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Missouri Rampage Victims Were Killed in Bedrooms

Shooter just walked into houses, coroner says

(Newser) - Investigators aren't sure they will ever know what sparked Joseph Aldridge's deadly rampage in Missouri —but it's clear the seven people he allegedly shot to death in four houses had no idea what was coming. "There were no signs of forced entry, and he apparently... More »

Rampage Began After Shooter Found Dead Mom

Police think Joseph Aldridge went after relatives after discovery

(Newser) - Today's shooting rampage in Missouri appears to have started after the gunman came home to find his mother dead on the couch of natural causes. She was 74 and had been ill, and police in Tyrone don't suspect foul play in her death. For reasons that remain unclear,... More »

Cop on Missouri Mass Murder: 'This Is Bad'

Gunman among the dead, police say

(Newser) - Seven people were shot to death in a middle-of-the-night shooting rampage in Texas County, Mo., the Houston Herald reports. The attacks in the south-central part of the state took place at multiple sites. A 36-year-old suspected gunman from Tyrone is also dead, police tell KTVI , saying he was discovered in... More »

Missouri Pol Arranges Interviews, Then Kills Self

Tom Schweich, candidate for governor, shot himself, say police

(Newser) - Missouri's political world was stunned today with the news that Tom Schweich, the state auditor and a Republican candidate for governor, was dead from what police are calling a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 54-year-old apparently shot himself in his own home this morning, just minutes after calling reporters from... More »

Lawyer: 'Sincere Love' Behind Hoax Kidnapping

Family was only trying to help 6-year-old, he says

(Newser) - The family that staged a terrifying hoax kidnapping to teach a 6-year-old boy to beware of strangers was doing so out of an "intense and sincere love for the child," a lawyer for two of the suspects says, though he admits that their judgment was "extremely poor.... More »

Cops: Family Kidnaps Boy as Lesson About Strangers

6-year-old's own aunt, grandmother, and mom all reportedly in on horrific plot

(Newser) - On Monday, a 6-year-old Missouri boy went to hell and back: Police say he was kidnapped from his bus stop and put through a traumatic four-hour ordeal that was allegedly plotted by his aunt, a co-worker she recruited, the child's grandmother, and his own mom, Fox News reports. The... More »

5-Year-Old Shoots, Kills Baby Brother

Accidental death occurred after boy found gun: reports

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy shot and killed his infant brother in what authorities say was an accident, KCTV reports. The older boy found the loaded gun while the 9-month-old was in a playpen yesterday morning, says Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White of the events in the small town of Elmo, Mo.... More »

Missouri Town Hosting Vigil for Dead Deer

Some of suburb's residents upset by money being spent to kill deer

(Newser) - Residents of a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., will hold a candlelight vigil for dead deer tomorrow night. It may sound silly, but residents are also protesting the hefty sum that Town and Country officials have paid to thin the animal's population over the last few years. Vigil organizers... More »

Police Officer Kills Teen 2 Miles From Ferguson

St. Louis County Police say suspect was armed, pointed gun at cop

(Newser) - The town of Berkeley, Mo., is roughly 2 miles from Ferguson and today finds itself dealing with some Ferguson-like protests after a police officer shot and killed a black teen who was allegedly armed last night. Per a statement posted to Facebook by St. Louis County Police, the officer, doing... More »

Missouri Executes Record 10th Inmate of the Year

Paul Goodwin used hammer to kill elderly neighbor

(Newser) - A Missouri inmate was put to death early today for fatally beating a 63-year-old woman with a hammer in 1998, the state's record 10th lethal injection of 2014 to match Texas for the most executions in the country this year. Paul Goodwin, 48, sexually assaulted Joan Crotts in St.... More »

NAACP Marching from Ferguson to Governor's Mansion

Plus: mayor announces efforts to broaden police demographics

(Newser) - The Journey for Justice has begun: The NAACP has launched a march from Ferguson, Mo., to the state capital of Jefferson City, KSDK reports. "This is a peaceful march and we're seeking systemic, fundamental reform of policing in this country," says the organization's president and CEO,... More »

Darren Wilson Speaks Out for 1st Time

George Stephanopoulos gets interview with Ferguson, Mo., police officer

(Newser) - Darren Wilson says he has a clear conscience and wouldn't have done anything differently during his fatal encounter with unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Tonight, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer is speaking publicly about the violent encounter for the first time in an ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos. Wilson... More »

National Guard Is Returning to Ferguson

Gov. Jay Nixon takes action before Michael Brown grand jury decision

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency today and activated the National Guard in advance of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Nixon says the National... More »

Woman Gets 78 Years for Waterboarding Kids

Missouri children subjected to 'systematic torture'

(Newser) - A St. Louis woman's brutal mistreatment of her three children went far beyond the legal definition of child abuse to become systematic torture, prosecutors say. Lakechia Schonta Stanley, 34, has been sentenced to 78 years in prison for the abuse, which included whippings with electrical cords, beatings with blunt... More »

Video, Radio Calls Offer Clearer Picture of Ferguson Events

Officer Darren Wilson appears in footage following encounter

(Newser) - More details in the shooting of Michael Brown are emerging after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch released video footage and radio calls from the hours surrounding the event. The calls offer a glimpse of Darren Wilson's messages in the moments before the shooting, while video reveals Wilson heading to the... More »

Missouri Governor Warns Ferguson: No Riots

State, city prepare ahead of grand jury decision

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said today that law enforcement officials have been working around the clock to make sure residents and businesses are kept safe once prosecutors announce whether a Ferguson police officer will face charges for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown . A grand jury is expected to decide later... More »

Missouri Man Gets Last-Minute Stay of Execution

Supreme Court cites ineffective lawyers

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court has granted a last-minute stay of execution to a Missouri man who killed a woman and her two children, citing concerns that his legal counsel was ineffective. Mark Christeson, 35, was scheduled to die by injection a minute after midnight at the state prison in Bonne... More »

15 Ex-Judges Try to Halt Missouri Execution

Lawyers 'abandoned' Mark Christeson, they say

(Newser) - Mark Christeson is scheduled to die in Missouri at a minute after midnight tomorrow, but no fewer than 15 former state and federal judges are seeking a stay of execution on the basis that his lawyers were terrible. The two court-appointed public defenders who represent Christeson were 117 days late... More »

St. Louis Cops: Dead Teen Had Gunshot Residue

Say tests prove Vonderrit Myers fired in fatal exchange with off-duty cop

(Newser) - Gunshot residue was on the hand, waistband, and shirt of an 18-year-old man killed by a St. Louis police officer last week , authorities said yesterday. Police union leaders said the lab test by the Missouri State Highway Patrol dispels claims that Vonderrit Myers didn't shoot at the officer on... More »

Some Highway Guardrails Can Be Deadly: Officials

Malfunction can turn rails into dangerous "spears" when hit by cars, officials say

(Newser) - Highway guardrails are, in theory, designed to keep drivers safe. But the Missouri DOT has banned a certain rail after safety concerns cropped up during an ongoing investigation, Ozarksfirst.com reports. Officials say a malfunction in the ET-Plus system made by Trinity Industries can jam a guardrail's head when... More »

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