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Cops: Serial Killer With an Eye for Jewelry Killed 12 in 2 Years

Billy Chemirmir allegedly targeted elderly women in Texas

(Newser) - Police in Texas believe they've uncovered one of the state's most prolific serial killers, a man accused of killing 12 women in less than two years. Billy Chemirmir—a citizen of Kenya living in the US illegally, per KTVT —was jailed in March 2018 on suspicions that... More »

Mom Who Allegedly Cut Baby From Womb 'Not That Wise'

3 weeks later, detectives found body, murder weapon, blood

(Newser) - "Words cannot really describe how disgusting, and thoroughly disturbing, these allegations are," Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Thursday in announcing a mother and daughter had been charged with Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's murder . Clarisa Figueroa, who allegedly lured the pregnant 19-year-old to her home under the guise of... More »

Alabama Executes Man Who Slit Throat of Girl, 7

Michael Samra took part in quadruple murder

(Newser) - A man condemned for his role in a quadruple killing that followed a dispute over a pickup truck was put to death Thursday in Alabama after declining to make any last-minute appeals. Michael Brandon Samra, 41, was pronounced dead at 7:33pm following a three-drug lethal injection at Holman prison,... More »

She Was Promised Free Baby Clothes, Killed for Her Unborn

4 arrested in death of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez of Chicago

(Newser) - A pregnant Chicago 19-year-old arranged to pick up baby clothes from a person she met in a Facebook group. It appears to have been a horrific ruse. A 46-year-old woman called 911 on April 23, reporting that she'd given birth at her home on the 4100 block of West... More »

No One Would Testify Against Appalachian Trail Suspect

Sheriff said hikers didn't want to leave the trail to go to court

(Newser) - Ronald Sanchez suffered from PTSD and major depression after years of military service, including three deployments in Iraq, but the 43-year-old Army veteran took to the outdoors to deal with the stress. It was during one of those outdoor activities when the Oklahoma man's life came to a tragic... More »

Cops: Traveling Serial Killer Struck 3 Times in 3 Weeks

James M. Wright allegedly met victims through carnival where he worked

(Newser) - Virginia police say a traveling carnival worker has confessed to killing two women and a teenage girl he met on the job. James Michael Wright, 23, admitted to carrying out the fatal shootings over three weeks after the cellphone of a missing 25-year-old was discovered in his truck, according to... More »

Alleged Killer: I Wanted Victim to Live, Despite Affair With Wife

Christian R. Martin said Calvin Phillips would've defended him in court

(Newser) - One of the three people Christian R. Martin is accused of killing in 2015 had been set to testify in a court-martial stemming from allegations of physical and sexual abuse and the mishandling of classified information, levied by Martin's ex-wife, Joan Harmon. Martin, an Army major turned pilot, would... More »

Woman Walks 6 Miles for Help After Appalachian Trail Attack

Suspect accused of killing hiker with machete

(Newser) - A 30-year-old Massachusetts man is in custody after the first murder on the Appalachian Trail since 2011. Police say the suspect attacked a man and a woman with a machete on a section of trail in Virginia early Saturday, killing the man and severely injuring the woman, WSLS reports. Wythe... More »

Pilot Arrested at Airport in Triple Homicide

Christian R. Martin nabbed in Louisville, accused of killing 3 people in 2015

(Newser) - A pilot for an American Airlines subsidiary was arrested Saturday in the 2015 shooting deaths of three people in Kentucky. Christian R. Martin was arrested at the Louisville airport, a day after he was indicted by a Christian County grand jury in the November 2015 deaths of Calvin and Pamela... More »

He Set A Woman on Fire. Now, His Punishment

Carl Tramane Magee III first poured gasoline on the woman

(Newser) - A homeless man who lit a homeless West Virginia woman on fire as she slept has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the AP reports. News outlets report Carl Tramane Magee III was sentenced Friday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. A jury found him guilty... More »

After 34 Years, Arrest Made in Murder of TV Director

Cops say Edwin Hiatt admitted killing Barry Crane

(Newser) - A man charged with bludgeoning and strangling to death a Hollywood television director more than three decades ago was arrested Thursday in North Carolina after police said DNA and a confession linked him to the crime. Edwin Hiatt was arrested in Burke County for the 1985 death of Barry Crane... More »

33 Years Later, Hubby Charged in Newlywed's 'Staged' Slaying

John Norton accused of inventing 1985 home invasion

(Newser) - It was long thought that 23-year-old Karen Norton was killed when she interrupted a 1985 home invasion. More than three decades later, authorities in Maryland have offered a different version of events, alleging murder at the hands of the newlywed's husband. Indicted on first-degree murder charges, John Norton, 57,... More »

DNA Leads to Answers in 2 Decades-Old Slayings

One suspect is arrested; the other died in 1978

(Newser) - More than 30 years after an 80-year-old woman was fatally stabbed in her South Carolina home, authorities say they have arrested her killer. Greenville Police Chief Ken Thomas says more sophisticated DNA testing combined with more than two years of interviews led to the arrest of a registered sex offender... More »

Warmus Wins Parole 30 Years After 'Fatal Attraction' Case

Teacher was convicted of killing her lover's wife

(Newser) - Carolyn Warmus, who was convicted of killing her lover's wife in an infamous 1989 case, has won parole after 27 years in a New York prison. She could be released as soon as June 10, CNN reports. Warmus was found guilty of killing Betty Jeanne Solomon; Warmus was a... More »

She Was Murdered Just Before Her Date With Ashton Kutcher

Alleged serial killer Michael Gargiulo goes on trial in California

(Newser) - He's known as the "Hollywood Ripper" and the "Boy Next Door Killer," and he's now on trial in Los Angeles. Michael Gargiulo, 43, is accused of using his job as an air-conditioning repairman to murder two women in the LA area between 2001 and 2008... More »

On Night Boy Died, a Telling Internet Search

Police say AJ Freund's mother looked up how to perform CPR on a child

(Newser) - Police say it was a deleted video, recovered from the cellphone of Andrew "AJ" Freund's mother, that prompted the boy's father to confess, reports CNN . The March video, shown to Andrew Freund Sr. before he led Illinois police to the 5-year-old's body, showed AJ being berated... More »

Doctor Who Said He Woke to Find Wife Dead Is Charged

Eric Sills said he discovered Susann Sills at bottom of stairs in 2016

(Newser) - When police showed up at the Southern California home of fertility doctor Eric Sills on Nov. 13, 2016, they encountered what appeared to be a terrible accident, per the Orange County DA's office: Sills' 45-year-old wife, Susann, was dead after an apparent tumble down the stairs. Sills said he'... More »

Student Accused of Decapitating Schoolmate

Mathew Borges' trial begins in Massachusetts

(Newser) - A murder trial began Monday for a Massachusetts teen accused of cutting off a schoolmate's head in a jealous rage, the Boston Herald reports. In his opening statement, a prosecutor said Mathew Borges, then 15, decapitated 16-year-old Manuel Viloria-Paulino in November 2016 after accusing him of sleeping with Borges'... More »

Death Toll Hits 7 in Tennessee Slayings

Cops found 2 more bodies while processing crime scene

(Newser) - Police investigating five murders in Tennessee on Saturday made an additional horrific find: Two more bodies in one of the two homes that were searched in rural Sumner County. Michael Cummins, the 25-year-old suspect in all seven slayings, was taken into custody after a massive manhunt Saturday night. Police say... More »

A Baptist Serial Killer. A Famous Writer. Then, 'Mysteries'

The 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author struggled with an incredible case

(Newser) - When Harper Lee tried her hand at true-crime writing, she picked a doozey—but that didn't guarantee success, CBS News reports. The To Kill a Mockingbird author hadn't published in 17 years when she grew interested in Willie Maxwell, a Baptist minister in Alexander City, Alabama. Maxwell's... More »

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