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Before Hanging Death, His Girlfriend Made Angry Threat

Malcolm Harsch's family say he did in fact kill himself

(Newser) - A black man whose hanging death roused the ire of activists did indeed die by suicide, the New York Times reports. A family spokesman says video of Malcolm Harsch, 38, taking his life in Victorville, Calif., last month confirmed he hadn't been lynched. Sheriff's officials reinforced that by...

Cops Say They Hanged Themselves. Their Families Disagree

Robert Fuller, Malcolm Harsch found hanged from trees in S. California, and families want answers

(Newser) - Cops say two black men found hanged from trees in two separate incidents in Southern California took their own lives, but their families are pushing back on that, insisting neither one would've ended their lives that way. The New York Times reports that the body of 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch,...

Black Man Found Hanging From Tree Near City Hall

Robert Fuller's body was found in Palmdale, California

(Newser) - Authorities in the Southern California city of Palmdale are investigating the death of a 24-year-old black man found hanging from a tree near City Hall, which they originally described as an apparent suicide, prompting outrage in the community, the AP reports. A passerby reported seeing Robert Fuller's body around...

He Was Ready to Place His Order. Then He Saw 'Disgusting' Decor

Erik Pocock says McDonald's Halloween stickers showed hanging that resembled lynching

(Newser) - A McDonald's in Massachusetts has put out an apology after catching flak for gruesome Halloween decor that some say looked uncomfortably like a lynching. Today reports on customer Erik Pocock's visit to a North Andover restaurant on Oct. 22, where he spotted a set of seasonal stickers depicting...

Experts Have Different Take on Epstein's Broken Neck Bones

'Actually suggests much more strongly that it was hanging'

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy appears to have created more questions than answers , but one reporter says the conspiracy theories may be unnecessary. Writing for CNN Business , Oliver Darcy notes the Washington Post story that set the internet abuzz reported on Epstein's post-mortem, which found "multiple breaks in his...

Big Find in Epstein Autopsy Leads to New Questions

Epstein had broken bones in neck

(Newser) - If you thought the conspiracy theories swirling around the death of Jeffrey Epstein were already in overdrive, get ready for the next level. That's because an autopsy has been performed on the accused sex trafficker, believed to have taken his own life last week, and an eyebrow-raising find was...

Country Hires 2 Hangmen, Says Executions Will Happen

Sri Lanka last put a man to death in 1976

(Newser) - Sri Lankan prison authorities have recruited two hangmen ahead of planned executions that would end a 43-year-old moratorium on the death penalty, an official said Monday. The recruitment of the two hangmen comes as prison authorities are preparing to carry out an order by Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena, who...

Teen Helped Girl Hang Herself. Now, the Sentence

Tyerell Przybycien says his actions don't 'deserve pity'

(Newser) - A teenager found guilty of helping his schoolmate hang herself has received his prison sentence: five years to life, CNN reports. Tyerell Przybycien, now 19, bought the rope and compressed air that 16-year-old Jchandra Brown used to take her own life in a Utah campground in May 2017. He also...

Malaysian Court Orders US Citizen to the Gallows

Gerald Mickelson found guilty of murdering ex-wife

(Newser) - A Malaysian court has sentenced an American man to death by hanging for killing his ex-wife, but the man will appeal the ruling on the grounds that he acted in self-defense, the AP reports. Lawyer KA Ramu says the High Court found his client, 63-year-old Gerald Wayne Mickelson, guilty of...

Japan Carries Out 2nd Mass Execution This Month

Final 6 Aum Shinrikyo members hanged

(Newser) - Thursday was the final day of reckoning for members of a doomsday cult that killed dozens of people in Japan in the 1990s. Six members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult were hanged, weeks after the mass execution of cult leader Shoko Asahara and another six of his followers , the BBC...

In Japan, Mass Hanging of Cult Leader, 6 Followers

They were members of Aum Shinrikyo, responsible for Japan's worst terrorist attack

(Newser) - Japan on Friday executed the leader of a doomsday cult and six of his followers, public broadcaster NHK reports, a mass hanging that had been rumored for months . Chizuo Matsumoto, also known as Shoko Asahara, was the head of Aum Shinrikyo, the group responsible for the 1995 sarin nerve gas...

10 Found Hanging in Family's Home Had Cotton in Ears

Writings found suggest 'definite spiritual and mystical practices,' say Delhi police

(Newser) - Police say it's "still too early" to know how 10 family members ended up dead and hanging from the ceiling in Delhi, India, but some early details from their investigation into the deaths are dribbling out. The bodies of the 10, as well as that of an elderly...

Malaysia Sentences Aussie Grandma to Death by Hanging

Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was found to be carrying meth in her luggage in 2014

(Newser) - A 54-year-old Australian grandmother who was acquitted of drug trafficking charges in December has just seen the tables turn. The ruling was overturned on appeal, and a Malaysian court on Tuesday sentenced her to death, with the head of a three-judge panel saying "you are convicted and will suffer...

Tycoon's Brother Found Liable for Rebecca Zahau's Odd Death

Zahau's family awarded $5M in wrongful death suit over 'bizarre' 2011 hanging

(Newser) - Rebecca Zahau was found hanged naked with her hands and feet bound in a California mansion in July 2011, and investigators concluded it was suicide . The 32-year-old's family alleged it was murder , and on Wednesday a San Diego jury decided someone else was responsible for her death. The Arizona ...

3 Boys Saw a Man Attempting Suicide. 'Leave Me,' He Said

English students rewarded for saving man's life

(Newser) - Last year, three schoolboys stumbled on a man trying to hang himself off a bridge. Now they've been awarded by a British charity for saving the man's life, the Sun reports. "If ever there was a story to balance up the bad ones this is it,"...

He Hanged Nazi Officers, Died Suspiciously Himself
Wichita Hangman Gained
Renown for Nazi Executions
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Wichita Hangman Gained Renown for Nazi Executions

New book will chronicle controversial role of John C. Woods

(Newser) - The name John C. Woods may not be familiar to most Americans, but it turns out the Wichita native played a unique role in history in the aftermath of World War II. As the Wichita Eagle explains, Woods was a US Army executioner who hanged 10 prominent Nazi war criminals...

Cops Reveal Cause of Death for Canadian Billionaire, Wife

Homicide squad has taken the lead in investigation

(Newser) - The investigation into the mysterious deaths of a billionaire and his wife is now being led by homicide detectives, police say—suggesting the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman were either murder-suicide or a double murder. Police, who have described the deaths as "suspicious," revealed Sunday that the...

Guitar, Pill Bottles, Blood: Pics From Cornell's Hotel Room

Police report includes photos, details of what bodyguard and emergency workers found

(Newser) - A guitar lying on a chair. A plane ticket in pieces. A bathroom floor stained with blood. These are just some of the images contained in a Detroit Police Department report regarding the May death of Chris Cornell, obtained from an FOIA request by the Detroit Free Press . The Press...

Amnesty: Horrors at Syrian Prison Include Weekly Mass Hangings

Report details up to 13K executions at Saydnaya Prison

(Newser) - Every week, sometimes twice a week, a military facility in Syria executes more people than the United States executes in a year, according to a hard-hitting Amnesty International report on the "human slaughterhouse" that is Saydnaya Prison. Syria has been secretly killing up to 50 people at a time,...

Cops: Firefighters Take 'Random' Exit, Stop a Murder

Man was attempting to hang woman in underpass: cops

(Newser) - Firefighters were expecting to find, well, flames. Instead, they discovered a man attempting to hang a woman beneath an overpass near Utah's Parleys Canyon on Friday, police say. A four-man crew responding to a report of smoke at the mouth of the canyon around 8pm found nothing troubling, so...

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