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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 »

San Jose Standoff Ends With 5 Dead

Police say gunman killed 4 others, then himself

(Newser) - A gunman shot and killed four people then turned the gun on himself after an hours-long standoff with police in California, authorities said Monday. San Jose police saw several bloody family members and victims fleeing a home when police responded to calls of shots fired Sunday night, the AP reports.... More »

US Sailor, Woman Found Dead in Bloody Bedroom

The killing comes at a time of rising tensions in Okinawa

(Newser) - Tragedy struck Okinawa on Saturday morning when a US Navy sailor apparently used a knife to kill a woman and then take his own life, CNN reports. The bodies were found in a bloody bedroom on the Japanese island. "This is an absolute tragedy and we are fully committed... More »

Ex-Corporate Raider, Wife Found Dead in Bed: Friend

Irwin and Alexandra Jacobs had been married 57 years

(Newser) - He was once a corporate raider known as "Irv the Liquidator." Now Irwin Jacobs and his wife Alexandra are dead in an apparent murder-suicide at their home about 15 miles south-west Minneapolis, Minn., the Star-Tribune reports. Police say only that two bodies were found in bed with a... More »

Jury: Both Moms Were In on Murder-Suicide Plan

Jennifer Hart drove off a cliff after wife Sarah researched drowning

(Newser) - A special coroner's jury in California ruled the deaths of two Washington state women and their six adopted children was a murder-suicide after hearing testimony that one of the women had researched death by drowning online and the other deliberately stepped on the gas, sending their SUV plunging off... More »

5 Grisly Murders, a Possible Suicide Pact

Family members say cult ties may have influenced suspects to kill 5 other family members

(Newser) - What authorities in Bucks County, Pa., are calling an "atrocious" murder still hasn't been completely clarified by the two suspects, who were found Monday night at the scene of the Morrisville massacre, but pieces (albeit conflicting ones) are slowly starting to come together. "As confusing as it... More »

Cops: Mom Took 3 Daughters Out to Lunch, Then Killed Them

Aubrianne Moore had history of mental illness

(Newser) - Investigators have revealed details equally sad and chilling in the Feb. 18 murder of three young girls by their mother near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Aubrianne Moore picked up the girls from school on the pretext of a doctor's appointment, took them out to lunch, and then shot them, police... More »

Mom, 3 Young Daughters Found Dead at Mich. Home

Police suspect murder-suicide

(Newser) - Three children and a woman were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds Monday at a home in western Michigan, authorities say. Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young says authorities responded Monday to a property near Cedar Springs, a community about 30 miles north of Grand Rapids, the AP reports. She says... More »

Florida Deputy Kills 3 Generations

Authorities say sheriff's deputy killed wife, daughter, granddaughter, then himself

(Newser) - Authorities say a deputy in Florida has killed his wife, his daughter, and his granddaughter before turning the gun on himself, the AP reports. During a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said that Terry Strawn, a school security officer, shot his wife and 6-year-old granddaughter, then... More »

Cops: After Fight With Wife, Coast Guardsman Kills Her, Then Son

He also allegedly shot daughter, who is in critical condition

(Newser) - After an argument with his wife at their Miami home early Sunday, police say a Coast Guard service member fatally shot her, their 7-year-old son, and then himself. Investigators say Petty Officer 1st Class John Presnar, 44, also shot the couple's 8-year-old daughter, who is in critical condition, ABC... More »

Cops: 11-Year-Old Boy Shot Grandma, Killed Himself

Arizona boy had been asked to clean his room

(Newser) - In an extremely disturbing case in a Phoenix suburb, police say an 11-year-old carried out a murder-suicide with his grandfather's handgun after being asked to clean his room. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the boy's grandfather told them he was sitting on the couch Saturday with... More »

Man Kills Wife, Self as Their Kids Wait to Go Trick-or-Treating

Kids were in car, but older brother witnessed shooting

(Newser) - Authorities say a Florida man killed his wife and himself as his children waited to go trick-or-treating, the AP reports. A Polk County Sheriff's Office news release says 40-year-old Antero Araujo Quintana shot his wife, 42-year-old Beatriz Araujo, and then himself Wednesday evening at the family's Lakeland home.... More »

Murder-Suicide by Wife Foils Hubby's Fake Death

He reportedly hoped insurance money would pay for daughter's epilepsy treatment

(Newser) - Lesson learned: Tell your wife if you ever plan to fake your own death. A 34-year-old man who failed to do so turned up alive to find his wife had killed herself and their two young children, according to police in China. The man, identified only by the surname He,... More »

Cops: Tennessee Mom, 4 Kids Died in Murder-Suicide

Children ranged in age from 8 to 16

(Newser) - A Tennessee official says a mother and four children have been found dead at a home in Columbia. Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper says the family died in an apparent murder-suicide, the AP reports. The dead children, who ranged in age from 8 to 16, and woman were found... More »

Father Helped Daughter in Murder-Suicide Plot: Cops

Charles Sander allegedly shot his son-in-law, then himself

(Newser) - A former Missouri jail guard persuaded her terminally ill father to fatally shoot her estranged husband to resolve a custody dispute and then kill himself so it appeared to be a murder-suicide, authorities allege. Elizabeth Kilgore, 35, of Quincy, pleaded not guilty last week to first-degree murder in the death... More »

'Miserable' Father Set Off 'Crazy' Car Blast That Killed Son

Police say Jacob Schmoyer sent letters detailing his plans

(Newser) - It was the 26-year-old father who set off the "crazy" explosion that killed his 2-year-old son and a 66-year-old friend in Allentown, Pa., Saturday night, police say. Jacob Schmoyer allegedly used a homemade explosive device inside his car; the ensuing blast killed Schmoyer, his son, Jonathan, and his friend,... More »

Tennis Star's Ex Kills Their Children, Himself

Stephanie Reece knew something was wrong Friday

(Newser) - Impossible to imagine: Former pro tennis player Stephanie Reece learned Friday that her ex-husband had fatally shot their two children and himself, People reports. After getting a call that their kids, Shelby, 13, and Harrison, 15, weren't in school, Reece tried reaching ex-husband Michael Hunn and finally drove to... More »

Brothers Killed Their Dad, Then Themselves: Police

Ohio police chief calls apparent murder-suicide 'bizarre'

(Newser) - Police in Beachwood, Ohio, say two brothers shot and killed their father, then fatally shot themselves during an ensuing SWAT standoff, reports. Dr. Richard Warn, 59, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds inside his home Thursday night after his wife returned without her keys and was unable... More »

He Wanted Ex to Give Him More Time With Son, Killed Them All

Police say James Shields Jr. murdered 3 people over trans-Atlantic custody dispute

(Newser) - On Monday, the friend who accompanied Linda Olthof from the Netherlands to New York couldn't get in touch with her and called Olthof's sister back home. Her sister Googled "New York" to see if anything was amiss there and quickly came across news of a murder-suicide. "... More »

In Australia Shooting, Kids' Bodies Found in Shed They Lived In

Police confirm victims' identities

(Newser) - A day after Australia experienced its worst shooting since 1996 , police confirmed the identities of the victims found at Forever Dreaming Farm in Osmington: Cynda and Peter Miles; their daughter, Katrina Miles; and her four children, two boys and two girls who ranged from ages 8 to 13. The New ... More »

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