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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 »

America's First School Massacre Still Its Deadliest

Andrew Kehoe's bombs killed 45 in 1927

(Newser) - You can blame Hollywood's obsession with violence or questionable gun regulation , but America's history of school massacres predates all that. Slate takes a look at the first mass killing of schoolchildren in the US, which took place in the small town of Bath, Michigan, in 1927, and left... More »

School Victims All Shot With Semiautomatic Rifle

Police release names, ages of the victims

(Newser) - The victims of the Connecticut school shooting were shot multiple times with a semiautomatic rifle, the medical examiner said today, and he called the injuries "devastating" and the worst he and colleagues had ever seen. All of the 20 children killed were 6 or 7 years old and each... More »

Bales Thought He 'Was Doing Right' in Afghan Massacre

Was surprised when told to drop weapons

(Newser) - The US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in March was baffled when fellow soldiers told him to relinquish his weapons: Robert Bales told a fellow soldier "I thought I was doing the right thing," that soldier told the court at a hearing yesterday. Bales had been... More »

Hearing Begins for Soldier Accused in Afghan Massacre

Robert Bales appeared in court today

(Newser) - Robert Bales , the US soldier accused of slipping away from his outpost and slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in March, made his first appearance in a military courtroom today for the beginning of his preliminary hearing, after which an investigative officer will recommend whether the case should proceed to a... More »

Alps Massacre Victim Saw Only One Killer

7-year-old girl could be crucial witness

(Newser) - A clue has emerged in the brutal murder of three British family members as they vacationed in the French Alps last week. One of the survivors, a 7-year-old girl, reveals to police she saw only one killer, reports Sky News . Zainab al-Hilli, the daughter and granddaughter of the victims, could... More »

Amazon Tribe Obliterated by Illegal Gold Miners

Garimpeiros are said to be behind the attack on the Yanomami

(Newser) - An Amazon village has been all but obliterated in Venezuela, according to reports leaking out of the remote region. The Guardian reports on the claims, which are tied to a July incident and point a finger at Brazilian garimpeiro miners who enter the country to illegally hunt for gold. Locals... 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 »

Breivik's Fate: 3-Room Cell or Personal Psych Ward

Norway killer learns his fate Friday

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik is expected to learn his sentence Friday for the rampage in Norway that killed 77. His guilt isn't in question, so he won't be going free. But as the AP notes, he won't exactly be getting harsh treatment no matter the outcome. If he... More »

Dark Knight Suspect Planned Attack: Officials

Director Christopher Nolan calls carnage 'devastating'

(Newser) - James Holmes appears to have planned his assault on Dark Knight fans for some time. Law enforcement officials say he began buying weapons from gun stores around Aurora, Colorado, two months ago, and came to the Dark Knight Rises premiere fully stocked—with a Smith & Wesson AR-15 assault-style rifle,... More »

Colorado Victim Escaped Mall Shooting Last Month

Jessica Ghawi is among the 12 reported fatalities

(Newser) - One of the first victims to be identified in Colorado is Jessica Ghawi, an aspiring sports journalist, reports People . Especially wrenching is the fact that last month, she wrote of being in Toronto's Eaton Centre mall just moments before a fatal shooting there. "I was shown how fragile... More »

UN Team: Syria Targeted Rebels in Tremseh

But the massacre violated Syria's commitment to peace

(Newser) - A visiting UN mission said today that Syria's assault on the village of Tremseh targeted mostly activists and rebels, not civilians, as some reports had claimed. But the attack did violate Syria's peace commitment to the UN and the Arab League by using heavy weapons such as artillery... More »

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