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Here's What Rhoden Family Massacre Autopsy Reports Say

Journalists were allowed to view the preliminary reports

(Newser) - It's been two years since the Rhoden family massacre in Pike County, Ohio, and while the killings remain stubbornly unsolved, more details of the crime itself have now emerged. That's thanks to a ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court, which allowed journalists to see the preliminary autopsy reports... More »

130 Years After La. Massacre, Search for Bodies Begins

Up to 60 African-Americans were killed in Thibodaux in 1887

(Newser) - A patch of ground in southern Louisiana is being surveyed to see if it holds a mass grave from a Reconstruction-era racial massacre. Ground-penetrating radar and limited coring will be used during a survey Thursday in Thibodaux, where locals believe white mobs dumped the bodies of African-Americans they killed during... More »

After 5th-Century Massacre, Bodies Were Left to Rot

Archaeologists find a grim end at Sandby borg

(Newser) - "In most cases where human remains have been found in connection with … scenes of brutal violence, the bodies have been buried in mass graves. This is not the case at Sandby borg," write the authors of a new study published in the journal Antiquity . The Swedish site,... More »

Amazon Tribespeople Said to Have Been 'Massacred' in Brazil

Gold miners are suspected in the killings

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Brazil are investigating a "massacre" of several members of an uncontacted Amazon tribe. It appears about 10 members of the tribe were out gathering eggs last month when they encountered gold miners by a river in the remote Javari Valley, the New York Times reports. The victims... More »

Odd Development in Ohio Massacre Case

Cops say victim's brother destroyed GPS device

(Newser) - Ohio state authorities have charged the brother of one of the eight relatives slain in an unsolved massacre with tampering with evidence and vandalism over the destruction of a GPS tracking device they placed on his truck. The state attorney general's office accused James Manley of destroying the device... More »

Ohio Murder Victims May Have Put Up a Fight

Autopsies show some had soft tissue bruising

(Newser) - While authorities say some of the victims of Ohio's "execution-style" killings died in their sleep, others may have put up a fight. Autopsies show some members of the Rhoden family had soft tissue bruising, suggesting they resisted their killer or killers, the Pike County Medical Examiner said Tuesday,... More »

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 »

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