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10 Most Violent Cities in US

Detroit tops the list

(Newser) - There were 1.2 million violent crimes committed in the US in 2016, the FBI reported Monday. It was a 4.1% increase from 2015 and the second year in a row crime rates have risen. On average, there were 386 violent crimes for every 100,000 US residents. But... More »

Low-Level Crime Pays Pretty Well

Criminals make double the average made legally by high school dropouts

(Newser) - Crime not only pays, it pays relatively well—about $900 per week. So say researchers who compared past surveys of nonviolent, low-level criminals to come up with the best guess on their illegal earnings. Such a figure isn't easy to reach since criminals aren't keen to report illegal... More »

Murder Suspect to 911: 'I Think I Killed My...'

He says he woke to find wife dead after taking cough medicine

(Newser) - An aspiring North Carolina pastor has been charged with murder after confessing in disbelief to a 911 dispatcher that he thought he killed his wife in his sleep. According to the News & Observer , Matthew James Phelps says he took a dose—"more than I should have"—of... More »

Missing Boy's Father Arrested on Suspicion of Murder

5-year-old Aramazd Andressian was last seen with his dad in April

(Newser) - The father of a 5-year-old California boy who has been missing for over two months was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder. The LA Times reports that Aramazd Andressian Sr. was taken into custody in Las Vegas, where he is being held on $10 million bail until he is moved... More »

Cops: Mom Was on Facebook as Baby Drowned in Tub

Cheyenne Summer Stuckey is in jail

(Newser) - A 21-year-old North Texas woman is jailed on charges of injury to a child after authorities say she was messaging on Facebook rather than focusing on her 8-month-old daughter in a filling bathtub where the baby drowned. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports three other small children of Cheyenne Summer Stuckey... More »

10 Cities With Worst Murder Clearance Rates

Just 17.5% of murders solved in Flint over a decade: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Police solved 61.5% of all reported murders in 2015—but that means 38.5% of homicides went unsolved. So where were people most likely to get away with murder? 24/7 Wall St. rounds up the metropolitan areas, using FBI crime data from 2005 to 2015. The worst 10, with... More »

Wanted Lawyer Emailed Us Surrender Terms, Says Paper

Eric Conn, guilty in Social Security fraud, is on the lam

(Newser) - Someone claiming to be a fugitive Kentucky lawyer at the center of a nearly $600 million Social Security fraud case has contacted a newspaper to spell out proposed terms of his surrender. Disability lawyer Eric C. Conn, who disappeared a month before his sentencing, faces an outstanding FBI warrant for... More »

Thief Steals $2M, Gives a Third Away

'I don't regret having done this'

(Newser) - A Chinese man stole almost $2 million, then spent more than a quarter of that amount on tips for female hosts of livestreaming websites. The 21-year-old online software vendor from Guizhou province—identified only by his last name, Hu—stole $1.9 million from video website Youku Tudou after he... More »

Cops Eye 'Yorkshire Ripper' in 2 Cold Cases

A hair found on one victim could hold the key

(Newser) - British cops are investigating whether a serial killer locked up for nearly four decades could be behind two cold cases in Sweden. Police in the southern Swedish city of Malmö say a passenger ferry list shows that "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe was apparently in the area in September 1980... More »

Find the Most Dangerous City in Your State

List at 24/7 Wall St. has some surprises

(Newser) - The most dangerous city in Illinois must be Chicago, right? Ditto with Detroit for Michigan and New York City for New York state? Not so much, at least in terms of per-capita violent crime. A new survey at 24/7 Wall St. crunches FBI crime data to find the most dangerous... More »

Police: FedEx Worker Burgled Homes While on the Clock

Kevin Baker, 57, charged with first-degree burglary

(Newser) - A FedEx employee in the Bay Area is accused of burglarizing homes while he was supposed to be working, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Police say 57-year-old Kevin Baker ripped off three homes near Palo Alto between May 3 and May 17. Baker is a convicted felon with a bunch... More »

Comments on God Could Spell Trouble for Stephen Fry

Irish police are investigating Fry's 2015 interview for blasphemy

(Newser) - Funnyman Stephen Fry may be in hot water in Ireland for comments made during an interview where he candidly calls out someone not to be trifled with on the Emerald Isle: God. Irish police are investigating Fry's February 2015 interview on the RTÉ show The Meaning of Life as... More »

A Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card for Rapists May Be Eliminated

Jordan's Article 308 allows rapists to marry victims to avoid jail time

(Newser) - Jordan's Cabinet took the first steps to undo a loophole protecting rapists on Sunday by revoking Article 308, a law that allows the criminals to escape punishment by marrying their victims and staying in that marriage for at least three years. Activists are celebrating this victory, with one calling... More »

Arrest After Trucker Drove From Coast to Coast—Non-Stop

Gary Robbins admitted using LSD, cocaine, crystal meth to fuel him

(Newser) - That a trucker drove cross-country while high on illegal drugs is worrisome enough—but police say Gary Robbins did that without any rest. The Alaska man was arrested in Deerfield, Mass., on Tuesday, and reportedly admitted to driving straight there from Seattle. His ride ended at a Circle K gas... More »

Unlikely Item Helped Kidnap Victim Escape Trunk

Quick thinking, light of insulin pump gave Brittany Diggs the chance to escape

(Newser) - The Alabama nursing student whose brave kidnapping escape was caught on a gas station's surveillance video last week revealed that her insulin pump played a role in her getaway. In an exclusive interview with the Today show on Monday, Brittany Diggs, 25, said the faint light of her insulin... More »

Cops: Nurse Killed in 'Rare' Random Attack at Home

Tiffany Ferguson was fatally stabbed after confronting robber, police say

(Newser) - The family of a slain nurse in Nashville is asking the public for help finding her killer. Tiffany Ferguson, 23, was fatally stabbed in her apartment early Tuesday during a robbery, police say. Her roommate heard her screams about 5:40am and found her injured in bed, the Tennessean reports.... More »

Numbers Guy Thinks He Can Spot Serial Killers

Thomas Hargrove has an algorithm on murderers

(Newser) - When he worked as a reporter, Thomas Hargrove was known as a numbers guy, a data cruncher. Now in retirement at 61, that's even more true. Hargrove has made a national database on murders, using data from the FBI and police departments, and he's created a system to... More »

Coming to Russian Reality TV: Terrifying Show With No Rules

'Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.'

(Newser) - Think of it as Survivor gone very wrong, or at least with the potential to go very wrong. Game2: Winter, a soon-to-be-filmed Russian reality-TV show, will drop 30 contestants into the wilds of Siberia for nine months, at the end of which one of them will nab a $1.6... More »

With a Push, Argument on NYC Subway Platform Turned Fatal

Woman dies after being pushed in front of Times Square subway train

(Newser) - A woman has died after being pushed in front of an oncoming train at the Times Square MTA station Monday, the New York Daily News reports. The incident occurred around 1:20pm, when two women got into a heated argument on the subway platform. The victim was a 49-year-old woman.... More »

Body of Missing Texas 10-Year-Old Found in Well

Police say Kayla Gomez Orozco was murdered by a family member

(Newser) - Ten-year-old Kayla Gomez Orozco has been found dead after a four-day search, the Dallas Morning News reports. A family member, 24-year-old Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, has been charged with murder. Kayla went missing Tuesday night near Tyler, Texas, triggering an Amber Alert and a regional search. The search was called off on... More »

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