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Cops: Serial Rapists Who Struck in 1990s Found With Genealogy

Including the so-called 'Potomac River Rapist'

(Newser) - Police say two serial rapists have been caught—one in California and one in South Carolina—thanks to genetic genealogy. Giles Daniel Warrick, accused of sexually assaulting 10 women and killing one in Washington, DC, and Maryland in the 1990s, was arrested last week in Conway, SC, after authorities connected... More »

Rape Victim to Judge's $150K Restitution Idea: Uh, No

Bruce Bennett offered to reduce 12-year sentence for Sedrick Hills if he financially compensated victim

(Newser) - A rape victim's response to what a Louisiana judge likely thought was a generous offer: No thanks. The AP reports District Court Judge Bruce Bennett made the surprising overture Thursday right after he'd sentenced 44-year-old Sedrick Hills to 12 years behind bars for raping the woman, now 31,... More »

Georgia Accidentally Sets Free Child Rapist

Now scrambling to find inmate after public wasn't notified for days

(Newser) - Authorities in Georgia are on the hunt for a rapist who was serving a life sentence when he was mistakenly released from prison on Friday. Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez, 31, jailed since 2015 on convictions of rape and aggravated child molestation in Gwinnett County, was released from Reidsville's Rogers State... 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 »

Trial Begins for Former NFL Star Accused of Being Serial Rapist

Kellen Winslow Jr. faces life in prison if convicted

(Newser) - From 2004 to 2013, Kellen Winslow Jr. was an NFL star, raking in $40 million over the course of his career—during which, at one point, he was the highest-paid tight end in the league. Now, the 35-year-old is on trial, accused of being a serial rapist . His father, San... More »

Woman: X-Ray Tech Leaked My Info to Rapist, He Attacked Me Again

She says hospital worker alerted rapist to allegations

(Newser) - A Kansas woman was raped on May 26, 2017, and had a rape kit administered at Atchison Hospital. She told hospital staff her alleged attacker's name—and, she claims, former X-ray technician Janet Rawson Enzbrenner turned around and notified the man that she was accusing him of rape. The... More »

Jailed Rapist Told He Could Seek Visits With Victim's Son

The teen's mother is outraged

(Newser) - An eye-popping story out of Northern England, where the Times of London reports a convicted rapist was contacted by the Rotherham Council while incarcerated and invited to seek out visits with the son he fathered through rape. The child's mother was 15 when she became pregnant by Arshid Hussain,... More »

Serial Rape Suspect Arrested After 27 Years

California authorities say they have the 'NorCal Rapist' in custody, thanks to DNA

(Newser) - It's taken nearly three decades, but California authorities think they've finally nabbed the "NorCal Rapist." At a Friday presser, Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn and Sacramento County DA Anne Marie Schubert said Roy Charles Waller, 58, was arrested Thursday as he showed up to work at... More »

Cops Say They've Caught the 'Rideshare Rapist'

Orlando Vilchez Lazo allegedly posed as driver for ride-sharing company, picked up victims

(Newser) - Police in San Francisco say they've caught a man they'd been hunting as the "Rideshare Rapist." Orlando Vilchez Lazo, 37, has been charged with four separate assaults going back to 2013, and police suspect more victims are out there, reports the Washington Post . Authorities say Lazo... More »

10 Years Later, Rape Victims in One State Gain a Victory

Women impregnated by their rapists can cut off parental rights

(Newser) - More than 10 years after supporters began pushing for it, Maryland's legislature has decided—with unanimous votes in the state Senate and House—to enable impregnated rape victims to ask judges to end the parental rights of their rapists. Supporters say it has become embarrassing that a state known... More »

'Pillowcase Rapist' Locked Back Up Over 'Distorted Thinking'

Christopher Hubbart had been released in 2014

(Newser) - A notorious California serial rapist who muffled victims' screams with a pillowcase had his freedom revoked after his therapists said they were concerned about his fantasies and didn't think he had come to terms with his "distorted thinking," the AP reports. Christopher Hubbart, who was dubbed the... More »

FBI on Hunt for Serial Killer Who Last Struck in 1986

'Original Night Stalker' was tied to at least 52 sex assaults in Sacramento County, Bay Area

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since a violent serial burglar, rapist, and killer started to terrorize Northern California, but the FBI this week announced there is a new, concerted push to find the so-called "East Area Rapist." Described as a white male about 5-foot-10 with blond or light... More »

Serial Rapists 'Far More Common' Than Thought

'These are one-man crime waves,' says prosecutor

(Newser) - Analysis of 5,000 untested rape kits made possible with a grant from Ohio's Justice Department has so far helped authorities in Cuyahoga County secure 250 convictions. In fact, the county prosecutor calls the kits "the greatest gold mine of information and leads for law enforcement that I... More »

Inside the Mind of an Infamous Sex Offender

Former colleague wanted to find Peter Braunstein remorseful. He didn't

(Newser) - Before Oct. 31, 2005, Aaron Gell thought only of Peter Braunstein as a former colleague—he was a writer at Women’s Wear Daily when Gell was an editor at W. Afterward, he and the rest of the world came to know Braunstein as "the Fire Fiend" or "... More »

For Years, Woman's Rape Went Basically Un-Investigated

Police didn't even test rape kit for a decade

(Newser) - Marie picked up the phone and dialed the number the detective gave her 10 days before, on the night she was raped at knifepoint outside a friend's house in New Orleans. It was the first of many calls Marie would make in an 18-year ordeal of shoddy police work... More »

India Bans Incendiary Rape Documentary

Leslee Udwin had appealed to PM Narendra Modi against 'kneejerk hysteria'

(Newser) - A rapist's utter lack of remorse provoked no small amount of controversy over a coming documentary, and India swiftly responded today by banning India's Daughter outright, reports the New York Times . India won't "allow any organization to leverage" the 2012 gang rape of a woman on... More »

Filmmaker's Interviews With Indian Rapists Horrify

Documentary on murder of Indian woman reveals men's shocking attitudes

(Newser) - Two years ago, medical student Jyoti Singh was brutally gang-raped on a bus in Delhi, India; she died from her injuries almost two weeks later. Now an Israeli-born filmmaker's documentary about the attack, set to air on BBC4 on Sunday and at a New York screening on March 9,... More »

How Rapists Who Wear Condoms Could Be Caught

Bacterial profiles of pubic hair so unique they could identify perpetrators

(Newser) - Investigators routinely analyze pubic hairs found at crime scenes where rape is suspected, but it's rare that the hair has its root, and thus sufficient DNA to identify its former owner. Now researchers say that bacterial colonies on pubic hairs appear to be so unique to an individual that... More »

Police: Sex Offender Is a 'Serial Killer'

Darren Vann hints at murders going back 20 years, cops say

(Newser) - Police investigating the slayings of seven northwestern Indiana women whose bodies were found over the weekend say today they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect indicates there could be more victims going back 20 years. The Lake County prosecutor's office today charged... More »

Judge Who 'Blamed' Rape Victim Recuses Herself

Jeanine Howard backs out of controversial case

(Newser) - A Texas judge who sparked outrage by limiting the punishment of a rapist —and criticizing the man's 14-year-old victim—has recused herself from the case, the Dallas Morning News reports. State District Judge Jeanine Howard made no comment beyond what she said Thursday night (that the girl "... More »

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