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There's Good News in This Figure: 1.16M Violent Crimes

That's the lowest number since 1978

(Newser) - There were an estimated 1.16 million incidences of murders, rapes, robberies, and other major categories of violent crime last year—the lowest number since 1978's 1.09 million, according to newly released FBI data. The agency's "Crime in the United States" report shows murder and non-negligent... More »

Cops Dive Deeper in NC Woman's Murky 'Suicide'

Sarah Long allegedly left $1M to secret married lover

(Newser) - A gun found in the left hand of a right-handed suicide victim. A secret married lover. And a $1 million inheritance. These are all clues in the mysterious July death of Sarah Catherine Long, 41, who police in Davidson, NC, at first believed killed herself, People reports. But now, they... More »

Cops: Laborers Steal $1.2M in Hidden Gold

They found it buried at construction site in France, police say

(Newser) - A secret stash of gold coins and bars is the stuff of fantasies. And when three construction workers found $1.2 million worth on the job in Normandy, police say stealing it from the landowner proved too tempting to resist. Several days into their work leveling land, the laborers found... More »

Dog Walker Hit With Charges After 6 Dogs Die in Hot Car

Said pups were stolen, dumped bodies: cops

(Newser) - In May, a Canadian dog walker claimed six dogs in her care were stolen from her truck at a dog park in Vancouver—the dogs were found in a ditch a week later. CBC now reports that Emma Paulsen has been charged with dumping the dogs in the ditch herself... More »

Japanese Girl Charged With Decapitating Friend

Police not revealing suspect's name because she's a minor

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Japanese girl described by friends as emotionally unstable has been charged with bludgeoning and decapitating a 15-year-old friend, telling police "I did it all by myself," the Japan News reports. The body of Aiwa Matsuo was found early yesterday in the suspect’s Sasebo apartment, where... More »

Man, 80, Kills Burglar Who Begged for Unborn Child's Life: Cops

''m going to have a baby!' she reportedly pleaded; autopsy shows she wasn't pregnant

(Newser) - An 80-year-old Long Beach, Calif., man says he gunned down burglary suspect Andrea Miller Tuesday night as she pleaded for the life of her unborn child, reports the AP . “She says, 'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant, I'm going to have a baby!' And I... More »

Parents Locked Autistic Twins, 22, in Basement: Cops

John and Janice Land abuse and imprisonment charges

(Newser) - To stop his 22-year-old autistic twin sons from misbehaving, John Land told police he installed an external deadbolt and padlock on a basement bedroom with the “sole intention” of keeping the men locked away during the overnight hours, NBC4 reports. The conditions police found last week at the Rockville,... More »

How a Mom With a Printer Made $100 Bills

Tarshema Brice turned $5 bills into $100s. Yeah, not legally

(Newser) - A Hewlett-Packard 3-in-1 inkjet printer was essentially all it took for a working mom in Virginia to become a counterfeiter. Bloomberg takes a look at the case of Tarshema Brice, a 34-year-old hairstylist and janitor in Richmond who pleaded guilty last month to creating as much as $20,000 in... More »

Brazil Cops Advise Tourists: If Robbed, Don't Scream

Police issue pamphlet ahead of World Cup

(Newser) - Muggings are so common on the streets of Brazil these days that police have some advice for tourists coming to next month's World Cup: If someone tries to rob them, they should not "react, scream, or argue," says a new brochure issued in Sao Paulo and noticed... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including one that provides a valuable lesson for drug smugglers

(Newser) - A good deed with unintended consequences and a suspect who put in a little too much effort to get to court make the list:
  • Clerk's Good Deed Ends in Cop Chase, Bust : When her cellmate asks, "How'd you get arrested?" Florida's Christina Hines, 30, has good
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including an unfortunate case of deja vu for a driver charged with DWI

(Newser) - A most unusual municipal theft and a mailman with a criminally bad work ethic make this week's list:
  • Jersey Official Steals $460K ... in Quarters : Last year, the public works inspector in Ridgewood, NJ, got caught stealing $500 in quarters from the room where the village dumped its parking-meter coins.
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including two unusual animal-cruelty cases

(Newser) - A rare art theft in Cuba and a pair of animal-cruelty cases are on the list:
  • 'Complicated' Cuban Art Heist Uncovered : They're not quite working together, but American and Cuban authorities are both looking into the theft of at least 70 artworks from a Havana museum. In the
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a murder cold case solved after 3 decades

(Newser) - A Starbucks cup and Oreo's cream filling manage to factor into two of this week's stories:
  • Starbucks Cup Leads to Rape Suspect's Arrest : A man in Washington state is charged with rape and kidnapping, all thanks to a victim who was able to escape from his vehicle
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Why 30K US Inmates Went on Hunger Strike

Solitary confinement drove alleged gang leaders to make a statement

(Newser) - Last summer, four prison inmates organized a hunger strike from their solitary-confinement cells and inspired 30,000 prisoners to join them —a stunning development that says a lot about US prisons, writes Benjamin Wallace-Wells in New York . The four guys—allegedly leaders of white, black, and Latino gangs—were... More »

Days-Old Baby Vanishes From Home

Kayden Powell went missing from Wisconsin home yesterday

(Newser) - Brianna Marshall awoke at 4:30am yesterday morning to find her 4-day-old son, Kayden, had disappeared from his bassinet in the same room where she'd been sleeping, and phoned 911. That call has prompted a missing baby case in Beloit, Wis., that now has 40 federal, state, and local... More »

Tricked-Out Cessna Stalks You From 2 Miles Up

Persistent Surveillance Systems can track crimes as they develop

(Newser) - You'll never look at a Cessna the same way: The Washington Post delves into a new surveillance technology that can track any person or vehicle across a small city for hours via 12 192-megapixel cameras mounted on an aircraft. Though people appear as dark specks on a gray background... More »

A&E Crime Show Makes Millions, Ruins Lives: Report

'The First 48' pressures detectives to put people away, and fast

(Newser) - The First 48 is a hot reality show about police trying to crack cases—mostly murders—in the crucial first two days of any investigation. But the show also pressures detectives to act quickly, and in two cases suspects served long jail terms before judges learned there was no real... More »

Sherlock Holmes Would Stink as Detective Today

Criminology teacher takes down the world-famous crime-solver

(Newser) - Who hasn't been annoyed when Sherlock Holmes deftly solves a crime with a "what the...?" answer and calls it "elementary, my dear Watson"? Criminology teacher Noah Charney is apparently among us, writing in the Daily Beast that Holmes' thinking just wouldn't work in real-life... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a driver who ended up with a bicyclist in his windshield

(Newser) - One of the strangest car-hits-bicyclist story ever and mob arrests in a famous heist of long ago make this week's list:
  • Cyclist: Driver Didn't See Me Stuck in Windshield : You've heard of leaving the scene of an accident. But here's a driver accused of bringing the
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Venezuela Prez Blames Crime on ... Telenovelas

He swipes at one, featuring a murderous beauty queen, in particular

(Newser) - President Nicolas Maduro has a rather unlikely new villain as he campaigns to bring down Venezuela's spiraling crime : telenovelas. He accuses the TV soap operas of spreading "anti-values" to young people by glamorizing violence, guns, and drugs; the UN ranks Venezuela's homicide rate as the fifth highest... More »

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