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Court: Man Put Clothes on Stand-In Corpse for Scam

Minnesota man accused of $2M fraud

(Newser) - A Minnesota man accused of faking his own death seven years ago to collect a $2 million life insurance policy arranged for a stand-in corpse to be dressed in his clothes in Moldova, according to a judge's detention order. Igor Vorotinov, 54, also planted his identification on the body... More »

Boy Was 13 When He Killed Toddler Siblings: Cops

The two deaths were separate incidents

(Newser) - A teenage boy in Indiana arrested in connection to the deaths of his two young siblings reportedly told authorities that he had to "set them free from this hell." The boy, who was taken to a juvenile detention center last month, was 13 years old when he allegedly... More »

Mom Pushed Onto Train Tracks; Daughter Risks Life to Save Her

28-year-old Katie Wenszell was seriously injured

(Newser) - The husband of a woman who was pushed in front of an oncoming train in Atlanta says his wife would be dead if his daughter had not jumped on the tracks to keep her mother from getting run over, the AP reports. Jerry Wenszell tells WSB-TV that Sue Wenszell "... More »

Honeymoon in Northern Ireland Ends With American's Arrest

South Carolina man faces attempted murder charges

(Newser) - A South Carolina man honeymooning in Northern Ireland has been charged with three counts of attempted murder following a fight outside of a bar in the village of Ballycarry, DublinLive reports. Nicholas Keith Warner, 31, an electrical engineer who lives in Summerville, allegedly used a knife to stab three men... More »

Hunt for Suspect in Doctor's Slaying Ends in Suicide

Officers confronted Joseph James Pappas

(Newser) - The suspected killer of Mark Hausknecht—former cardiologist to President George HW Bush—has taken his own life. "This is our suspect. The suspect's deceased," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said during a Friday press conference, NBC reports. Police say Joseph James Pappas shot himself in the... More »

Father of Parkland Survivors Killed in Armed Robbery

Ayub Ali was shot Tuesday, months after his son and daughter survived the attack at their school

(Newser) - Months after two siblings survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida , gun violence has again rocked their family and, this time, they weren't as lucky. Per NBC Miami , Ayub Ali was killed in an armed robbery of his North Ft. Lauderdale convenience store. The Broward County Sheriff's Office... More »

Sandwich Killer? Man May Have Poisoned Up to 21 Co-Workers

German man allegedly caught sprinkling toxic substance onto a co-worker’s lunch

(Newser) - Police have arrested a man suspected of killing as many as 21 engineering workers over two decades at a valve manufacturing company in western Germany, reports CNN . The 56-year-old metal-fittings worker, identified only as Klaus O, was caught on surveillance video sprinkling a powdery substance onto a co-worker’s sandwich... More »

She Predicted He Would Kill Her. Then She Fell to Her Death

Stephen Nichols pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - Rhonda Casto's last words to family members before embarking on a scenic hike with boyfriend Stephen Nichols: "He is either going to give me a ring or throw me off a cliff, ha ha ha." A few hours later she was dead. This week, Nichols was sentenced... More »

Kansas: Missing 5-Year-Old Found Dead Under Bridge

His stepmother has been arrested for obstruction and interfering with police

(Newser) - Police believe that they have found the body of missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez, of Wichita, Kan. Lucas’s stepmother, Emily Glass, has been arrested for obstruction and one count of interfering with a law enforcement officer, reports People . According to the Wichita Eagle , the badly decomposed body was under a... More »

'Murder Capital of America' Now as Deadly as Wyoming

NYC sees killings hit record low, perhaps in part due to community policing

(Newser) - Even after two terrorist attacks and a driver's deadly rampage through Times Square , New York City is on track to smash its modern-era low for homicides in a year. Through Dec. 17, the city of 8.5 million people, once America's murder capital, had recorded 278 killings. That... More »

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 »

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