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Dad Charged With Shooting, Killing 3 Sons Under Age 8

The boys' mother was also shot Thursday in Ohio

(Newser) - A 911 caller in Ohio told authorities that a young girl was running down the street, screaming that "her father was killing everyone," before police found three young boys lying unresponsive in their yard, with their father seated nearby. The three brothers aged 3, 4, and 7, had...

Judge Kicks Out Defendant in Parade Deaths on First Day

After interruptions, Darrell Brooks is warned he could lose his right to defend himself at trial

(Newser) - The Wisconsin judge presiding over Darrell Brooks' homicide trial decided last week to let him represent himself, after cautioning that he'd find being his own attorney difficult against educated and experienced prosecutors. That could change, after the first day of the proceeding Monday didn't go well. Brooks, who...

Killer Who Triggered Change in Japan Knife Law Is Hanged

Tomohiro Kato carried out a mass killing in 2008

(Newser) - Twenty minutes before committing a 2008 mass murder that shocked Japan, Tomohiro Kato posted a warning online that read, "It's time." Japan apparently decided the same thing for him. The 39-year-old has been hanged in the Tokyo Detention Centre, some eight years after he received a death...

5 Years Later, a Guilty Plea in Family Massacre

Prosecutors say custody dispute was behind the Ohio slayings

(Newser) - A man pleaded guilty in the murders of his child's mother and seven other members of her family on Thursday, the fifth anniversary of when the shootings were discovered in southern Ohio. Edward "Jake" Wagner pleaded guilty to 23 counts in Pike County court in a deal with...

Man Behind Attack That Sickened Japan Gets Death

Satoshi Uematsu murdered 19 people in a 2016 stabbing attack outside of Tokyo

(Newser) - It was an attack that left Japan stunned and sickened in 2016, and the man behind it on Monday was sentenced to death by hanging. In what was at the time the country's biggest mass killing since World War II, then 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu murdered 19 people at a...

2019 Was a Bad Year for One Kind of Killing

From Burkina Faso to California, houses of worship came under deadly fire

(Newser) - On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack to “...

White Girl Accused of Plotting 'Horrific' Attack

But Georgia police say they arrested her in time

(Newser) - Georgia police have arrested a 16-year-old girl for allegedly planning to attack and murder people in a mostly black church—with knives, no less, ABC News reports. The girl, who is white and remains unidentified, has been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder. Her alleged target: Bethel African Methodist...

Police in Japan Investigate a Rare Mass Killing

6 were found dead in farmhouse

(Newser) - Police believe three generations of a family were murdered, possibly by one of its members, in a rare mass killing in Japan. Police say six people, five of them from the same family, were found dead in and around a farmhouse in the mountain town of Takachiho, which is a...

Man Convicted in Canada's Deadliest Mass Killing Is Free

Air India bomb maker Inderjit Singh Reyat granted parole

(Newser) - After two decades behind bars and a year in a halfway house, the only person ever convicted in the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182 is free in Canada. Inderjit Singh Reyat, an Indian immigrant and former member of an extremist group fighting for an independent Sikh homeland, was...

Japan: Killer of 19 Wanted to 'Obliterate' the Disabled

Knifeman wrote to Japanese lawmakers months ago

(Newser) - Japan has been stunned and sickened by what the Guardian reports is the country's biggest mass killing since World War II: The murder of 19 people at a center for the disabled just outside Tokyo. Satoshi Uematsu, a 26-year-old former administrator at the Tsukui Yamayuri-En facility in Sagamihara, surrendered...

911 Call in Ohio Horror: 'Blood All Over the House'

As businessman offers up $25K to find unknown suspect

(Newser) - The 911 calls came Friday, from two of the four Ohio homes where eight members of the Rhoden family lay dead in grisly execution-style murders: "There's blood all over the house! My brother-in-law's in the bedroom. It looks like someone has beat the hell out of him,...

100 Years Later, Armenia Remembers Mass Killings

But certain countries—notably Turkey and the US—still won't call it 'genocide'

(Newser) - Turkey may not recognize the killings of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide , but other world leaders do and are paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of the massacre today, the BBC reports. "We will never forget the tragedies that your people have endured," French President Francois Hollande...

College Rejects Breivik's Application

Mass killer wanted to enroll online at University of Oslo

(Newser) - Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik won't be a college student after all. The University of Oslo has rejected his application to study in its political science program online from prison, reports the AP . The school says Breivik's "qualifications do not suffice," and it surely didn't...

11 Bodies Dumped on Mexican Highway

Knights Templar drug cartel takes credit for slayings

(Newser) - Eleven bodies dumped in three locations along the highway in Guerrero, Mexico, appear to have been killed in drug-related violence, reports Reuters . The dead appeared to have been tortured, and messages were found with the bodies signed by the Knights Templar drug cartel, said authorities. The Knights Templar, based just...

'Sane' Breivik Sentenced to 21 Years
 'Sane' Breivik Gets 21 Years 

'Sane' Breivik Gets 21 Years

Norway reaffirms commitment to multiculturalism in wake of attacks

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik was found sane by a Norwegian court today and sentenced to the nation's maximum punishment: 21 years in prison, reports CNN . Prosecutors had asked the court to find Breivik insane, which would have sent him to a secure mental health facility, but the five-judge panel unanimously...

The Changing Face of Fear
 The Changing 
 Face of Fear 


The Changing Face of Fear

Today's evil doesn't kill for a cause, but for destruction itself

(Newser) - America's great enemies of the past—Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, or Mao's China—were evil, but at least they were evil with a point (however twisted). But these days, evil has changed, and from Timothy McVeigh to 9/11, the anthrax killer, and now James Holmes, the "world-burners,...

German Gunman Kills Self, 4 Others
German Gunman Kills Self, 4 Others

German Gunman Kills Self, 4 Others

Took hostages as girlfriend was being evicted

(Newser) - A heavily armed man whose girlfriend was being evicted from her apartment today killed four people, including the new owner and a court bailiff who were shot execution style, before turning a shotgun on himself, German authorities said. A commando team stormed the apartment in the southern German city of...

Syria 'Investigation': Rebels Carried Out Houla Massacre

As rebels report more mass executions

(Newser) - Bashar al-Assad was framed, he tells ya, framed. Syrian investigators today concluded that the infamous Houla massacre was the work of rebels trying to drum up global outrage against the regime. "Government forces did not enter the area," the general heading up the inquiry said, according to the...

Cartel 'Madman' Busted in Mass Beheadings

Daniel Elizondo is leader of local Zeta gang: cops

(Newser) - Police have captured the man behind the grisly slaying, mutilation, and dumping of 49 people near Monterrey last week, officials tell Reuters . Daniel Elizondo, aka "The Madman," a Zeta drug cartel leader, was caught by Mexican soldiers in Nuevo Leon. Over the last few weeks, drug cartel violence...

3 Kids, 3 Adults Killed in Brit Knife Attack

30-year-old suspect in hospital after trying to kill himself

(Newser) - The small British island of Jersey has been rocked by the mystery stabbing deaths of three children and three adults, reports the BBC . The suspected killer, a 30-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital for emergency surgery after trying to kill himself at the crime scene, said police. The...

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