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Cops Wrongly Claimed He Killed His Wife. Now They'll Pay

Russell Faria, to be awarded $2M, has a suspect in mind

(Newser) - A Missouri sheriff's department has reportedly reached a $2 million settlement with a man who spent three years in prison for his wife's murder before his conviction was overturned. An insurance company will cover the payment to a "thrilled" Russell Faria, according to his lawyers, one of... More »

He Went Missing, but Friends Didn't Buy Family's Story

'The Atlantic' looks at a murder in small-town Colorado

(Newser) - Jake Millison disappeared in May 2015, and it made no sense to the 29-year-old's friends in the small town of Gunnison, Colo. His mother, Deb, told them he'd dropped his phone in an irrigation ditch, which is why he wasn't answering. When police came around, she told... More »

Burned Skull of Teen Mom Missing Since 2010 Turns Up

Prosecutor says 'multiple witnesses ... ought to be pretty nervous' in case of Paige Johnson

(Newser) - The remains of a teenage mother who disappeared in Kentucky nearly a decade ago have been found across the state line in Ohio. Paige Johnson was just 17 when she vanished in Covington on Sept. 23, 2010, after going to a party with friends. Various searches failed to turn up... More »

Cops: 23 Years Later, Killer Returns for Victim's Daughter

Travis Lewis is dead along with his latest victim, say deputies

(Newser) - It was Sept. 10, 1996, when a man entered a home on Arkansas' Horseshoe Lake, fatally shooting two inhabitants, Sally Snowden McKay and her nephew, Lee Baker. More than 23 years later, deputies say the same man returned to kill again. Travis Lewis, paroled in 2018, killed McKay's daughter,... More »

Appeals Court Slams Jodi Arias Prosecutor

But she's still guilty of murder, Arizona court says

(Newser) - The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld Jodi Arias’ first-degree murder conviction and life prison sentence in the 2008 killing of her former boyfriend. Arias' lawyers had argued that a prosecutor's misconduct and a judge's failure to control news coverage during the case deprived her of the... More »

After 4 Years, Remains of Missing Fla. Girl Found

Prosecutors will seek death penalty in Diana Alvarez murder case

(Newser) - Four years after she disappeared from her Florida home in the middle of the night, the body of 9-year-old Diana Alvarez has been found. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office tells the Daily Beast that the girl's remains were found by surveyors in a wooded area of Osceola County.... More »

Teen's 911 Call Amid Shooting: 'Oh, My God. Blood Everywhere'

Sheriff: NC man Larry Don Ray shot and killed 6 family members, then himself

(Newser) - A frantic 911 call from a trapped teen led cops in North Carolina to a gruesome scene with seven members of a family dead—and it appears one shot and killed the other six before fatally shooting himself. WNCN reports that deputies responded to a "shots fired" call around... More »

Coronavirus Has Now Delayed an Infamous Murder Trial

Robert Durst trial is now postponed in LA at least until April 6

(Newser) - The trial of Robert Durst has become another coronavirus casualty. Los Angeles County Superior Court Mark E. Windham says the murder trial of the real estate heir will be adjourned until at least April 6. The superior court's presiding judge said Sunday that new civil and criminal trials will... More »

Arrest in Murder Case Comes After Odd Offer

Woman was trying to sell victims' pickup for $200, explaining why they didn't need it

(Newser) - Police have made three arrests in the murder of a couple who were killed in their own bed near Haines City, Fla., and the break in the case came in a strange way—involving a $200 offer for the victims' truck. Coverage:
  • The murders: Between two and three weeks ago,
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Durst Plotted to Kill Brother, Too: Prosecutors

He allegedly used 'Igor' as code for murder

(Newser) - "I was planning on Igor-ing BM." So said Robert Durst in a jailhouse phone call in 2001, a recording played during his murder trial Monday. Deputy District Attorney John Lewin explained to jurors that "BM" referred to his brother, Douglas, and "Igor-ing" was his code for... More »

Gannon Stauch's Dad Files for Divorce

Boy's stepmom is charged with his murder

(Newser) - Gannon Stauch's father filed for divorce from the boy's stepmom days after she was arrested for the Colorado 11-year-old's alleged murder . Eugene Albert Stauch, 37, filed for divorce from Letecia Stauch, 36, on Thursday, People reports. Letecia Stauch was extradited from South Carolina, where she was initially... More »

Ski Legend Charged With Murder

Dean Cummings arrested last week in New Mexico

(Newser) - Dean Cummings is being described as a " ski celebrity ," a " skiing legend ," a " big mountain pioneer " ... and an accused murderer. As Outside Online reports, Cummings, a former US Ski Team member, went a bit off the grid after winning Powder’s Line of the... More »

Was Killer Face-Biter Insane? Here's One Take

A psychiatrist says Austin Harrouff was, in fact, out of his mind

(Newser) - A prosecution psychiatrist says a Florida college student was legally insane when he fatally attacked a couple outside their home, chewing off part of the man's face, court documents filed this week show. Gregory Landrum's finding bolsters the case of Austin Harrouff's attorneys, who are planning to... More »

Lawyer Claims Dulos Found Bloody Clothes on His Porch

Judge rejects request for a posthumous trial

(Newser) - Fotis Dulos had a good explanation for why he was caught on surveillance video dumping his estranged wife's bloody clothes in trash cans on the day she disappeared, according to the dead murder suspect's lawyer. Norm Pattis said Wednesday that Dulos—who declared his innocence in a note... More »

World's Biggest Meat Company Tied to 'Cattle Laundering'

JBS linked to farms owned by a possibly murderous fugitive

(Newser) - An investigation has linked the world's largest meat processing company to a farm run by a man accused of ordering a brutal massacre in Brazil. Valdelir João de Souza has been on the run since the April 2017 Colniza massacre, in which nine men were shot and stabbed... More »

Gannon's Mom on Stepmom's Arrest: 'She Will Pay 100%'

Letecia Stauch arrested in connection with disappearance of Gannon Stauch, 11

(Newser) - The stepmother of Gannon Stauch, the Colorado 11-year-old missing since Jan. 27 , has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the boy. No body has been found, but authorities say they believe Gannon Stauch is dead. Letecia Stauch told investigators she last saw her stepson at home before he left in... More »

Teen 'Died in a House Fire' —Until Cops Pulled Her Over

Candace Walton, 16, has been charged with arson and murder

(Newser) - A Georgia teen who appeared dead in a fire turned out to be alive and well—and now faces murder and arson charges, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The tale began when authorities responded to a raging house fire in Monroe County early Thursday and identified two bodies inside as Candace... More »

'They Had a Great Marriage.' Now a Murder Charge

Idaho woman charged with killing hubby as embezzlement allegations came to light

(Newser) - She said her husband fell overboard while the couple were taking in the sunrise from the middle of a chilly Idaho lake on Feb. 13, 2018. Two years later, police say Lori Isenberg in fact killed her husband, Larry, on the same day she was accused of embezzling $500,000... More »

Man Charged in Unspeakable Death Involving Duct Tape

John Matthew Chapman will be charged Monday in the death of Jaime Rae Feden

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man could face the death penalty for allegedly taking a special-needs woman to the desert to watch her die. John Matthew Chapman, 40, is set to be formally charged Monday in federal court in the death of Jaime Rae Feden, 33, NBC News reports. Authorities say he lured... More »

He Bought Arrow on Amazon. It Was Key in Murder Conviction

Inside the strange case of Terence Whall, convicted of crossbow murder

(Newser) - A Welsh man was on Monday found guilty of "a barbaric, medieval-style execution in one of the safest parts of the UK"—and a key Amazon purchase had a lot to do with his conviction, the Washington Post reports. Gerald Corrigan, 74, was shot with a crossbow as... More »

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