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His Teen Wife Was Murdered in Front of Him—at His Request

Morrad Ghonim found guilty in wife's 1992 murder

(Newser) - On July 23, 1992, Morrad Ghonim watched his 17-year-old wife die. The couple had taken their 6-month-old son to Creek Park in La Mirada, Calif. Ghonim said he felt uncomfortable after a group of people called out at his wife and he wanted to leave, reports the Los Angeles Times ... More »

Married to the Minors—and the Mob

Promising upstart Maury Lerner watched his baseball career fizzle as he dove into organized crime

(Newser) - After Maury Lerner would carry out a killing for the New England mob, he'd detail his own stats for the day, including the people he knocked off and how quickly he'd done the job. Almost like a baseball player would rattle off his RBIs and homers—which makes... More »

Suge Knight: Dr. Dre Hired Hit Men to Kill Me

He says Dre was trying to get out of a contract

(Newser) - Rap mogul Suge Knight is suing Dr. Dre for allegedly hiring a hit man to kill him—and then hiring another to finish the job after the first assassin failed. Knight was shot seven times at a pre-VMAs party in 2014, and his lawsuit alleges that the shooting was carried... More »

Hit Man Who Killed Hundreds Has New Career on YouTube

'Remorseful Popeye' killed hundreds in Colombia

(Newser) - A Colombian hit man who has admitted murdering around 300 people and playing a role in the killings of thousands more is now making what he calls "clean money from honest work"—as a YouTube star. Jhon Jairo Velasquez, former chief enforcer for Pablo Escobar's Medellin cartel,... More »

Drew Peterson Convicted of Hiring Hit Man to Kill Prosecutor

He's facing another 60 years on top of the 38 he's already serving for murder

(Newser) - Drew Peterson was found guilty Tuesday of hiring a hit man to kill the prosecutor who put him away for murder four years ago, the Chicago Tribune reports. The former police officer faces an additional 60 years in prison on top of the 38 he's currently serving for... More »

Podiatrist, GF Tried to Off His Wife: Cops

And allegedly have a couple of insurance agents assaulted

(Newser) - Cops say "an exceptional citizen" led to the arrest of a podiatrist and his girlfriend in a murder-for-hire plot to kill the doctor's wife and beat up two insurance investigators, the Journal News reports. Police say father of three Ira Bernstein, 42, of Ramapo, NY, and Kelly Myzner... More »

Texas Woman Added to FBI Most Wanted List

She allegedly hired a hit man to kill a dentist

(Newser) - A Dallas woman accused of arranging for a hit man to kill a dentist who was dating her ex-boyfriend has been added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives list , the AP reports. Brenda Delgado, 33, is wanted for capital murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The FBI... More »

Hit Man Who Killed 300 Freed

Jhon Jairo Velasquez was Escobar's chief assassin

(Newser) - The Colombian hit man known as "Popeye" has been freed from prison after 22 years—which works out to around 27 days for each of the 300 people he has admitted killing. John Jairo Velasquez was the chief assassin for drug lord Pablo Escobar and is believed to have... More »

Man Stuns Cops by Confessing Life as Hitman

Jose Manuel Martinez suspected in as many as 40 deaths

(Newser) - When police arrested Jose Manuel Martinez, they suspected him only of the 2013 shooting of a man who made the mistake of insulting his daughter. So they were taken aback and a bit skeptical when the 51-year-old said he'd been a cartel hitman since age 16, and a good... More »

Woman Asked Us to Help Kill Her Husband: Cops

Then offered an undercover officer $30K and a shotgun to do the deed

(Newser) - Pro tip: When looking for a hit man, don't ask cops to hook you up. A woman in Boynton Beach, Fla., has been arrested after police say she hired an undercover agent posing as a hit man to kill her husband and a friend, the Palm Beach Post reports.... More »

School Teacher, Nurse Charged in Murder Plot

Angela Nolen, 47, allegedly paid $4K for killing of hubby

(Newser) - A kindergarten teacher and a school nurse in Virginia are accused of trying to kill the teacher's ex-husband in a murder-for-hire plot, Fox News reports. The teacher—Angela Nolen, 47—allegedly conspired with 37-year-old Cathy Bennett at the elementary school where they work in Rocky Mount, Va. But they... More »

Mexican Teen Hitman Suspected in 50 Murders

Alleged cartel assassin Francisco Miguel N., age 16, is arrested

(Newser) - Initially, police arrested Francisco Miguel N. for carrying a gun and drugs. But once he was in custody, the 16-year-old from Sinola made a confession: He was an assassin for Los Mazatlecos, a criminal group attached to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel. Now prosecutors believe the teen participated in at... More »

Cartel Hitman Lived in Small-Town Ohio

Edgar Campos-Barraza arrested in Sandusky, home to Cedar Point

(Newser) - You never know who your neighbor might be. In January, authorities arrested an alleged assassin employed by the most powerful drug cartel in Mexico who had been living in the small town of Sandusky, Ohio, for 10 years, reports CNN . Edgar Campos-Barraza, also known as "El Cholo," is... More »

Wash. Busts 'Ready to Snap' Army Colonel

Allegedly hired hit man, from same base as Afghanistan shooter

(Newser) - Police in Washington state have arrested an Army lieutenant colonel described as "ready to snap" by his commanding officer. Robert Underwood, 46, has been charged with felony harassment for allegedly hiring a hit man to kill his wife and the commanding officer. Prosecutors say Underwood, who is in the... More »

Woman Allegedly Sought Hitman to Kill Fur-Wearer

Meredith Lowell attempted to recruit killer on Facebook: Cops

(Newser) - An animal rights activist in Ohio had a plan for an anti-fur protest that went just a bit further than any stunt PETA has pulled: Meredith Lowell, 27, is accused of attempting to hire a hitman to kill a random fur-wearer in public. Lowell allegedly created a phony Facebook profile... More »

Dead Priests Hired Own Hit Men

Colombian pair made pact after one diagnosed with AIDS, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A pair of Colombian priests found shot dead in a car last year decided to commit suicide by hit man after one of them was diagnosed with AIDS, prosecutors say. Police initially suspected robbery when the priests' bodies were found, but investigators managed to trace two of the alleged assassins... More »

Lovestruck Hit Man Fakes Victim's Death With Ketchup

Photo of condiment-smeared woman fools wife who hired killer

(Newser) - In a twist that many soap opera writers would probably reject for being too unrealistic, a Brazilian hit man faked his victim's death after falling in love with her. The man, hired by a housewife to kill a woman she believed was having an affair with her husband, confessed... More »

Man Killed After Ex Sought Hit Man on Facebook

Philly man gunned down hours after charges against ex upheld

(Newser) - More than two months after Philadelphia mom London Eley posted "I will pay somebody a stack to kill my baby father" as her Facebook status , somebody has killed the father of her baby. Corey White, 22, was gunned down hours after a hearing in which a judge upheld murder... More »

Cops: Philly Mom Hires Hit Man on Facebook

Pair arrested after 'friend' calls cops

(Newser) - Move over, boasting bank robbers —some new contenders for stupidest Facebook criminals have arrived. Police say Philadelphia mother Eley London, 20, sought and found a hit man on Facebook after an argument with her ex-boyfriend, reports the New York Daily News . "I will pay somebody a stack to... More »

Cops: Priest Tried to Hire Hit Man to Kill Teen Accuser

Neighbor offered $5K to kill boy, say investigators

(Newser) - What's more damaging to the Catholic Church's image than a priest accused of sexual assault? How about a priest accused of sexual assault who allegedly tries to hire a hit man to kill his teen accuser? Investigators say 52-year-old Texas priest John Fiala offered a neighbor $5,000 to kill... More »

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