help after Little Italy attack

(Newser) - The New York Police Department is seeking the public's help in finding the man they say broke into a woman's apartment in the middle of the night and raped her at knifepoint as her daughter slept nearby. Police say the woman and her 7-year-old daughter were both asleep... More »

Man Fought Rapist for 22 Years

Larry Graves sentenced to life yesterday

(Newser) - It all started in 1991, when Skip Marshall saw Larry Graves attacking a woman at a California park-and-ride. Marshall, then 38, grabbed a baseball bat and chased the 15-year-old Graves, eventually catching and holding him. The teen admitted to sexually assaulting the woman and went to the California Youth Authority.... More »

Alleged Killer Tossed in Victim's Grave, Buried Alive

Mob of angry Bolivian villagers teams up in vigilante attack on 17-year-old

(Newser) - Sometimes it takes a village … to enact vigilante justice on an alleged teenage murderer. When police identified 17-year-old Santos Ramos as a suspect in the rape and murder of a 35-year-old near the small Bolivian town of Colquechaca, residents took matters into their own hands. During his alleged victim'... More »

US Sailor Wrestles Would-Be Rapist to Ground

Dubai bus driver didn't know what he was in for

(Newser) - What could have been horrific ended up being heroic: A US Navy sailor reportedly fought off a Dubai bus driver who attempted to rape her in January. The news came via a court hearing on Tuesday, in which the 28-year-old recounted the series of events, per the National : While trying... More »

CNN Slammed for Sympathizing With Steubenville Rapists

The Internet reacts to Poppy Harlow, Candy Crowley commentary

(Newser) - CNN is getting slammed everywhere from Twitter to the blogosphere to mainstream media today, thanks to its coverage of the Steubenville rape verdict yesterday. After the teen boys were found guilty, anchor Candy Crowley kicked it to her reporter by saying, "I cannot imagine having just watched this on... More »

Max Factor Heir's 124-Year Rape Sentence Quashed

Andrew Luster to get resentencing hearing

(Newser) - Max Factor heir Andrew Luster has had his 124-year prison sentence for drugging and raping three women vacated by a California judge. The judge refused to grant Luster, a great-grandson of the cosmetic firm's founder, a new trial but ordered a hearing for next month to reconsider his unusually... More »

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