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After Discarding Napkin, Man Arrested for 1993 Murder

Police believe DNA has solved another cold case

(Newser) - Police in Minnesota say a napkin discarded at a hockey game helped link a man to a brutal murder committed more than 25 years earlier. Investigators say 52-year-old Jerry Westrom was identified as a suspect after a close match to DNA found at the 1993 crime scene was discovered on... More »

New Testing Triggers Arrest in Horrific Cold Case

Registered nurse Steven Downs, 44, is accused of killing Sophie Sergie

(Newser) - New DNA testing has led to an arrest in the horrifying 1993 rape and murder of a young Alaska woman, Fox News reports. Alaska State Troopers announced the arrest Friday of Steven Downs, 44, a registered nurse now living in Maine, in the case of Sophie Sergie, who was only... More »

She Said Son Vanished at Swap Meet. Cops Call It a 'Diversion'

Amy Fleming accused of killing 3-year-old son in Las Vegas in 1986

(Newser) - More than three decades after police fruitlessly searched a Las Vegas swap meet for a missing 3-year-old, his mother has been charged with murder. Amy Fleming, 60, was arrested in Florida on Jan. 29 and is being extradited to Nevada to face a charge that she killed her son before... More »

Tip From Dying Witness Leads to Arrest in 1973 Cold Case

Tennessee man accused of 'Dixie Mafia' murder

(Newser) - A tip from a dying witness led authorities to charge a suspect in a cold-case slaying that has mystified investigators for 46 years, a Tennessee prosecutor says. A Monroe County grand jury indicted Max Benson Calhoun this month for first-degree murder in the 1973 fatal shooting of John Constant Jr.... More »

Public Urged to Keep Providing Tips in Killing of 2 Girls

Indiana murders not a cold case, police say

(Newser) - Indiana authorities urged the public Wednesday to keep passing on tips in the slayings of two teenage girls killed during a hike , saying on the 2-year anniversary of the crime that the next tip could help solve the case. Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, vanished on Feb. 13,... More »

ICE: Suspect in Suitcase Murder in US Illegally

Valerie Reyes' ex overstayed his visa, authorities say

(Newser) - The ex-boyfriend accused of killing Valerie Reyes and stuffing her body in a suitcase was in the US illegally, authorities say. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Wednesday, per Greenwich Time , "Javier Enrique Da Silva Rojas, a citizen of Portugal, entered the US May 8, 2017,... More »

Victim's Ex Arrested in Suitcase Killing

Valerie Reyes' ex-boyfriend is in custody

(Newser) - Valerie Reyes broke up with Javier de Silva just days before she went missing in late January . Days after that, the New York 24-year-old's body was found in a suitcase in Connecticut —and now de Silva has been arrested in connection with the homicide, reports the New York ... More »

Cops: Woman Killed Husband to Marry Man Serving Life

She allegedly poisoned him with antifreeze

(Newser) - A Missouri prison nurse who had an affair with a lifer may now face a life sentence of her own. Amy Murray, 40, has been charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 11 death of husband Joshua Murray, Fox reports. His body was found after a fire at the couple'... More »

'Armed and Dangerous' Ex-Lawyer Is on the Run

US marshals are seeking Richard Merritt, 44

(Newser) - A former Georgia attorney is on the run after allegedly cutting off his ankle monitor, murdering his mother, and fleeing in her Lexus—all while facing 30 years behind bars for other crimes, Fox News reports. Richard Merritt, 44, was about to surrender to authorities Feb. 1 and serve his... More »

Woman Found in Suitcase: 'Someone' Will Kill Me

Valerie Reyes was terrified only days before her death

(Newser) - A woman found murdered in a suitcase Tuesday told her mother only days before that she feared for her life, the New York Times reports. Valerie Reyes, 24, turned deeply anxious in a Jan. 28 phone call: "She was very scared, very frightened," her mother Norma Sanchez tells... More »

For Years, They Blamed Gators. Now She's Going to Jail for Life

Denise Williams sentenced in murder of her husband nearly 20 years ago

(Newser) - A Florida woman was jailed for life this week for killing her husband, who for years was thought to have been eaten by alligators, reports NBC News . Denise Williams was sentenced to life without parole Wednesday after a court found in December that she conspired with her then lover 18... More »

Husband Who Joked About Hiding Knives Is Fatally Stabbed

Wife charged in murder of former Memphis Grizzlies exec Michael Redlick

(Newser) - Michael Redlick, a University of Central Florida executive formerly with the Memphis Grizzles, reportedly told a friend his wife was "crazy, but as long as I hide the steak knives everything will be fine." Police now say she fatally stabbed him. The Washington Post reports officers were suspicious... More »

Texas Woman Killed While Setting Up a Garage Sale

Elizabeth Barraza was raising money for anniversary trip

(Newser) - "I had to trade our fifth anniversary for her funeral," says the grieving husband of a Texas woman fatally shot while setting up a garage sale to raise extra spending money for an anniversary trip planned for two days later. Police in the Houston suburb of Tomball say... More »

They Found a Suitcase in an Upscale Town. Inside: Horror

Police in Greenwich, Conn., trying to identify female homicide victim

(Newser) - A Connecticut town touted as one of the safest in the country is reeling Wednesday after a woman's body was found bound and stuffed in a suitcase. Police in upscale Greenwich are following numerous public tips, and encouraging others to come forward with information, after highway workers made the... More »

Cops: Man Killed In-Laws After They Grew Suspicious

They hadn't heard daughter Jamie Ivancic's voice in a while

(Newser) - Four members of the Ivancic family are dead, and the alleged timeline of their murders is now becoming clear thanks to newly released court documents. Shelby John Nealy, 25, was arrested last month in connection with the deaths of his wife, his in-laws, and his wife's brother; upon being... More »

'Sweetheart' Mom-to-Be Dies After Brutal NYC Stabbing

Police are searching for killer of 35-year-old Jennifer Irigoyen, attacked in apartment lobby

(Newser) - A 911 call early Sunday morning led police to a horrific find in a Queens apartment building lobby: a pregnant 35-year-old real estate agent who'd been stabbed in the torso and neck, per NBC News . Jennifer Irigoyen was rushed from the Ridgewood complex to a local hospital, but it... More »

MMA Fighter Recaptured After Escaping Prison Van

Cedric Marks is suspected of 2 killings

(Newser) - An MMA fighter suspected of killing at least two people, including an ex-girlfriend, was captured Sunday after escaping from a prisoner transport van in Texas, authorities say. Cedric Marks was taken into custody after a nine-hour manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies, Montgomery County sheriff's Lt. Scott Spencer said... More »

Executed Killer Named in 1979 Cold Case

Jerry McFadden was executed in Texas in 1999

(Newser) - A convicted murderer called "The Animal," who was executed by the state of Texas in 1999, has been identified via DNA as the person who killed a young woman in Portland, Oregon, nearly 40 years ago. Anna Marie Hlavka, 20, was killed in an apartment on July 24,... More »

Suspect in 3 Murders Dies Days Before Cops Could Arrest Him

Authorities continue to probe cold cases linked to Duke J. Pierson

(Newser) - The good news is that detectives in Spokane County, Wash., believe they've identified the man who murdered a woman, and possibly two others, 52 years ago. The bad news is that the 85-year-old suspect died three days before detectives obtained an arrest warrant for first-degree murder on Friday. Duke... More »

Cops: Fired Valet Brutally Killed Nurse Found in Parking Garage

Kenneth Freeman says he 'deliberately and purely murdered' Carlie Beaudin

(Newser) - The nurse practitioner found frozen under a vehicle at a Milwaukee County hospital was brutally murdered by a former valet, authorities say. Kenneth Freeman, who was fired by a parking services provider at Froedtert Hospital in October, has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 33-year-old Carlie... More »

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