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Police in Japan Investigate a Rare Mass Killing

6 were found dead in farmhouse

(Newser) - Police believe three generations of a family were murdered, possibly by one of its members, in a rare mass killing in Japan. Police say six people, five of them from the same family, were found dead in and around a farmhouse in the mountain town of Takachiho, which is a... More »

Man Convicted in Canada's Deadliest Mass Killing Is Free

Air India bomb maker Inderjit Singh Reyat granted parole

(Newser) - After two decades behind bars and a year in a halfway house, the only person ever convicted in the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182 is free in Canada. Inderjit Singh Reyat, an Indian immigrant and former member of an extremist group fighting for an independent Sikh homeland, was... More »

Japan: Killer of 19 Wanted to 'Obliterate' the Disabled

Knifeman wrote to Japanese lawmakers months ago

(Newser) - Japan has been stunned and sickened by what the Guardian reports is the country's biggest mass killing since World War II: The murder of 19 people at a center for the disabled just outside Tokyo. Satoshi Uematsu, a 26-year-old former administrator at the Tsukui Yamayuri-En facility in Sagamihara, surrendered... More »

911 Call in Ohio Horror: 'Blood All Over the House'

As businessman offers up $25K to find unknown suspect

(Newser) - The 911 calls came Friday, from two of the four Ohio homes where eight members of the Rhoden family lay dead in grisly execution-style murders: "There's blood all over the house! My brother-in-law's in the bedroom. It looks like someone has beat the hell out of him,... More »

100 Years Later, Armenia Remembers Mass Killings

But certain countries—notably Turkey and the US—still won't call it 'genocide'

(Newser) - Turkey may not recognize the killings of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide , but other world leaders do and are paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of the massacre today, the BBC reports. "We will never forget the tragedies that your people have endured," French President Francois Hollande... More »

College Rejects Breivik's Application

Mass killer wanted to enroll online at University of Oslo

(Newser) - Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik won't be a college student after all. The University of Oslo has rejected his application to study in its political science program online from prison, reports the AP . The school says Breivik's "qualifications do not suffice," and it surely didn't... More »

11 Bodies Dumped on Mexican Highway

Knights Templar drug cartel takes credit for slayings

(Newser) - Eleven bodies dumped in three locations along the highway in Guerrero, Mexico, appear to have been killed in drug-related violence, reports Reuters . The dead appeared to have been tortured, and messages were found with the bodies signed by the Knights Templar drug cartel, said authorities. The Knights Templar, based just... More »

'Sane' Breivik Gets 21 Years

Norway reaffirms commitment to multiculturalism in wake of attacks

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik was found sane by a Norwegian court today and sentenced to the nation's maximum punishment: 21 years in prison, reports CNN . Prosecutors had asked the court to find Breivik insane, which would have sent him to a secure mental health facility, but the five-judge panel unanimously... More »

The Changing Face of Fear

Today's evil doesn't kill for a cause, but for destruction itself

(Newser) - America's great enemies of the past—Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, or Mao's China—were evil, but at least they were evil with a point (however twisted). But these days, evil has changed, and from Timothy McVeigh to 9/11, the anthrax killer, and now James Holmes, the "world-burners,... More »

German Gunman Kills Self, 4 Others

Took hostages as girlfriend was being evicted

(Newser) - A heavily armed man whose girlfriend was being evicted from her apartment today killed four people, including the new owner and a court bailiff who were shot execution style, before turning a shotgun on himself, German authorities said. A commando team stormed the apartment in the southern German city of... More »

Syria 'Investigation': Rebels Carried Out Houla Massacre

As rebels report more mass executions

(Newser) - Bashar al-Assad was framed, he tells ya, framed. Syrian investigators today concluded that the infamous Houla massacre was the work of rebels trying to drum up global outrage against the regime. "Government forces did not enter the area," the general heading up the inquiry said, according to the... More »

Cartel 'Madman' Busted in Mass Beheadings

Daniel Elizondo is leader of local Zeta gang: cops

(Newser) - Police have captured the man behind the grisly slaying, mutilation, and dumping of 49 people near Monterrey last week, officials tell Reuters . Daniel Elizondo, aka "The Madman," a Zeta drug cartel leader, was caught by Mexican soldiers in Nuevo Leon. Over the last few weeks, drug cartel violence... More »

3 Kids, 3 Adults Killed in Brit Knife Attack

30-year-old suspect in hospital after trying to kill himself

(Newser) - The small British island of Jersey has been rocked by the mystery stabbing deaths of three children and three adults, reports the BBC . The suspected killer, a 30-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital for emergency surgery after trying to kill himself at the crime scene, said police. The... More »

Gunman Kills 6, Including Self, at Roller Rink Birthday

Family argument spun out of control, say police

(Newser) - A gunman at a Texas roller rink birthday party last night killed five people and injured at least four before turning the gun on himself, reports the Dallas Morning News . Police say the man started arguing with his wife, and when the conflict grew more heated, he pulled out a... More »

Breivik Confesses to Norway Massacre

Suspect published 1,500-page manifesto

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik, the 32-year-old right-wing nationalist suspected of killing at least 92 people in Norway on Friday, apparently left behind a 1,500-page manifesto and a 12-minute video detailing his bizarre beliefs, reports the New York Times . The document, titled “2083: A European Declaration of Independence” and posted... More »

Nazi Trial Witness Now Probed as Nazi Murderer

94-year-old Alex Nagorny accused of having role in mass killings

(Newser) - A witness in the trial of accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk is himself under investigation for Nazi killings, a German prosecutor tells the AP . Former guards have stated that 94-year-old Alex Nagorny participated in mass shootings at the Treblinka concentration camp in occupied Poland, says the prosecutor. Nagorny, a Ukrainian,... More »

Huckabee Freed Man Sought in Wash. Cop Massacre

Then-gov commuted repeat felon's sentence

(Newser) - A man being sought as a "person of interest" in the execution-style slayings of four police officers this morning in Lakewood, Wash., was 11 years into a decades-long prison term in Arkansas when then-governor Mike Huckabee approved the commutation of his sentence. Prosecutors objected to clemency for Maurice Clemmons,... More »

In Lead-up to Attack, Hasan Hit Strip Club

May have been another sign he was about to snap

(Newser) - Shooter Nidal Hasan repeatedly visited a local strip joint in the days leading up to the Fort Hood rampage, spending six hours at one stretch watching pole dancers, according to investigators. Insiders believe the behavior may have been one more indication that Hasan was about to snap. The 9/11 hijackers... More »

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