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Cold-Case Murder Revived by Simple Job Application

Todd Barket's trial in Florida began Monday

(Newser) - A 21-year-old cold case has come to life over—of all things—a job application, the Washington Post reports. Sondra Better, 68, was stabbed to death while working at a Florida consignment shop in 1998, her wounded hands suggesting a fight for her life. The killer left a trail of... More »

Tourist Killed in 3am Attack in New Zealand

Attacker shot at van, stole it with injured man inside

(Newser) - A manhunt was underway in New Zealand on Friday after an Australian tourist was killed following what police believe was a random attack on the van that he and his partner were sleeping inside. Police said the couple was parked at a scenic spot near the coastal town of Raglan... More »

British Woman Set on Fire in Barbados Dies

Unknown intruder attacked Natalie Crichlow

(Newser) - A British woman visiting relatives in Barbados was murdered by an unknown intruder who strangled her, doused her in a flammable liquid, and set her on fire, relatives say. Natalie Crichlow, a 44-year-old London resident, was in the Caribbean country to look after her disabled brother, the BBC reports. Her... More »

Canadian Police: Fugitives Died Days Before Being Found

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky apparently took their own lives

(Newser) - Police say the two Canadian teens who are believed to have killed three people in British Columbia likely took a final pair of lives—their own. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed on Monday that the bodies found Wednesday in northern Manitoba belong to Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. The... More »

Canada Police Think They've Found the Bodies of Teenage Fugitives

Teens were wanted for 3 murders

(Newser) - Canadian police said Wednesday they believe two fugitives suspected of killing a North Carolina woman and her Australian boyfriend as well as another man have been found dead in dense brush in northern Manitoba, the AP reports. Authorities located two male bodies and are confident they are 19-year-old Kam McLeod... More »

Ex-Coach Guilty of Pregnant Wife's 1999 Murder—Again

David Temple faces life in prison in Texas

(Newser) - For a second time, a former Texas high school football coach has been found guilty of his pregnant wife's 1999 murder. David Temple, who could be sentenced as soon as Wednesday, faces life in prison for shooting Belinda Temple in the back of the head during a staged burglary... More »

Man Goes to Cops, Says He Killed Wife 13 Years Ago

He said he strangled 'frantic' wife in Missouri

(Newser) - A troubled man walked into a police station in Wisconsin on Sunday and confessed to killing his wife 13 years to the day earlier, police say. According to court papers filed Monday, Keith Comfort told officers that on Aug. 4, 2006, he went to his home in Columbia, Mo., after... More »

Cops: Millionaire Fugitive Spent 4 Years in Mexico

Police say podcast helped them get leads

(Newser) - Police in Newport Beach say media attention and the " Countdown to Capture " podcast they produced helped lead to the arrest of fugitive millionaire Peter Chadwick. "The podcast about this murder generated leads for us and it was a way to generate interest and created leads and created... More »

Evidence of Teen Fugitives Found on Banks of River

Mounties say they found 'personal items'

(Newser) - The Mounties have a new lead in their weeks-long search for two fugitive teenage murder suspects. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Tuesday that they had found items "directly linked" to Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky on the banks of the Nelson River, around 5.5 miles from where... More »

62-Year-Old Arrested for Crime That's Nearly 40 Years Old

North Carolina man Robert James Adkins was hauled in on Friday

(Newser) - A North Carolina man was arrested Friday for allegedly raping and murdering a teenage girl nearly 40 years ago, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. Robert James Adkins, 62, was charged with first-degree forcible rape and first-degree murder of Ronda Mechelle Blaylock, whose partly-clothed body was found in a wooded area in... More »

Landlord Killed Over Lack of AC: Report

Maryse Malin was remembered as a 'sweet, kind, and caring' woman

(Newser) - A French landlord was allegedly killed Monday by a tenant who was desperate for air-conditioning, the Local France reports. With much of Europe sweltering in a heatwave , 71-year-old Maryse Malin was shot dead Monday in Les Arcs-sur-Argens, a village in south-east France. The alleged gunman is a 66-year-old army veteran... More »

Mounties: Search for Teen Fugitives Is Being Scaled Back

'It is not over, not by any means'

(Newser) - After days of searching a vast area of rugged wilderness in northern Manitoba, the Mounties say they are scaling back the search for two teenage murder suspects. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says there have been no confirmed sightings of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, for more than... More »

Sheriff: Man May Have Been Imitating Closs Abduction

Ritchie German Jr. allegedly killed 4 in Wisconsin before taking his own life

(Newser) - Authorities in Wisconsin say a man suspected of killing four people may have been imitating the abduction last year of teenager Jayme Closs . Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said Tuesday that investigators may never know exactly what led to the Sunday attacks. He tells the AP that investigators believe Ritchie German Jr.... More »

Cops: Fourth of July Boat Crash Was Murder

41-year-old had been drinking ahead of collision in Alabama: cops

(Newser) - Authorities have arrested a man on charges of murder and boating under the influence following a Fourth of July collision on an Alabama lake that killed two people. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Marine Patrol troopers on Monday announced the arrest of 41-year-old Damien Bruno of Clanton, per the AP . Authorities... More »

11 Years Later, He's Charged With Unspeakable Crime

Ohio's Peter Romans accused in arson that killed his wife and 2 children in 2008

(Newser) - An Ohio man was arrested this week and charged with killing his wife and two children by setting fire to their family home. Beyond the heinousness of the alleged crime is this wrinkle—the fire took place in 2008. Peter Romans, 59, is now in jail on three counts of... More »

Pic of US Teen Accused of Killing Italian Cop Raises Eyebrows

Blindfolding suspects is illegal in Italy, offending officer apparently made a 'mistake' in doing so

(Newser) - On June 19, Italian military officer Mario Cerciello Rega was married in his hometown of Somma Vesuviana. Now, his widow will attend his funeral Monday, at the same church where they were wed, after he was allegedly killed by two American teens, per ABC News . Gabriel Christian Natale Hjorth, 18,... More »

2 American Teens Jailed in Death of Italian Policeman

Mario Cerciello Rega was investigating the theft of a bag in Rome

(Newser) - Two American teenagers were jailed in Rome on Saturday as authorities carry out a murder investigation in the killing of an Italian police officer, the AP reports. A detention order issued by prosecutors was shown on Italian state broadcaster RAI, naming the suspects as Gabriel Christian Natale Hjorth and Finnegan... More »

After Apparent Murder-Suicide, Cops Search for Missing Toddler

Police in Northwest believe Aiden Castiel Salcido could be anywhere from Montana to Oregon

(Newser) - Daniel Salcido and Hannah Janiak had been on the run since June 11, when, police say, they were reported missing after Janiak didn't show up to start serving her jail sentence in Oregon for a burglary conviction. Cops found them in Kalispell, Mont., this week, but now the two... More »

Cops: Man Killed 4 in California Rampage

Victims include suspect's father, brother

(Newser) - A 26-year-old man is in custody after a rampage spanning the San Fernando Valley that killed four people and injured at least two others, police say. Hundreds of LAPD officers were involved in the search for Gerry Dean Zaragoza, who was taken into custody Thursday afternoon, more than 12 hours... More »

Canada Suspect's Dad Thinks Son Will Die, Says 'RIP'

Alan Schmegelsky claims son Bryer Schmegelsky bought 'his funeral suit'

(Newser) - "Rest in peace, Bryer." That was the message Alan Schmegelsky had Wednesday for his son— one of two suspects wanted for three murders in Canada. "He's going to be dead today or tomorrow," the elder Schmegelsky told CTV News , predicting his son had a "... More »

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