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In a Connecticut Home, a Grim Find, a Troubling Find

A woman's body is there; her 1-year-old daughter is not

(Newser) - Police responding to a welfare-check request related to a Connecticut woman who didn't show up for work Monday made a grim discovery—and then a troubling second one. While police are revealing little about the unnamed Ansonia woman, they say she was found dead inside, and that "she... More »

Rifle in Backseat Discharges, Killing 19-Year-Old Driver

Passenger faces reckless homicide charge

(Newser) - A 19-year-old driver was killed in Indiana when an assault-style rifle held by a passenger in the backseat went off. Annalysa McMillan died of a single gunshot wound to the back, CNN reports. Her death was ruled a homicide, CNN reports, and a 22-year-old passenger is being held on charges... More »

Board Paroles Killer, 80, on His 24th Request

Three women were found beaten to death on hiking trail in 1960

(Newser) - When the decision of the Illinois board was announced, two women tearfully hugged each other. They'd come each year for the parole hearings, and they had stated opposing cases to the board. One is the sister of the killer, the other the granddaughter of a victim. "It's... More »

9 Charged After Student Dies Amid Alleged Frat Hazing

Indictments include involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide

(Newser) - The death of an Ohio University student and a related investigation into alleged hazing by fraternity members has led to charges against nine people, including two former students indicted for involuntary manslaughter and another for reckless homicide, the AP reports. The Athens County prosecutor announced indictments Tuesday related to the... More »

Judge Rejects DNA Test 13 Years After Execution

The Innocence Project backed the test, which would have been a first

(Newser) - A Memphis judge ruled on Monday that the daughter of a man executed 13 years ago for murder does not have the right to seek DNA testing in the case. Sedley Alley, April Alley's father, was executed in 2006 for the 1985 murder of Marine Lance Cpl. Suzanne Collins.... More »

Court Halts Execution in High-Profile Case

Lawyer says that will give time for new evidence to be considered in Rodney Reed's case

(Newser) - Texas’ top appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt. The stay of execution issued Friday afternoon by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came just hours after... More »

Nurse Charged in Beating Death of Long-Unidentified Woman

Body of cognitively impaired victim was found 20 years ago

(Newser) - A 63-year-old nurse has been charged in the beating death of a 23-year-old cognitively impaired woman whose battered body was discovered at the edge of a cornfield in southeastern Wisconsin in July 1999, police said Friday. Linda La Roche was arrested Tuesday in Cape Coral, Florida, Racine County Sheriff Christopher... More »

Traveling Couple Found Buried in Shallow Grave

James Lawrence Butler and Michelle Elaine Butler were touring the country together

(Newser) - For family who reported them missing, it's the worst possible news. James Lawrence Butler and Michelle Elaine Butler—who've been on the road for over a year—were found last Sunday buried in a shallow Texas grave, CNN reports. Authorities say the murdered couple was found on a... More »

'What Does It Mean?' Remains Identified After 4 Decades, but Mystery Lingers

DNA sample leads to a relative of missing teen Sandy Morden

(Newser) - For almost 40 years, the body discovered at Fly Creek near Amboy, Washington, in 1980 was known simply as "Fly Creek Jane Doe." But then investigators uploaded DNA from the skeletal remains to a public genetic genealogy database. The move ultimately led them to a cousin of Sandra... More »

Tarzan Actor's Son Was Only Pretending to Be Armed

Cameron Ely was shot 24 times after he fatally stabbed his mom, according to sheriff's office

(Newser) - After fatally stabbing his mother, the son of actor Ron Ely was shot 24 times by deputies despite not having a weapon, authorities revealed Tuesday. Outside the Tarzan actor's California home on Oct. 15, Cameron Ely told the responding deputies "that he had a gun, advanced towards the... More »

Forensic Expert Suggests Epstein Was Murdered

Neck fractures imply homicidal strangulation: Dr. Michael Baden

(Newser) - A forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein's brother says the financier may have been murdered inside his Manhattan prison cell on Aug. 10. "There's evidence here of homicide that should be investigated," Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner who witnessed the autopsy,... More »

3 Siblings Were Killed at a Bus Stop. The Verdict Is In

Alyssa Shepherd found guilty of reckless homicide in 2018 crash that killed Indiana children

(Newser) - An Indiana woman was convicted Friday of reckless homicide for plowing her pickup truck into four children, killing three of them as they crossed a two-lane highway to board their school bus. The Fulton County jury also found Alyssa Shepherd, 24, guilty of criminal recklessness in the Oct. 30, 2018,... More »

Audio: Son Blamed Actor Dad in 911 Call

Cameron Ely, 30, was a former Harvard quarterback

(Newser) - The son of Tarzan actor Ron Ely fatally stabbed his mother on Tuesday then immediately blamed his father, according to police and audio recordings. In emergency dispatch audio from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office obtained by the Blast , the dispatcher tells officers a male caller hung up after claiming... More »

Cops Find Dead Woman at Actor's Home. Then, a Shootout

Police say Ron Ely's wife was killed by the couple's son

(Newser) - Two people were killed Tuesday at the California home of actor Ron Ely, who's described as safe and uninjured. Deputies responded to a call about a family dispute at the home in the Santa Barbara suburb of Hope Ranch around 8:15pm to find the body of an elderly... More »

They Were Sleeping on the Streets. Now, 4 Dead in Rampage

Victims believed to have been homeless; 'long metal object' recovered

(Newser) - Four men who were believed to be homeless were brutally attacked and killed Saturday in a New York City street rampage. New York Police Department Detective Annette Shelton says that a fifth man remained in critical condition Saturday after also being struck with a long metal object that authorities recovered.... More »

Man Accused of Killing 6-Year-Old Son in Horrific Tub Exorcism

Complaint says Pablo Martinez held boy he said was 'demonic' under faucet of scalding water

(Newser) - A horrific crime out of Arizona, where a father is accused of the first-degree murder of his 6-year-old son after an apparent exorcism attempt. The Arizona Republic reports that Pablo Martinez, said to be in his 30s, was arrested after the incident on the Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation outside Tucson,... More »

A Decades-Long Serial Killer Case Ends With Confession

S. Korea's Lee Chun-jae admitted to 14 murders, but statute of limitations has run out

(Newser) - Police had only been able to link him to a handful of rapes and murders in South Korea—but a suspected serial killer has just confessed to many more. The New York Times reports that 56-year-old Lee Chun-jae, already in prison for life for raping and killing his sister-in-law, has... More »

Cop Accused of Killing Man in His Home: I Wish He'd Shot Me

At murder trial, ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger says she thought Botham Jean was going to kill her

(Newser) - The former Dallas cop who shot and killed neighbor Botham Jean in his own apartment took the stand Friday morning at her Texas murder trial, emotional as her defense team continued to insist that Jean's death was a "tragic but innocent" mistake that happened after she entered his... More »

Verdict Is In on Murder of 'Pakistan's Kim Kardashian'

Model Qandeel Baloch's brother is found guilty in apparent 'honor killing'

(Newser) - He was accused of strangling his own sister to death, a killing that led to calls of revenge from his father and spurred a renewed debate about "honor killings" in Pakistan. Now, a verdict: Reuters reports Muhammad Waseem was found guilty on Friday of murdering 26-year-old fashion model Qandeel... More »

Disturbing Development in Case of Boy Found on Porch

Burned-out vehicle with human remains was rental car driven by little Noelvin's parents

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy was found on a stranger's porch in Buffalo on Monday morning, more than 1,000 miles from his home in Florida, and the three adults he'd been traveling with, including his parents, are "potentially ... still alive," say Buffalo police—but it doesn't... More »

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