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Mosque Killing Suspect Makes Hand Gesture in Court

Brenton Tarrant is believed to have made a white power signal

(Newser) - The hand symbol may say it all. The alleged killer of least 49 people at two New Zealand mosques smirked in court Saturday and made a symbol—an "OK" gesture with the thumb and index fingers forming a circle—that many are taking as a white power sign, Sky... More »

Father of Victim in Grisly Mass Killing Speaks Out

Damon Decree Sr speaks up about the loss of his son

(Newser) - The father of a boy allegedly killed by his own mother and sister in a horrific mass murder is speaking out, ABC News reports. Damon Decree Sr's estranged wife Shana Decree, 45, and their daughter Dominique Decree, 19, are accused of killing Damon and Shana's 13-year-old boy Damon... More »

Finland Admits WWII Atrocity

Finnish volunteers in Nazi forces massacred Jews

(Newser) - A senior Israeli Holocaust historian is praising Finnish authorities for publishing a report concluding that Finnish troops likely participated in the mass murder of Jews during World War II, the AP reports. Efraim Zuroff, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, on Sunday lauded the determination of the National Archives of Finland... More »

Parkland Dad Jokes About 'Kids Getting Shot'

Manuel Oliver responds to CK's December routine

(Newser) - "You ever hear dead baby jokes? I got a dead baby. His name was Joaquin Oliver." So says outspoken gun-control activist Manuel Oliver about his son, who was killed in the 2018 Parkland school shooting—part of the father's response to Louis CK making fun of politically... More »

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... More »

Officials Say 18-Year-Old Murdered 17 at College

Crimea's regional leader says the attacker took his own life

(Newser) - The death toll in an attack at a college in Crimea on Wednesday stands at 17 (previously reported as 18), with at least another 40 injured, reports the AP . Regional leader Sergei Aksyonov has reportedly identified the suspect as a male who attended Kerch Polytechnic College in Kerch. Russia's... More »

Van Left 'Pure Carnage' for Nearly a Mile in Toronto

Police believe there is no terror connection

(Newser) - Police don't know why a van sped along a busy sidewalk in Toronto on Monday afternoon, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake—but they say it "definitely looks deliberate." A suspect identified as 25-year-old Alek Minassian was arrested near the scene of the horrific attack,... More »

Charles Manson Remembered as 'Evil Con Man'

It's not clear what will happen to his remains

(Newser) - Ceased to exist: Charles Manson died in a California hospital Sunday night, almost 50 years into the cult leader's nine consecutive life sentences for orchestrating a series of murders that some said brought an end to the spirit of the '60s. Manson, long an inmate at Corcoran State... More »

Charles Manson in Hospital, Reportedly in Dire Condition

Mass murderer, 83, hospitalized for unspecified issue; one source says 'it's just a matter of time'

(Newser) - All that California corrections officials will confirm is that Charles Manson is alive—but all other details on why the 83-year-old mass murderer is now at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., are being kept under wraps, per the Los Angeles Times . It's his second reported hospital visit this year,... More »

What Feds Are Learning in Probe of Orlando Killer

The Omar Mateen investigation continues

(Newser) - Although the killer is known, the investigation continues into what motivated and enabled Omar Mateen to carry out the worst mass shooting in modern US history. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in interviews Sunday on several news shows that the FBI would release a partial printed transcript of the conversations... More »

Lone Survivor as Man Kills 14 in Family, Hangs Self

The youngest victim was his 3-month-old daughter

(Newser) - A man in western India fatally stabbed 14 members of his family, including seven children, early Sunday before hanging himself, police said. Hasnain Warekar, 35, went on his overnight killing spree following a Saturday evening family gathering at his home, said Gajanan Laxman Kabdule, a police rep in the city... More »

Police: Man Befriended Campers, Then Killed Them

Victims were a family celebrating a 24th birthday

(Newser) - William Hudson helped a family of seven get their vehicle unstuck from mud Saturday at an East Texas campsite and hung out with them for a bit, the AP reports. "Then something went wrong," Sheriff Greg Taylor tells the Corsicana Daily Sun . According to the AP, Hudson allegedly... More »

5 Evil Figures Who Had Surprising Pasts

Pol Pot, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Timothy McVeigh are among them

(Newser) - Adolf Hitler's early life as an aspiring artist is well-documented, but who knew that other mass murderers and despots had hopeful beginnings? A rundown, per Ozy :
  1. Pol Pot: The soon-to-be Cambodian despot lived it up in Paris as a foreign student of radio electronics in the late 1940s and
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9 Dead in Canada Killing Spree

Police think man killed 6 adults, 2 kids, and himself

(Newser) - A killing spree in Canada has left nine people dead at three separate locations in or near Edmonton, reports the CBC . Authorities think one man killed six adults and two children in a domestic dispute before committing suicide. Edmonton police found the first victim, a middle-aged woman, inside a home... More »

Mexico: Charred Eye Socket Belongs to Missing Student

Bone fragment was found in dump

(Newser) - More than two months after 43 student protesters disappeared in Mexico, a bone fragment found in a dump has provided what authorities say is the first solid evidence of their fate. Mexico's attorney general says forensic experts have determined that the charred piece of eye socket belongs to missing... More »

Report: Newtown Shooter Could Have Been Helped

Instead, parents, school sheltered and 'appeased' Adam Lanza

(Newser) - Parental denial and stunning breakdowns in his educational and medical treatment led to plenty of missed opportunities to get Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza the help he needed and perhaps avoid the 2012 tragedy, a report released today by the Office of the Child Advocate reveals. Lanza had "'... More »

Charles Manson, 80, Gets a Marriage License

Manson, still in prison, has 26-year-old fiancée

(Newser) - Charles Manson may be an 80-year-old mass murderer serving life in prison, but somebody loves him—and that somebody plans to marry the guy, the AP reports. Manson and Afton Burton, a 26-year-old Midwesterner who goes by "Star," have a marriage license that's valid for the next... More »

Mexico: Missing Students Were Burned in 14-Hour Fire

Authorities working to identify remains found in river

(Newser) - Mexico says it finally knows the fate of 43 college students missing since September: They were murdered, burned in a massive fire, and dumped in a river, authorities said today. The nation's attorney general met with relatives and told them that detained gang members filled in the grisly details:... More »

World's 'Greatest' Mass Murderess Bathed in Blood

Countess Elizabeth Bathory died 400 years ago

(Newser) - Talk about a grim anniversary: Countess Elizabeth Bathory of the Kingdom of Hungary died 400 years ago, ending the world's "most prolific" recorded killing spree by a woman, CNN reports. Bathory reportedly tortured and killed up to 650 girls and bathed in their blood because she believed it... More »

How the Media Can Help Stop Mass Murders

Gina Tron was once feared to be a killer

(Newser) - Gina Tron made headlines as a teenager when people mistakenly feared she planned to go on a killing spree at her high school. Now, she writes at Politico about how she enjoyed her brief fame—and how mass murderers seek media validation. If we stop offering them a platform, she... More »

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