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'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 »

Teenage 'Bonnie and Clyde' Busted—Asleep

Florida cops find Dalton Hayes, Cheyenne Phillips after 2 weeks on the run

(Newser) - The end of the line came in anticlimactic fashion for a teenage couple dubbed "Bonnie and Clyde" and wanted in a string of crimes. As NBC reports, Dalton Hayes, 18, and Cheyenne Phillips, 13, were arrested early today after police in Panama City Beach, Fla., found them sleeping in... More »

2 Girls Charged in Shooting Death of Big Brother, 16

Misty "Ariel" Renee Kornegay, 15, tells police he beat her

(Newser) - In a case Florida officials call "deeply disturbing," two sisters allegedly colluded to shoot and kill their 16-year-old brother while their parents were away, reports WFOX . Misty "Ariel" Renee Kornegay, 15, and her 11-year-old sister, Nicole, were arrested Monday and charged with premeditated murder. "Anytime you... More »

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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