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Ex-Police Chief Allegedly Turned Killer at Wife's Urging

Timothy Dean on trial for double-murder over a custody dispute

(Newser) - This much is clear: On the afternoon of Oct. 22, 2018, two people were shot to death outside their home in Sodus, near Rochester, NY. The victims were 28-year-old Joshua Niles and his girlfriend, 24-year-old Amber Washburn. The trial has now begun for the suspected shooter, 34-year-old Timothy Dean, who... 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 »

He Asked Her to Be Nice. Cops Say That Got Him Killed

Police say woman shoved man, 74, off bus

(Newser) - Security video recorded a woman shoving a 74-year-old man with a walker off a public transit bus in Las Vegas after he asked her to be nice to other passengers, and she's facing a murder charge after the man died, according to court documents. Serge Fournier hit his head... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Texas Officer Charged With Homicide for Shooting Motorist

Bau Tran fired as man started to drive away

(Newser) - A Texas grand jury indicted a suburban Dallas police officer Wednesday on a charge of criminally negligent homicide for fatally shooting a black man during a traffic stop last year. The Tarrant County grand jury indicted Arlington Officer Bau Tran eight months after he shot 24-year-old O'Shae Terry in... More »

Cops: 4 Murdered at N. Dakota Business

Police haven't identified 3 men, 1 woman

(Newser) - Four people were found dead Monday in what police called a "multiple homicide" at a North Dakota property-management business. The bodies of three men and a woman were discovered inside RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan, a city of about 22,000 just across the Missouri River west of... More »

Woman Charged in 'Soulless' Murder of Elderly Doctor

Source says Thomas Burchard had been giving Kelsey Turner a lot of money, paying her rent

(Newser) - A man driving along a remote stretch of road outside Las Vegas earlier this month stumbled upon an abandoned car. Weeks later, a 25-year-old woman has been arrested by the FBI in California, tied to the homicide of a 71-year-old psychiatrist whose body cops say was found in that car.... More »

Posted Confession Brings Arrest in 1986 Slaying

Michael Leon Curry accused of killing nurse's aide in Michigan

(Newser) - A convicted felon confessed repeatedly in the late 1980s to killing a woman in Michigan. Nothing happened. "People thought he was trying to get attention," the lead police investigator tells WOOD . But last June, Michael Leon Curry confessed again, on Facebook. "If I get pissed I kill,... More »

Accused Pedophile Priest Now a Homicide Victim

Dozens in New Jersey alleged John Capparelli had sexually abused them when they were boys

(Newser) - John Capparelli traveled across the US three years ago, hoping to leave the sexual abuse allegations about him behind on the East Coast, and many in the defrocked priest's Henderson, Nev., neighborhood may have had no clue about his past. That history came to light this week after Capparelli,... More »

Rock Thrown From Overpass Kills Mom in Front of 3 Kids

Texas case is being treated as murder

(Newser) - In a horrific incident in Texas on Saturday, a mother was fatally injured in front of her boyfriend and their three children by a rock thrown onto their vehicle on Interstate 35 near Temple. The large rock "struck and entered the vehicle’s windshield, making contact with the front... More »

Chris Watts Tells Investigators How He Killed His Family

Chilling account is from a five-hour prison interview

(Newser) - Chris Watts, the Colorado man who killed his pregnant wife and their two young daughters, told police that 4-year-old Bella struggled and pleaded, "Daddy, no!" as he strangled her in the back seat of his truck. "I hear that every day," Watts told investigators, WLTX reports.... More »

Teen Charged With Dad's Dog-Leash Killing

Alexander Bishop, 16, says he found his dad with leash around his neck last year

(Newser) - The North Carolina teen who said he found his father with a dog leash wrapped around his neck last April has now been charged in the man's death. Bill Bishop, 59, died three days after son Alexander found him unresponsive and with ligature marks around his neck from the... More »

Cops: After Mom's Funeral, His 6th DUI Proved Fatal

David Strowhouer denied driving, admitted to wanting cocaine: cops

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison under a new state law if convicted of what police say was his sixth DUI since 2010. But it's a situation where you think "seven years isn’t even enough, not by any stretch of... More »

Woman Found in Suitcase: 'Someone' Will Kill Me

Valerie Reyes was terrified only days before her death

(Newser) - A woman found murdered in a suitcase Tuesday told her mother only days before that she feared for her life, the New York Times reports. Valerie Reyes, 24, turned deeply anxious in a Jan. 28 phone call: "She was very scared, very frightened," her mother Norma Sanchez tells... More »

Police Identify Woman Found Dead in Suitcase

Valerie Reyes' bound body was found in Connecticut

(Newser) - A woman found dead and bound in a suitcase in a wooded area of Connecticut was identified Thursday as a 24-year-old New York resident who worked at a bookstore and aspired to be a tattoo artist, according to police and co-workers. Greenwich, Connecticut, police identified the woman as Valerie Reyes,... More »

They Found a Suitcase in an Upscale Town. Inside: Horror

Police in Greenwich, Conn., trying to identify female homicide victim

(Newser) - A Connecticut town touted as one of the safest in the country is reeling Wednesday after a woman's body was found bound and stuffed in a suitcase. Police in upscale Greenwich are following numerous public tips, and encouraging others to come forward with information, after highway workers made the... More »

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