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Inmates Beheaded in Brazil Prison Mutinies

18 die, dozens escape in 3 uprisings

(Newser) - At least 18 inmates died in clashes in two separate penitentiaries in Brazil's Amazon region and more than three dozen escaped after a third prison riot caused a large fire in a complex outside Sao Paulo, officials say. Authorities are investigating a possible connection between the first two uprisings... More »

Cops Found a Head in a Bucket. Then Things Got Weird

In his truck police found cash, firearms, and a bucket with the head inside

(Newser) - The severed head of Llewelyn Lucas, a beloved local pastor in Belize, was on July 16 found stuffed into a bucket in the back of a truck outside a bar. But as police began to investigate, things only got weirder, reports Vice in a lengthy look at last weekend's... More »

Militants Behead 2nd Canadian Hostage

Captors in the Philippines demanded huge ransom

(Newser) - Philippine officials confirmed Tuesday that Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded a Canadian man, the second Canadian hostage to be killed in two months after demands for a large ransom were not met. The hostage, Robert Hall, was abducted from a marina last September along with another Canadian, a Norwegian, and a... More »

London Has a Serial Animal Killer on Its Hands

Dozens of cats, foxes, rabbits, birds found with their heads, tails, or paws cut off

(Newser) - Southern England is now on high alert after a series of animal killings across the region—mostly in the form of beheadings—has rendered the original moniker, the Croydon Cat Killer, far too specific. The person is killing well outside the London borough of Croydon and claiming not just felines,... More »

Moscow Nanny Accused of Beheading Child

She was arrested while waving the head in public

(Newser) - A grisly crime out of Moscow: Police on Monday arrested a woman who was seen waving the severed head of a small child outside a subway station, reports AP . She is suspected of killing the child when it was in her care, officials said. Videos posted on Russian news websites... More »

ISIS Raids Libyan City, Beheads 12

Militants continue push to control key city

(Newser) - Islamic State affiliates in Libya briefly took over the security headquarters in the western city of Sabratha, killing and beheading 12 security officers before being driven out early Wednesday, two city security officials said. The incident highlighted the enduring presence and unpredictable striking power of the ISIS militants in the... More »

Man Who Beheaded Boss Kills Himself in Prison

Frenchman Yassin Salhi reportedly had radical Islamic ties

(Newser) - A Frenchman charged with beheading his boss and attaching the severed head to a fence in June has been found dead in a surprise end to the case of the man with reported ties to radical Islam who allegedly tried and failed to blow up a gas plant. Prison officials... More »

ISIS Claims Video Shows Beheading of Russian Spy

It claims the execution is retaliation for Russia's bombings in Syria

(Newser) - ISIS released a video Wednesday it claims shows a Russian jihadist beheading a Russian spy, NBC News reports. In the video—titled "You Shall be Disappointed and Humiliated O Russians"—the victim identifies himself as Magomed Khasiyev from the Chechen Republic. According to Arutz Sheva , the 23-year-old admits... More »

ISIS Beheads Archaeology Pioneer

Khaled al-Asaad beheaded in Palmyra, where he worked for 50 years

(Newser) - A tragic blow to the archaeology community: Islamic State militants have beheaded one of Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars in a square in the seized city of Palmyra, where dozens of people gathered to watch, Syrian state media and a British activist group report, via the AP . The body... More »

ISIS Reportedly Shows Body of Beheaded Hostage

Tomislav Salopek was reported kidnapped July 22

(Newser) - An online image circulated today purports to show a Croatian hostage held by the Islamic State's Egyptian affiliate beheaded. The still image, shared by ISIS sympathizers on social media, showed the apparent body of Tomislav Salopek, a married, 30-year-old father of two, wearing a beige jumpsuit looking like the... More »

Man May Have Paid $55K to Kill Africa's Most Famous Lion

Spaniard sought in killing of Cecil

(Newser) - Months after Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe came under fire for exporting 23 elephant calves to China ( National Geographic has published undercover photos), the park is again mired in controversy—this time after a hunter skinned and beheaded Africa's most famous lion, 13-year-old Cecil. The lion was wearing... More »

Bankers Canned for 'Team-Building' ISIS Video

Which they reportedly made for a corporate exercise

(Newser) - If you're scratching your head trying to figure out how making a mock ISIS execution video is positive in any way, much less a valuable team-building exercise, you and HSBC management are on the same page. The bank has fired six UK employees for doing just that after they... More »

ISIS Beheadings Hit a Terrifying New 'First'

First females beheaded by sword in Syria: Syrian Observatory

(Newser) - The Islamic State has beheaded two female civilians in Syria "by the use of sword in public" for the first time, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The women were killed alongside their husbands in Deir Ezzor and Mayadin over the past two days. All were accused... More »

Terror Suspect Took Selfie With Severed Head: Report

Sources: Yassin Salhi sent gruesome pic via WhatsApp to at least 1 person

(Newser) - A gruesome coda to an already gruesome story : French officials are reporting that Yassin Salhi, the suspect detained yesterday in the beheading of his boss at a gas plant, took a selfie with the victim's head and sent it to at least one recipient, reports the AFP . Two anonymous... More »

Severed Head on Gate Belonged to Suspect's Boss

Body was found inside the factory

(Newser) - Yesterday's attack on a gas plant in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France, was made all the more gruesome by the revelation that a severed head was found hanging from the factory's wire fence along with banners with Arabic inscriptions. That head belonged to the alleged attacker's boss, reports Reuters . French... More »

Saudi Arabia Now Hiring Executioners

Beheading rate has more than doubled since last year

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia has stepped up its execution rate: Eighty-five people have been beheaded so far this year, compared to 88 in all of 2014, according to Human Rights Watch—and created job opportunities in the process. The country's Ministry of Civil Service has advertised for eight executioners, with no... More »

Video Shows ISIS Beheading Christians

Victims are made to lie face-down before militants

(Newser) - A video purporting to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages has been released by militants in Libya claiming loyalty to the Islamic State group. The video, released tonight, depicted several men in orange jumpsuits being led along a beach, each accompanied by a masked militant. The men are... More »

Saudi Arabia Arrests Man Who Filmed Beheading

Human rights activists distributed video showing public execution

(Newser) - Earlier this month, the world got a graphic look at how Saudi Arabia performs executions—and now the man who filmed the execution in question has been arrested. In the unnamed man's video, a woman who had been convicted of murder was "proclaiming her innocence" in the street... More »

Sheriff: Florida Man Beheaded 'Nagging' Mom

Son, 23, told cops he had planned axe murder for days

(Newser) - A 23-year-old man beheaded his mother with an axe on New Year's Eve and explained to investigators that he was fed up with her nagging him to put some boxes away, authorities in Oldsmar, Fla., say. Cops were called to the Tampa-area home after the older brother of Christian... More »

Beheading Victim Fought Killer, Autopsy Shows

Okla. death report says Colleen Hufford had 'defensive injuries' on hands, arm

(Newser) - An autopsy shows that a woman who was beheaded at an Oklahoma food-processing plant apparently tried to fight off her attacker, who had a serrated cooking knife. Colleen Hufford, 54, was killed in the Sept. 25 attack at Vaughan Foods in Moore. The autopsy released yesterday says she died of... More »

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