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6 Found Dead in Campsite Massacre

Guy who lived next door is the main suspect

(Newser) - Six people were killed at a Texas campsite and a suspect has been arrested and charged in the weekend homicides, authorities said Monday. Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor says the bodies were found in rural Anderson County, southeast of Dallas. William Hudson, 33, is charged with one murder count and... More »

Oregon Shooting 'Lucky One' Gives Details of Massacre

Mathew Downing describes how it unfolded

(Newser) - The 18-year-old college student singled out by the shooter as the "lucky one" to survive and deliver a package to law enforcement has told his story for the first time about the massacre in Roseburg, Oregon. In a written statement that was the most detailed account thus far of... More »

Dylann Roof's Friend Is Now Target of Investigation

Joseph Meek being investigated for allegedly lying to authorities

(Newser) - Joseph Meek met Dylann Roof in middle school, and back in May, Roof asked him for a place to stay. Now Meek, 21, is the "potential target" of a federal criminal investigation into the June mass shooting at a Charleston church of which Roof is accused. Meek tells the... More »

Survivor: Dylann Roof 'Caught Us With Eyes Closed'

'He should have to think about this the rest of his life,' says Polly Sheppard

(Newser) - Felicia Sanders says she had just bowed her head in prayer when it happened. Dylann Roof, whom the Bible study group in Charleston had welcomed with open arms, opened fire, killing nine black parishioners. Only Sanders, her 11-year-old granddaughter, and another woman, Polly Sheppard, were left alive. "We were... More »

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty in Church Massacre

Dylann Roof won't go on trial before July 2016

(Newser) - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old charged with killing nine people in the June shooting massacre at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. In court documents filed today, the prosecutors cited reasons for pursuing the death penalty, including the number of people killed and the... More »

Scientists Study Lost Site of Largest Native American Massacre

Cavalrymen killed at least 250 Shoshone men, women, children in Idaho in 1863

(Newser) - By the end of that frigid day in January 1863, the blood of at least 250 men, women, and children stained the ground in Idaho. But rather than occupying a dark place in American history, the victims of the nation's single largest Native American massacre—Shoshone Indians slaughtered in... More »

South Carolina Senate: Take That Flag Down

State senate votes 37-3 to remove the Confederate battle flag

(Newser) - The South Carolina senate today voted overwhelmingly in favor of removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, the Post & Courier reports. In the wake of a racially motivated massacre that left nine black church members dead in Charleston, the Republican-controlled Senate voted 37-3 to have the battle... More »

Blackwater Guards Get Hefty Sentences

Nicholas Slatten gets life; 3 others get 30 years each

(Newser) - A federal judge sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others. The carnage in Baghdad's Nisoor Square caused an international uproar over the use... More »

Images Show Boko Haram's 'Deadliest Attack Ever'

Amnesty International releases satellite images of Baga, Doron Baga

(Newser) - New satellite images reveal the extent of Boko Haram's "largest and most destructive" assault yet in Nigeria, where hundreds have been murdered over the past two weeks. Two satellite images from Jan. 2 and Jan. 7, released by Amnesty International , show "devastation of catastrophic proportions" in the... More »

2K Feared Dead in Nigeria Attacks

Extremist group Boko Haram said to assault 16 towns

(Newser) - Islamic militants in Nigeria have murdered at least a few hundred people—or perhaps more than 2,000—in attacks that began last weekend and continued again Wednesday, CNN reports. The extremist group Boko Haram began the assaults by storming into several villages, including Baga along the Chad border, in... More »

Pakistani Children Recount Stories of Survival, Horror

'I will never forget the black boots approaching me'

(Newser) - As Pakistan begins to bury its children , more stories are emerging from yesterday's Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar: of survival, and of horror. Some of them:
  • Among the children who survived: those who pretended they were dead, even after being shot. Bloomberg talks to Syed Basit Naqvi,
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JK Rowling Reaches Out to Survivor of Family Shooting

Texas teen Cassidy Stay quoted Dumbledore at her family's memorial service

(Newser) - Cassidy Stay, the Texas teen who made headlines in July when she became the sole survivor of a family massacre that left her parents and four younger siblings dead, quoted a Harry Potter novel at her family's memorial service: "In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore says, 'Happiness... More »

Man Convicted in 1991 Arizona Monk Massacre

After 3rd trial, Doody guilty of 9 murders

(Newser) - It was one of Arizona's most notorious murder cases: the executions of nine people, including six monks, at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple. Two men were imprisoned for life in the 1991 killing but in 2011, an appeals court overturned the conviction of Johnathan Doody, ruling that investigators improperly... More »

Lanza, Mom Didn't Speak for 3 Months Before Shooting

State's attorney releases Sandy Hook report that closes investigation

(Newser) - Adam Lanza apparently planned the Sandy Hook massacre by himself and left no evidence of why he killed 27 people at a Connecticut elementary school last year, according to a report released today. "Why did the shooter murder twenty-seven people, including twenty children?" wrote Danbury State's Attorney Stephen... More »

Sandy Hook Victim's Dad Turns Her Life Into Music

Saxophonist Jimmy Greene says he grieves for his daughter every day

(Newser) - Jazz musician Jimmy Greene said he couldn't touch his saxophone for a month—after his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, was murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre , the New York Times reports. "I don’t know if we’ll ever feel whole again," said Green, who also... More »

Illinois City OKs Dig for 1922 Massacre Victims

About 2 dozen killed in labor dispute in Herrin

(Newser) - A notorious labor dispute nearly a century ago in the city of Herrin, Ill., left nearly two dozen non-union and union miners dead. Now researchers are digging into the local cemetery to find them. The city council has given a team led by a geologist at Eastern Illinois University the... More »

US Soldier Gets Life Without Parole in Massacre

Robert Bales killed 16 Afghan villagers

(Newser) - The second of two high-profile military trials is in the books: A military jury has sentenced a US soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year to life in prison without a chance of parole. The decision came today in the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales , who pleaded guilty... More »

1863 Indian Massacre Site Uncovered in California

Now, the Paiutes and DWP are fighting to leave the area untouched

(Newser) - Archaeologists say they've stumbled upon a grim page in American history: the site of the 1863 Owens Lake massacre. The Los Angeles Times provides a history lesson: The Paiute Indians occupied land some 200 miles north of LA that proved desirable to an influx of ranchers in the mid... More »

Norway Massacre Turned Into a ... Musical?

New work contemplates Anders Breivik's mass killing

(Newser) - An upcoming British musical show will tackle the grim subject of Anders Breivik's 2011 massacre of 77 people, reports the Guardian . But after researching in Norway, David Greig opted to set his work, called The Events, in Scotland and not mention Breivik's name. "Some people asked us... More »

106 Dead in New Syria Massacre

Burned bodies point to pro-Assad militia

(Newser) - Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appear to have carried out another massacre, killing 106 people in Homs this week, reports Reuters . While it is unclear whether the killings were done by the Syrian military or a militia loyal to Assad, activists pointed out Homs has been the center... More »

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