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Teen Helped Girl Hang Herself. Now, the Sentence

Tyerell Przybycien says his actions don't 'deserve pity'

(Newser) - A teenager found guilty of helping his schoolmate hang herself has received his prison sentence: five years to life, CNN reports. Tyerell Przybycien, now 19, bought the rope and compressed air that 16-year-old Jchandra Brown used to take her own life in a Utah campground in May 2017. He also... More »

Malaysian Court Orders US Citizen to the Gallows

Gerald Mickelson found guilty of murdering ex-wife

(Newser) - A Malaysian court has sentenced an American man to death by hanging for killing his ex-wife, but the man will appeal the ruling on the grounds that he acted in self-defense, the AP reports. Lawyer KA Ramu says the High Court found his client, 63-year-old Gerald Wayne Mickelson, guilty of... More »

Japan Carries Out 2nd Mass Execution This Month

Final 6 Aum Shinrikyo members hanged

(Newser) - Thursday was the final day of reckoning for members of a doomsday cult that killed dozens of people in Japan in the 1990s. Six members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult were hanged, weeks after the mass execution of cult leader Shoko Asahara and another six of his followers , the BBC... More »

In Japan, Mass Hanging of Cult Leader, 6 Followers

They were members of Aum Shinrikyo, responsible for Japan's worst terrorist attack

(Newser) - Japan on Friday executed the leader of a doomsday cult and six of his followers, public broadcaster NHK reports, a mass hanging that had been rumored for months . Chizuo Matsumoto, also known as Shoko Asahara, was the head of Aum Shinrikyo, the group responsible for the 1995 sarin nerve gas... More »

10 Found Hanging in Family's Home Had Cotton in Ears

Writings found suggest 'definite spiritual and mystical practices,' say Delhi police

(Newser) - Police say it's "still too early" to know how 10 family members ended up dead and hanging from the ceiling in Delhi, India, but some early details from their investigation into the deaths are dribbling out. The bodies of the 10, as well as that of an elderly... More »

Malaysia Sentences Aussie Grandma to Death by Hanging

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was found to be carrying meth in her luggage in 2014

(Newser) - A 54-year-old Australian grandmother who was acquitted of drug trafficking charges in December has just seen the tables turn. The ruling was overturned on appeal, and a Malaysian court on Tuesday sentenced her to death, with the head of a three-judge panel saying "you are convicted and will suffer... More »

Tycoon's Brother Found Liable for Rebecca Zahau's Odd Death

Zahau's family awarded $5M in wrongful death suit over 'bizarre' 2011 hanging

(Newser) - Rebecca Zahau was found hanged naked with her hands and feet bound in a California mansion in July 2011, and investigators concluded it was suicide . The 32-year-old's family alleged it was murder , and on Wednesday a San Diego jury decided someone else was responsible for her death. The Arizona ... More »

3 Boys Saw a Man Attempting Suicide. 'Leave Me,' He Said

English students rewarded for saving man's life

(Newser) - Last year, three schoolboys stumbled on a man trying to hang himself off a bridge. Now they've been awarded by a British charity for saving the man's life, the Sun reports. "If ever there was a story to balance up the bad ones this is it,"... More »

Wichita Hangman Gained Renown for Nazi Executions

New book will chronicle controversial role of John C. Woods

(Newser) - The name John C. Woods may not be familiar to most Americans, but it turns out the Wichita native played a unique role in history in the aftermath of World War II. As the Wichita Eagle explains, Woods was a US Army executioner who hanged 10 prominent Nazi war criminals... More »

Cops Reveal Cause of Death for Canadian Billionaire, Wife

Homicide squad has taken the lead in investigation

(Newser) - The investigation into the mysterious deaths of a billionaire and his wife is now being led by homicide detectives, police say—suggesting the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman were either murder-suicide or a double murder. Police, who have described the deaths as "suspicious," revealed Sunday that the... More »

Guitar, Pill Bottles, Blood: Pics From Cornell's Hotel Room

Police report includes photos, details of what bodyguard and emergency workers found

(Newser) - A guitar lying on a chair. A plane ticket in pieces. A bathroom floor stained with blood. These are just some of the images contained in a Detroit Police Department report regarding the May death of Chris Cornell, obtained from an FOIA request by the Detroit Free Press . The Press... More »

Amnesty: Horrors at Syrian Prison Include Weekly Mass Hangings

Report details up to 13K executions at Saydnaya Prison

(Newser) - Every week, sometimes twice a week, a military facility in Syria executes more people than the United States executes in a year, according to a hard-hitting Amnesty International report on the "human slaughterhouse" that is Saydnaya Prison. Syria has been secretly killing up to 50 people at a time,... More »

Cops: Firefighters Take 'Random' Exit, Stop a Murder

Man was attempting to hang woman in underpass: cops

(Newser) - Firefighters were expecting to find, well, flames. Instead, they discovered a man attempting to hang a woman beneath an overpass near Utah's Parleys Canyon on Friday, police say. A four-man crew responding to a report of smoke at the mouth of the canyon around 8pm found nothing troubling, so... More »

FBI Conclusion on Black Teen's Hanging Death: Suicide, Not Hate Crime

One pathologist had suggested it was physically impossible for teen to hang himself

(Newser) - When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy's body was found hanging from a belt on a swing set in a predominantly white trailer park on Aug. 29, 2014, the morning before he was set to debut as a junior linebacker on his football team in the tiny town of Bladenboro, NC, local... More »

Worker Saves Puppy From Certain Death

Missouri maintenance supervisor was in the right place at the right time

(Newser) - There's a very lucky puppy still happily wagging its tail in Springfield, Mo., thanks to a quick-on-his-feet maintenance worker. Per the New York Daily News , security video shows what happened during Brian Ussery's shift Wednesday morning at an apartment building: A man with his dog on a leash... More »

Actor Declared Dead After Noose Scene

Family members don't believe it was suicide

(Newser) - An Italian actor has been declared dead after a hanging scene apparently went horribly wrong. Raphael Schumacher, 27, was taking part in a live theater performance of "Mirages" at the Teatro Lux in Pisa, Italy, last Saturday when a spectator found him unconscious. The Washington Post reports the play... More »

Father, Son Dead in Double Hanging: Cops

Coroner thinks both committed suicide

(Newser) - A father and his adult son were found hanging from a tree at their Ohio home, and the coroner thinks both committed suicide. Miami County Coroner Dr. William Ginn says the men were discovered in the backyard of their home in Tipp City in western Ohio. The Troy Daily News... More »

Advocates Are Fuming Over Pakistan's Latest Execution

Some say Shafqat Hussain was a minor at time of killing, confessed under torture

(Newser) - Despite last-minute pleas to save his life, a convicted killer who some say may have been innocent was hanged in a Pakistan prison early today. Shafqat Hussain, convicted of kidnapping and murdering a 7-year-old boy in 2004, reportedly confessed to police, though his lawyer says he only did so under... More »

Lawyer: Here's Why Sandra Bland Was Really Arrested

Attorney Cannon Lambert describes what he saw in dashcam video

(Newser) - The traffic stop that led to Sandra Bland's death escalated over something fairly minor, according to the family's lawyer. Named Cannon Lambert, he tells NBC News what he saw in dashcam video of the black activist's roadside traffic stop on July 10 in Texas. Lambert says the... More »

Confusion in Wake of Indian Farmer's Suicide at Rally

Supposed suicide note mentions poverty, but some say Gajendra Singh was egged on

(Newser) - A land-reform rally in India's capital went horribly awry yesterday when a farmer took his own life in front of attendees, the Independent reports. Gajendra Singh, said by the Hindustan Times to be a 43-year-old father of three, shocked onlookers at the Aam Aadmi Party gathering by climbing a... More »

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