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Prosecutors: LI Serial Killer Suspect Penned a Murder Guide

How-to manual reportedly includes lessons learned, reminders to check for cameras

(Newser) - When authorities charged alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann with his fifth and sixth murders earlier this month, they referred to a document that had helped the architect avoid detection. It was, in fact, a "blueprint for murder" that may now become "damning evidence against him,"...

In St. Louis, a Long Stretch of Unsolved Murders
In St. Louis, a Long Stretch
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In St. Louis, a Long Stretch of Unsolved Murders

Marshall Project examines the problem

(Newser) - St. Louis has long been known for having one of the highest murder rates in the nation. An investigation by the Marshall Project reveals a troubling tangent to that: A surprising number of the city's killings over the last decade remain unsolved. The city had approximately 1,900 homicides...

Pamela Smart: Yes, I'm Responsible for the Murder
34 Years Later, Pamela Smart
Accepts Blame for Murder
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34 Years Later, Pamela Smart Accepts Blame for Murder

She is serving a life term in husband's slaying, hopes NH governor will commute her sentence

(Newser) - For three decades while serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, Pamela Smart maintained she had nothing to do with her husband's 1990 murder. That story has finally changed. In a video released Tuesday, Smart says she's learned to take responsibility for the killing through a...

Philadelphia Journalist Shot Dead at Home
Man Sentenced for
Murder of Philly Journalist
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Man Sentenced for Murder of Philly Journalist

20-year-old Robert Davis gets 15 to 30 years for murder of Josh Kruger

(Newser) - A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison for the murder of Philadelphia freelance journalist Josh Kruger. Robert Davis was arrested three weeks after Kruger, 39, was shot seven times in his home in October last year, the New York Times reports. He pleaded guilty...

1 of 2 Kidnapped Girls Found Dead After Mother Killed

'These are unspeakable crimes,' Louisiana sheriff says

(Newser) - A Louisiana woman was found dead in her home Thursday, and her two young daughters were abducted and found hours later in Mississippi—one dead and the other alive, police said. A Louisiana resident who had dated the woman was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, in connection with the deaths and...

Friends of Murdered Actor March for Justice

They held a rally demanding justice for Johnny Wactor

(Newser) - Friends of Johnny Wactor, the General Hospital actor fatally shot last month when he stumbled upon thieves trying to steal his car's catalytic converter, staged a march and rally Wednesday demanding justice in his murder. They rallied in downtown Los Angeles, near the spot where Wactor was killed after...

Woman Found Dead Had Left Letter Naming a Suspect

Husband pleads guilty in murder of Chi Thi Lien Le

(Newser) - "If suddenly nobody can find me, or find me dead," a Houston woman wrote in a typed letter found by investigators, "please check my husband." Chi Thi Lien Le later was found dead, in a freezer in her home. Her husband, 62, pleaded guilty to murder...

In Surprise Reversal, Charges Dropped Against Trooper

Ryan Londregan fatally shot a Black motorist during a traffic stop in Minnesota

(Newser) - A surprise about-face by the top prosecutor in Minneapolis means that a white state trooper is in the clear after the fatal shooting of a Black motorist in a high-profile case from last year. Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty announced Sunday that she was dropping murder charges against Minnesota State...

A Texas Dad Still Wants to Know: Who Killed His Boy?

Marshall Stewart has been searching for his son's killers since 1988

(Newser) - "For thirty-five f—ing years, my brain's been turning over all these questions," says Sean Stewart. Questions like why the bodies of his 16-year-old brother, Shane, and Sally McNelly, 18, were left in the brush along a rough dirt path leading to a reservoir outside San Angelo...

5 Years Later, a Conviction in Infamous 'Gone Mom' Case
Judge Decides Sentence
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Judge Decides Sentence in 'Gone Mom' Case

Michelle Troconis was convicted of conspiracy to murder boyfriend's estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos

(Newser) - Michelle Troconis, who was convicted of helping her boyfriend plot and cover up the murder of his estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos, was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison on Friday. Judge Kevin Randolph imposed a 20-year prison sentence, to be suspended after 14½ years, plus five years' probation,...

Small Town's Ex-Mayor Charged With 3 Murders

Former law officer Jay Ostrem charged with first-degree murder in Centerville, SD killings

(Newser) - Three people were shot to death in a small South Dakota town, and a former law officer who once served as the town's mayor is charged in the killings. Jay Ostrem, 64, was jailed on $1 million cash-only bond on three counts of first-degree murder, South Dakota Attorney General...

Daughter of Missouri Lawmaker Killed in Haiti

Ben Baker's daughter Natalie Lloyd and husband Davy ambushed by gangs in Port-au-Prince

(Newser) - The UN estimates 2,500 people have been hurt or killed during the first quarter of this year amid the ongoing gang violence in Haiti, and now, a Missouri state lawmaker has received tragic news of his own out of the island nation, per KOAM . "My heart is broken...

Judges: Nurse Convicted of Killing 7 Babies Can't Appeal

With a retrial scheduled, British press can't describe details of Lucy Letby hearing

(Newser) - Former nurse Lucy Letby, one of very few women in British history to be sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole, has been denied permission to appeal her convictions. After a 10-month trial, the 34-year-old was found guilty last year of murdering seven babies and trying to...

Their Final Resting Spot: a Cow Pasture

More details are trickling in on the murders of Kansas women Veronica Butler, Jilian Kelley

(Newser) - Two Kansas women who disappeared after traveling to Oklahoma in March were found dead inside a chest freezer buried in a cow pasture, court documents reveal. The location in Oklahoma's Texas County was just 10 miles from where Veronica Butler, 27, and Jilian Kelley, 39, disappeared March 30 while...

Kouri Richins Speaks From Jail: 'This Means War'

Accused of killing husband, she calls herself an 'innocent mom'

(Newser) - The Utah mom who wrote a children's book about dealing with the grief of losing loved ones, only to then be arrested for allegedly killing her husband by spiking his drink with fentanyl, has issued her first set of public comments on the case. Kouri Richins recorded her thoughts...

Man Who Sought Revenge at Wrong Home Pleads Guilty

Kevin Bui was accused of setting fire that killed 5 Senegalese family members in Colorado

(Newser) - A Colorado man pleaded guilty Friday to a house fire that killed five members of a Senegalese family in 2020 in a case of misplaced revenge caused by mistakenly tracking his stolen iPhone to the home. Kevin Bui pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. A plea deal reached...

Teen Pleads Guilty in Death of Driver Hit in Head by Rock

2 teens have pleaded guilty, 3rd will go on trial in Alexa Bartell's death

(Newser) - A second teen pleaded guilty on Wednesday in the death of a 20-year-old driver who was hit in the head by a rock that crashed through her windshield in suburban Denver last year, the AP reports. Under a plea deal with prosecutors, Nicholas Karol-Chik, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder...

Harmony Montgomery's Father Sentenced to 56 Years

5-year-old's body was never found

(Newser) - A New Hampshire man convicted of killing his 5-year-old daughter and moving her corpse around for months before disposing of it was sentenced Thursday to a minimum of 56 years in prison on murder and other charges as relatives of the child called him a monster. That sentence will be...

Laken Riley Murder Suspect Indicted on 10 Charges

Jose Ibarra was allegedly a 'peeping Tom' on another student earlier

(Newser) - The man accused of killing nursing student Laken Riley on the University of Georgia campus in February was spotted peering through the window of a UGA student shortly before the murder. That's according to an indictment filed Tuesday against Jose Antonio Ibarra, a 26-year-old citizen of Venezuela who entered...

Alleged Serial Killer: I Killed 4, but Don't Blame Me

Canada's Jeremy Skibicki claims he is not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder

(Newser) - An accused Canadian serial killer has admitted to killing four Indigenous women but claims he is not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder. Jeremy Skibicki, 37, had pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Rebecca Contois, 39-year-old Morgan Harris, 26-year-old Marcedes Myran,...

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