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Man Allegedly Killed Dad Who Cut Weekly Allowance to $300

Lawyers for Thomas Gilbert Jr. say he's mentally ill

(Newser) - Thomas Gilbert Jr. has lived a privileged life. The son of a millionaire hedge-fund founder, he grew up among the rich and well-connected in Manhattan before graduating from Princeton with an economics degree. But rather than follow in dad's footsteps, he lived on a $1,000 weekly allowance from... More »

Missing Teacher Found Buried Under School Track

His son says it's all about official corruption

(Newser) - A teacher missing for over 16 years has finally turned up—buried right out in the schoolyard, the BBC reports. Police in China say they've found the remains of Deng Shiping under the track of a school sports facility he wouldn't approve because he thought it was poorly... More »

Cops: Instead of Calling Police, Walgreens Called This Guy

Louis Hicks charged with murder after allegedly shooting woman thought to be shoplifter: police

(Newser) - Police say a man has been charged with murder and pretending to be an officer in the shooting death of a woman inside a Chicago Walgreens store. Chicago Police rep Anthony Guglielmi says Louis Hicks, 33, turned himself in Wednesday night, the AP reports. Police have said a store manager... More »

Cops: Teen Bound, Killed Friend on Promise of $9M

5 charged after Cynthia Hoffman's June 2 murder

(Newser) - A slew of child pornography charges is just the latest twist in an Alaskan murder case in which a developmentally disabled woman was bound and killed, allegedly by her best friend. Police say Indiana's Darin Schilmiller, 21, posed online as a millionaire, offering 18-year-old Denali Brehmer at least $9... More »

Prosecutors: Mobster Was Killed by Men His Son Hired

Prosecutors say son hired gang members to take out his father, brother

(Newser) - The murder of the patriarch of a New York family with alleged Mafia links wasn't ordered by a member of a rival family, or even a different family, prosecutors say. According to the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Anthony Zottola, 41, hired members of the... More »

NPR Gets Assailant in 1965 Selma Attack to Admit Role

William Portwood admits taking part in assault that left minister James Reeb dead

(Newser) - An eyewitness to an unsolved 1965 murder that galvanized the civil rights movement admits she lied on the witness stand and to the FBI about the killing of Boston minister James Reeb in Selma, Ala. At the time, Frances Bowden said she could not identify the assailants. But as part... More »

Convicted of Killing Lover's Wife, Carolyn Warmus Is Free

She's released after 27 years behind bars

(Newser) - Carolyn Warmus, who was convicted of killing her lover's wife in an infamous 1989 case, is no longer behind bars. The 55-year-old was released from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, some 27 years after she entered the New York prison to serve a sentence of 25 years to life.... More »

Suspect in Murder of Former State Senator Is 'Good Friend'

Rebecca O'Donnell's partner claims her innocence in death of Linda Collins-Smith

(Newser) - Former two-term Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith was killed by her friend, a former campaign aide now charged with capital murder, according to state police. Following her Friday arrest during a traffic stop, 48-year-old Rebecca O'Donnell was charged Monday with capital murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with... More »

Wealthy Man Wanted a Secret Bunker, Got a Cell Instead

Daniel Beckwitt handed 21 years, with all but 9 suspended, in death of Askia Khafra

(Newser) - During Daniel Beckwitt's trial, his lawyer explained the Maryland man wanted to build a bunker below his Bethesda home due to his fear of a nuke attack by North Korea. He'll now spend his time in a different sort of confined space. The New York Times reports the... More »

Single Mom, Son Found Dead on Land Linked to Married Dad

Michael Wolfe had permit to cut wood on Oregon property: police

(Newser) - Police say the bodies of an Oregon mother and her 3-year-old son, missing for a month , have been found concealed in a forest where the boy's father had a permit to cut wood. An autopsy indicates Karissa Fretwell, 25, died of a single gunshot to the head, per Oregon... More »

DNA Triggers Trial in 1987 Killing of Canadian Couple

They were traveling from British Columbia to Seattle when they disappeared

(Newser) - Jurors in Washington state on Friday heard about the mysterious final days of a young Canadian couple killed in 1987—as well as the novel method authorities used to finally make an arrest three decades later, the AP reports. William Earl Talbott II was arrested last year and charged with... More »

Knox: I'm Not a 'Cunning ... Drug-Addicted Whore'

She targets the media and prosecutors upon her return to Italy

(Newser) - Taking the stage Saturday at an Italian conference on justice, Amanda Knox accused the media of having built a false narrative around her during her yearslong murder trial and appeals process, depicting her as guilty even though she was eventually acquitted, the AP reports. The former exchange student from the... More »

An Ex-State Senator Was Murdered. A Woman Has Been Arrested

Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, 48, in custody after homicide of Ark.'s Linda Collins-Smith

(Newser) - A former Arkansas state senator was found dead of a gunshot wound at her Randolph County home last week, and now police have a suspect in custody, per CBS News . Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, 48, of Pocahontas has been arrested, with criminal charges still to come. A release from Arkansas... More »

A Soldier Was Killed in '87. Now, an Arrest in Her Murder

Colorado's Michael Whyte charged in death of 20-year-old Darlene Krashoc

(Newser) - A suburban Denver man has been arrested in the unsolved slaying of a soldier in Colorado 32 years ago after DNA evidence was used to create an image of what a suspect might look like, authorities said Friday. Civilian and Army investigators arrested Michael Whyte of Thornton in the 1987... More »

Child Cut From His Mother's Womb in Chicago Has Died

Yovanny Jadiel Lopez succumbed to his severe brain injury

(Newser) - The newborn who was cut from Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's womb on April 23 has died. The Chicago Tribune has a statement made "with great sadness" by the family of Yovanny Jadiel Lopez: "He passed away this Friday June 14, 2019 from his severe brain injury. Please keep his... More »

Father Who Killed His 5 Kids Is Sentenced

Jurors sentence Timothy Jones Jr. to death

(Newser) - A South Carolina father was sentenced to death Thursday for killing his five children with his own hands, the AP reports. After they were dead, he drove around with their bodies for nine days before dumping them in garbage bags on the side of an Alabama dirt road. Timothy Jones... More »

Serial Killer's 7th Victim: Girl Wrapped in Bed Sheet

Discovery brings 2-month search in Cyprus to a close

(Newser) - Authorities in Cyprus say they've found the bodies of all seven victims of the island nation's first known serial killer —including that of two young girls. Decomposing remains believed to be of Sierra Granze, 6, were found wrapped in a bed sheet and tied to a cement... More »

Suspect in Transgender Woman's Death Already in Jail

Police believe Kendrell Lavar Lyles killed Muhlaysia Booker in Dallas

(Newser) - Police in Dallas have a suspect in custody in the murder of Muhlaysia Booker —and they believe he is responsible for at least two more murders. Police say Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 33, was already in custody for two apparently unrelated killings when he was arrested in the May 18... More »

Fainting, Cursing at Sentencing of Muslim Students' Killer

Craig Hicks gets 3 life sentences in North Carolina murders

(Newser) - Moments after a North Carolina man pleaded guilty to gunning down three Muslim university students, a prosecutor played a cellphone video of the slayings in the courtroom Wednesday as one of the victims' relatives fainted, others wept openly, and a man hurled an expletive at the confessed killer. Craig Stephen... More »

He Thought Aliens Were Invading Humans, According to His Killer

Barbara Rogers gets 15 to 40 years for third-degree murder

(Newser) - "To me, it's amazing that somebody could put a gun to somebody's head, blow their brains out essentially, and a jury finds them guilty of third-degree murder and not first." With that, Jackie Mineo sums up the outrage over her nephew's 2017 murder and 44-year-old... More »

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