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Attorney, 3 Cops, 5 Others Accused in Crazy Murder

Man who scavenged metal was allegedly killed because of it

(Newser) - In a plot seemingly right out of this season of True Detective, a well-known criminal defense attorney and three California Highway Patrol officers, along with five other people, were arrested yesterday in connection with the 2012 murder of a 26-year-old man whose body was discovered in a remote forest near... More »

Cops: Disabled Woman Kept in Closet for 6-7 Years

Sister is charged with unlawful imprisonment

(Newser) - A 42-year-old disabled woman spent the past six or seven years of her life locked in a closet by her sister—thirsty, starving, and with only a bucket for a toilet, the AP reports. A handyman reportedly discovered the victim, who has "cognitive and physical impairments," in a... More »

Police: Cop Assaulted Cop Fiancee Over Her T-Shirt

Denver officer Lane Gardner gets charged with domestic violence

(Newser) - A Denver police officer allegedly assaulted his fiancee—who is also a Denver officer—because he thought she was cheating on him with a firefighter, ABC 7 reports. Jennifer Jaidinger, 42, arrived home early last Friday morning to find Lane Gardner, 48, drunk and demanding to know where she had... More »

Beauty Queen Jailed on Fake Cancer Charges

Her alleged fraud netted her quite the bingo benefit

(Newser) - A 23-year-old Pennsylvania beauty queen is in jail after allegedly faking leukemia in order to reap the benefits of fundraisers. Miss Pennsylvania US International pageant winner Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates was charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property yesterday. Police say she received $14,000 from a bingo benefit... More »

Guy 'Likes' Ex's Facebook Posts, Gets Arrested

Social media apparently counts when it comes to restraining orders

(Newser) - A 26-year-old Pennsylvania man is in trouble with the law after "liking" a bunch of his ex-girlfriend's photos and videos on Facebook. The problem, authorities say, is that the "likes" violate the conditions of the restraining order she has against him, the Times Leader reports. April Holland,... More »

Cops: Social Worker Killed by Mom Who Lost Custody

Jody Herring to be arraigned in the death of Lara Sobel, a 14-year veteran of DCF

(Newser) - A Vermont woman who lost custody of her 9-year-old daughter last month fatally shot the social worker involved in her case yesterday, say Barre City police. Now Jody Herring could be implicated in the shooting deaths of three of her relatives, the Burlington Free Press reports. Herring allegedly shot Vermont... More »

Special Needs Siblings Found in Cages

Two women, including their mother, charged with child abuse

(Newser) - Two women were charged with child cruelty and false imprisonment after authorities found siblings with special needs living in what police called "homemade cages" inside a Georgia home yesterday. Acting on a tip that a child had been left alone at home in rural Chatsworth, officers discovered that while... More »

New Video Could Crack One of World's Great Art Heists

$5M reward for 13 priceless artworks stolen from Boston museum 25 years ago

(Newser) - The FBI hopes new surveillance footage released today will aid in the recovery of 13 priceless artworks stolen 25 years ago and help put to rest one of Boston's greatest mysteries. In the early hours of March 18, 1990, two men dressed as cops were let into the Gardner... More »

Boy, 11, Charged in Fatal Shooting of Brother, 3

Police say it was accidental, but youth faces manslaughter

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy who allegedly shot and killed his 3-year-old brother in Detroit is facing criminal charges, though police say the shooting was accidental. It took place Monday after the 11-year-old got a gun from his father's bedroom closet and threw it out the window into the backyard, where... More »

Cops: Engineering Major Used 'Ghost Gun' to Kill Ex

Police say it had no serial number and was built online

(Newser) - A 21-year-old former Stanford student killed his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend and then himself with a "ghost gun," say police. That phrase refers to a firearm that has no serial number, and the two "ghost guns" found on the scene in Walnut Creek, Calif., were homemade firearms built with... More »

Cops: Guy Killed Ex, Grandma Over Son's Name

Cesar Mazza, 25, was mad that child wasn't named after him, police say

(Newser) - Pittsburgh police say a man upset that his ex-girlfriend wouldn't name their newborn son after him fatally stabbed her 15 times and beat her grandmother to death. Cesar Mazza, 25, is awaiting arraignment today on charges of criminal homicide and kidnapping. Police say he took his 3-month-old son from... More »

Cops: TV Show Inspires Mom to Hide Bodies of Daughter, Dad

Allegedly killed girl, 6, to be with boyfriend

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Florida woman was charged with murder after allegedly killing her father and 6-year-old daughter and then using an episode of Criminal Minds for inspiration when hiding the bodies. According to WFLA , the Polk County Sheriff's Office believes Cheyanne Jessie killed daughter Meredith to keep her from interfering... More »

Cops: Dad Put Trash in Room to Mask Smell of Dead Child

Eric Warfel charged with abuse of a corpse in death of 21-month-old Ember

(Newser) - An Ohio man who told police he put bags of garbage in his young daughter's room to mask the smell of her decomposing body was granted sole custody of the toddler during a divorce last year. Eric Warfel, 34, of Medina, a suburb south of Cleveland, was ordered held... More »

'Army of Moms' Patrols Chicago to Stop Shootings

But they say they need more adult involvement to keep their neighborhood safe

(Newser) - When 34-year-old Lucille Barnes was gunned down June 23 on the 7500 block of Chicago's Stewart Avenue, a group of local mothers wearing neon-pink shirts that said "Moms on Patrol" set up chairs on street corners to prevent retaliatory violence. The Mothers Against Senseless Killings volunteers organized by... More »

Story That 'Haunted' New Yorkers Since 1964 Becomes a Movie

Kitty Genovese's gruesome killing to become feature film

(Newser) - A legendary New York City crime that once inspired soul-searching and public debate is finally coming to the big screen. Spoiler alert: It's called "37," after the number of witnesses who allegedly watched, listened, or did nothing while Queens resident Kitty Genovese was raped and fatally stabbed.... More »

Obama Visits Prison, Says He Could Have Wound Up There

Inmates' stories remind him of his own mistakes

(Newser) - President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a prison today, and Politico notes that the milestone had him reflecting on his own past. After all, he was a black youth who smoked pot and tried cocaine. “That’s what strikes me—there but for the grace of... More »

Those Who Believe in Pure Evil Tend to Support This

And the issue becomes more black-and-white

(Newser) - As Nebraska becomes the 19th state to abolish capital punishment, researchers out of Kansas State University have been investigating just what makes some Americans more fervently in favor of the death penalty than others. One clear factor, they report in the journal Personality and Individual Differences , is whether someone believes... More »

Family: Deputies Stripped Our Dead Girl, Took Photos

Chicago lawsuit alleges authorities removed Jessica Mejia of clothes unnecessarily

(Newser) - As they were investigating a 2009 drunk-driving accident that killed 20-year-old Jessica Mejia, Cook County Sheriff's Officers stripped off all her clothes except for her underpants, placed her partially naked body on a tarp, and then took photos—all while in the view of onlookers and other emergency responders.... More »

Inside a Mother's Tireless Search for Missing Daughter

Leannda Bruck has distributed 1.25M flyers since Chelsea disappeared

(Newser) - What's the size of a mother's love? In Leannda Bruck's case, 1.25 million flyers and counting. That's the number she's distributed in nearly every US state in the six months since her 22-year-old daughter, Chelsea, went missing after leaving a Halloween party near her... More »

Over Easter Weekend, a Daring Jewelry Heist

As many as 70 safe deposit boxes ransacked in London

(Newser) - A heist of epic proportions took place over the weekend in London's famous Hatton Garden jewelry district. Authorities are remaining tight-lipped while the "slow and painstaking" forensic investigation continues at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit, but so far the BBC reports that as many as 70 safe deposit boxes... More »

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