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Woman Found Dead, Nearly Decapitated, in Possible Ax Attack

Another woman was injured; man faces murder charges

(Newser) - A woman was found dead and partially decapitated in a Brooklyn apartment, after apparently being attacked with an ax in what police say was a "brutal, vicious attack." A man in custody faces murder charges, WNBC reports, and a 4-year-old girl in the apartment was unharmed. An Uber... More »

New York, Feds Pay to Test Rape Kits Around the Nation

Funding has helped bring hundreds of convictions

(Newser) - Languishing evidence in over 100,000 sexual assault cases around the country has been sent for DNA testing with money from a New York prosecutor and federal authorities, spurring more than 1,000 arrests and hundreds of convictions in three years, officials say. It's estimated that another 155,000... More »

Fugitives Taunt Police, Who Are Up to the Challenge

After 'Do ya job' post, three wanted women are arrested

(Newser) - Three women wanted in thefts around Atlanta allegedly taunted police online, telling officers on Instagram to "Do ya job." Now they're in jail. They were arrested Sunday after a brief chase when an Indiana trooper spotted a speeding car, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Police in Georgia... More »

Cops: Bank Robbers Were Girls, Ages 14 and 15

14-year-old demanded money or she'd 'blow everything up,' police say

(Newser) - Two Massachusetts girls, ages 14 and 15, are being held in the armed robbery of a bank, police say. Bay Coast Bank in Fall River was robbed Wednesday when, police say, the 14-year-old walked into Bay Coast Bank and gave a teller a note demanding cash or she “would... More »

Experts Say Prosecutor Can't Seek Execution in 1973 Killing

After an arrest, district attorney said he could ask for the death penalty

(Newser) - A prosecutor has announced he might seek the death penalty in the case of an 11-year-old girl sexually assaulted and slain more than four decades ago, NBC reports. But Linda O'Keefe was killed in Newport Beach in 1973, in a period when California didn't have the death penalty—... More »

'Fingerprint Implants' Helped Fugitive Stay On the Run

Spanish police say the 'sophisticated process' included cutting and burning skin

(Newser) - It turns out you can change your fingerprints, but it sounds painful. A Spanish fugitive dodged arrest for 15 years by cutting and burning the skin of his fingertips, then replacing it with micro-implants, the Guardian reports. The man, who was not named by police, was arrested Tuesday on drug... More »

SWAT Officer Channels Bing Crosby to End Standoff

He sings "White Christmas"

(Newser) - Authorities say an armed man who held off SWAT members for 10 hours surrendered after one of them sang him a Christmas carol, the AP reports. Nathaniel Lewis of Chester County, Pennsylvania, was taken into custody in East Vincent Township early on Dec. 26. The Reading Eagle reports the 34-year-old... More »

Manhunt Underway for Suspect in Cop's Slaying

Officer Ronil Singh leaves behind a wife and young son

(Newser) - Authorities launched a manhunt Wednesday after a gunman shot and killed a police officer during a traffic stop in a small California town, the AP reports. In an alert, the California Highway Patrol said the suspect, whose name was not known, is considered to be armed and dangerous. Newman Police... More »

Court: Man Put Clothes on Stand-In Corpse for Scam

Minnesota man accused of $2M fraud

(Newser) - A Minnesota man accused of faking his own death seven years ago to collect a $2 million life insurance policy arranged for a stand-in corpse to be dressed in his clothes in Moldova, according to a judge's detention order. Igor Vorotinov, 54, also planted his identification on the body... More »

Boy Was 13 When He Killed Toddler Siblings: Cops

The two deaths were separate incidents

(Newser) - A teenage boy in Indiana arrested in connection to the deaths of his two young siblings reportedly told authorities that he had to "set them free from this hell." The boy, who was taken to a juvenile detention center last month, was 13 years old when he allegedly... More »

Mom Pushed Onto Train Tracks; Daughter Risks Life to Save Her

28-year-old Katie Wenszell was seriously injured

(Newser) - The husband of a woman who was pushed in front of an oncoming train in Atlanta says his wife would be dead if his daughter had not jumped on the tracks to keep her mother from getting run over, the AP reports. Jerry Wenszell tells WSB-TV that Sue Wenszell "... More »

Honeymoon in Northern Ireland Ends With American's Arrest

South Carolina man faces attempted murder charges

(Newser) - A South Carolina man honeymooning in Northern Ireland has been charged with three counts of attempted murder following a fight outside of a bar in the village of Ballycarry, DublinLive reports. Nicholas Keith Warner, 31, an electrical engineer who lives in Summerville, allegedly used a knife to stab three men... More »

Hunt for Suspect in Doctor's Slaying Ends in Suicide

Officers confronted Joseph James Pappas

(Newser) - The suspected killer of Mark Hausknecht—former cardiologist to President George HW Bush—has taken his own life. "This is our suspect. The suspect's deceased," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said during a Friday press conference, NBC reports. Police say Joseph James Pappas shot himself in the... More »

Father of Parkland Survivors Killed in Armed Robbery

Ayub Ali was shot Tuesday, months after his son and daughter survived the attack at their school

(Newser) - Months after two siblings survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida , gun violence has again rocked their family and, this time, they weren't as lucky. Per NBC Miami , Ayub Ali was killed in an armed robbery of his North Ft. Lauderdale convenience store. The Broward County Sheriff's Office... More »

Sandwich Killer? Man May Have Poisoned Up to 21 Co-Workers

German man allegedly caught sprinkling toxic substance onto a co-worker’s lunch

(Newser) - Police have arrested a man suspected of killing as many as 21 engineering workers over two decades at a valve manufacturing company in western Germany, reports CNN . The 56-year-old metal-fittings worker, identified only as Klaus O, was caught on surveillance video sprinkling a powdery substance onto a co-worker’s sandwich... More »

She Predicted He Would Kill Her. Then She Fell to Her Death

Stephen Nichols pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - Rhonda Casto's last words to family members before embarking on a scenic hike with boyfriend Stephen Nichols: "He is either going to give me a ring or throw me off a cliff, ha ha ha." A few hours later she was dead. This week, Nichols was sentenced... More »

Kansas: Missing 5-Year-Old Found Dead Under Bridge

His stepmother has been arrested for obstruction and interfering with police

(Newser) - Police believe that they have found the body of missing 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez, of Wichita, Kan. Lucas’s stepmother, Emily Glass, has been arrested for obstruction and one count of interfering with a law enforcement officer, reports People . According to the Wichita Eagle , the badly decomposed body was under a... More »

'Murder Capital of America' Now as Deadly as Wyoming

NYC sees killings hit record low, perhaps in part due to community policing

(Newser) - Even after two terrorist attacks and a driver's deadly rampage through Times Square , New York City is on track to smash its modern-era low for homicides in a year. Through Dec. 17, the city of 8.5 million people, once America's murder capital, had recorded 278 killings. That... More »

10 Most Violent Cities in US

Detroit tops the list

(Newser) - There were 1.2 million violent crimes committed in the US in 2016, the FBI reported Monday. It was a 4.1% increase from 2015 and the second year in a row crime rates have risen. On average, there were 386 violent crimes for every 100,000 US residents. But... More »

Low-Level Crime Pays Pretty Well

Criminals make double the average made legally by high school dropouts

(Newser) - Crime not only pays, it pays relatively well—about $900 per week. So say researchers who compared past surveys of nonviolent, low-level criminals to come up with the best guess on their illegal earnings. Such a figure isn't easy to reach since criminals aren't keen to report illegal... More »

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