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Study: This Is the Kind of Man Who Murders His Partner

There are striking similarities among these convicts

(Newser) - The kind of man who kills his wife or family fits a pattern, and this new understanding of who commits this kind of murder could help prevent them from happening in the first place. So report Northwestern University researchers in the Journal of Forensic Sciences after interviewing and evaluating 153... More »

2 Killers Break Out of Prison With Power Tools

Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, gone from maximum-security prison

(Newser) - Two convicted murderers used power tools to cut through steel pipes at a maximum-security prison near the Canadian border and escape through a manhole, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today. "It was an elaborate plot," Cuomo said after joining law enforcement authorities to retrace the prisoners' escape route from... More »

Rapist Who Can't Bear Prison to Be Euthanized

Belgian killer didn't want parole but couldn't bear prison

(Newser) - Frank Van Den Bleeken, a Belgian man in prison for multiple rapes and a rape-murder, has decided he wants to die and authorities have decided they can grant that request. Van Den Bleeken, 50, has been in prison for nearly 30 years and has declined to seek parole because he... More »

How the Media Can Help Stop Mass Murders

Gina Tron was once feared to be a killer

(Newser) - Gina Tron made headlines as a teenager when people mistakenly feared she planned to go on a killing spree at her high school. Now, she writes at Politico about how she enjoyed her brief fame—and how mass murderers seek media validation. If we stop offering them a platform, she... More »

Quadruple Murderer Flees Prison, Carjacks Woman

Michael David Elliot still at large, possibly in Indiana

(Newser) - A murderer serving five life sentences escaped from a Michigan prison yesterday and apparently abducted a woman, who managed to escape. Michael David Elliot, 40, who was convicted of murdering four people in a botched attempt to steal drug money in 1993, is still at large, CNN reports. Ionia Correctional... More »

This 20-Year-Old Is a Suspect in 79 Murders

Juan Pablo Vazquez was arrested earlier this month

(Newser) - He's just 20 years old, but Juan Pablo Vazquez is believed to have killed 79 people ... at least. Reuters reports that Vazquez was nabbed this month in northern Mexico, and has since confessed to having a hand in 45 murders; he is being investigated in connection with another 34... More »

Murderer Freed by Accident Is Caught—While Watching TV

Steven Robbins back in jail in Indiana

(Newser) - Talk about your anticlimactic fugitive hunts: A convicted murder who walked out of jail scot-free because of a bureaucratic mistake ended up at a buddy's house watching TV. Now Steven Robbins is back in custody after two days on the lam and a recapture that was "without incident,... More »

Murderer: I'll Kill Pregnant Women Til DC Sniper Freed

Note under body promises one death a week; cops suspect hoax

(Newser) - Investigating the death of a pregnant Brooklyn woman this weekend, police found a note under her body. Its warning: One pregnant woman will be killed every week until "the DC sniper" is released. Police doubt the authenticity of the threat, saying it's likely intended to distract them, the... More »

Imprisoned van der Sloot Gets Woman Pregnant

Murderer had 'unsupervised visit,' Dutch newspaper reports

(Newser) - Somehow, Joran van der Sloot—who is in prison for the 2010 murder of Peruvian Stephany Flores and is suspected in the 2005 disappearance of American Natalee Holloway —still holds appeal to some women. A Dutch newspaper reports that van der Sloot, who is serving a 28-year sentence in... More »

When Arrested, Magnotta Was Reading About Himself

'Attention whore' killer brought down by narcissism, says expert

(Newser) - Luka Rocco Magnotta once published an online guide to disappearing, but he wasn't such a cunning fugitive in real life. The Canadian, who is accused of murdering a man and sending his body parts to political offices, was arrested at an Internet cafe in Berlin yesterday , and police say... More »

Hours Before Release, Killer Dies in Prison

Carl Wade was terminally ill with heart, lung diseases

(Newser) - Good things don't always come to those who wait: Last Tuesday, a California appeals court finalized its ruling that would have granted Carl Wade, a 66-year-old convicted killer, compassionate release. Wade, who was serving a 32-years-to-life sentence for a 1986 murder and suffering from heart and lung disease, was... More »

Alleged Body-Parts Killer Caught in Berlin

Porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta nabbed in German cafe

(Newser) - The international manhunt for Luka Rocco Magnotta ended today at an Internet café in Berlin, where police nabbed the porn actor/alleged killer, sources tell German newspaper Bild . Magnotta, who is accused of killing and dismembering a man on camera and then mailing the body parts to Canadian political parties, was... More »

Deputies Find Dead Body in Mountain Bunker

Seems Peter Keller shot himself during standoff with deputies

(Newser) - Authorities in Washington state say they've found a body in an elaborate bunker they had surrounded in the Cascade Mountains, and it appears to be that of a man wanted for killing his wife and teenage daughter last weekend. The King County Sheriff's Office sent word via Twitter... More »

Booming 'Murderabilia' Sales Spur Outrage

Victims' rights advocates slam 'insidious and despicable industry'

(Newser) - Sales of the personal effects, letters, and even fingernail clippings of mass murderers and serial killers are stronger than ever thanks to the Internet, but victims' rights advocates say it's time to end the trade in "murderabilia," the Washington Post reports. Only eight states have laws banning... More »

Inmate Demands California Pay for Sex Change

Lyralisa Stevens sues for surgery to move to safer women's prison

(Newser) - A murderer is suing California, demanding the state pay for her sex change operation and move her from a men's prison to a safer women's prison. The state has provided Lyralisa Stevens, who lives as a female, with sex hormones since 2003 when she began a 50 year-to-life... More »

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