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Woman Claims Dad Was Prolific Serial Killer: I Helped Bury the Bodies
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Woman: My Dad Was Serial Killer; I Helped Bury the Bodies

Cadaver dogs have registered hits on former Iowa property of the late Donald Studey

(Newser) - Lucy Studey isn't the first person to claim their father was a serial killer. (See here , here , and here .) But she's one of the few who says she's knows where the evidence lies. How? She says she helped him bury the bodies. Iowa authorities are now...

State Senator's Killer Didn't Delete All Footage of Crime

Rebecca O'Donnell serving 50 years for murder of Linda Collins-Smith in Arkansas

(Newser) - When Butch Smith found his mother's body under a tarp in her driveway in June 2019, one of his first thoughts—beyond the shock and horror of the whole thing—was that his father must have killed her. Former two-term Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith was in the midst...

Researchers' Killer Later Died in Murder-Suicide: Prosecutors

Investigators had hoped Alexa would provide answers in Kansas City case

(Newser) - Update: Prosecutors in Kansas City said Thursday that the killer of two South American medical researchers has died in a murder-suicide. In a statement, officials said Kevin Ray Moore, 42, killed the two and then set their apartment on fire. Moore was found dead in a car near Worlds of...

Mom Said Dead Boy in Suitcase Was Life-Ruining 'Demon': Cops

Murder warrant issued for Dejuane Ludie Anderson, mother of Cairo, who may be in LA

(Newser) - Indiana state police say they've identified the young boy whose body was found wrapped in a trash bag, stuffed in a suitcase , and abandoned in the southern part of the state, and are now searching for his mother, who is wanted for murder. Police have arrested one person in...

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Life Sentence in Murder of Google Employee

Angel Colon-Ortiz killed Vanessa Marcotte in 2016 in Massachusetts

(Newser) - Update: The killer of Google employee Vanessa Marcotte has received a life sentence in Massachusetts and won't be eligible for parole for 45 years, reports CNN . Angel Colon-Ortiz, 36, killed 27-year-old Marcotte in 2016 when she was out for a walk in Princeton while visiting her mother. Prosecutors say...

DA: FedEx Worker Killed Driving Instructor After Failing Evaluation

Philadelphia man 'decided to retaliate in the worst way possible'

(Newser) - A Philadelphia man who was denied a promotion at FedEx "decided to retaliate in the worst way possible," prosecutors say. Keith Lamont Blount, 59, is accused of murdering a FedEx driving instructor who made the decision not to promote him to driver, Fox reports. Prosecutors say Blount ambushed...

Convicted Cop Killer: Prosecutors Messed With Jury

Mumia Abu-Jamal's retrial request goes before judge in Philadelphia

(Newser) - A judge on Wednesday will review a retrial request from a prominent former member of the Black Panthers, imprisoned since 1982 for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. The request is based on fresh evidence Mumia Abu-Jamal says backs his long-held assertion that he was framed. His conviction...

Missing 5-Year-Old's Father Charged With Murder

Harmony Montgomery, 5, was not reported missing until 2 years after she disappeared

(Newser) - The father of Harmony Montgomery, a New Hampshire girl who disappeared in 2019 at age 5 but was not reported missing until late last year, has been arrested on a charge of second-degree murder, authorities said at a news conference Monday, per the AP . The murder charge against Adam Montgomery...

The Hit That Killed Mobster Was Ordered by His Own Son

Anthony Zottola was found guilty, as was the man who actually fired the shots

(Newser) - Update: The son of a mobster was on Wednesday convicted of ordering the hit that killed his own father. Anthony Zottola, the 44-year-old son of Bonanno crime family associate Sylvester Zottola, was found guilty of conspiracy, murder-for-hire, the murder of his father, and the attempted murder of his older brother,...

'I Was a Monster,' Says Brittanee Drexel's Killer

Raymond Moody sentenced to life in prison for 2009 murder of 17-year-old

(Newser) - The man arrested in May in the 2009 disappearance of 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday, calling himself a "monster." Raymond Moody, 62, was sentenced to life in prison for murder, kidnapping, and first-degree sexual misconduct. Prosecutors said the registered sex offender had confessed to...

Cops: Missing Teen Found With Mom's Body in Trunk

Texas 17-year-old arrested in Nebraska is expected to face murder charge

(Newser) - A teenager reported missing in Texas on Thursday was arrested after a police chase in Nebraska on Friday—and authorities have now confirmed that a body found in the vehicle's trunk was that of his mother. Michelle Roenz, 49, and Tyler Roenz, 17, were reported missing from a neighborhood...

Mom Walked in on Nurse Allegedly Trying to Kill Baby

Court hears horrific details in Lucy Letby trial

(Newser) - The British nurse on trial for allegedly murdering seven infants , including two out of a set of triplets, and attempting to murder 10 others sent the parents of one baby she allegedly killed a sympathy card after the 2-month-old girl's death, prosecutors said. Lucy Letby tried to murder the...

Cops: Suspect in 5 Murders Hadn't Slept in Days

Victims were shot at South Carolina home, sheriff says

(Newser) - A South Carolina man arrested after a police chase in Georgia Monday admitted killing five men and told officers he hadn't slept in four days, police say. James Douglas Drayton, 24, allegedly stole a car, drove more than 100 miles to Georgia and robbed a convenience store after the...

Another Suspect Nabbed in Case of Murdered Calif. Family

Alberto Salgado, brother of suspect Jesus Salgado, charged with conspiracy, destroying evidence

(Newser) - Update: The brother of a man accused of abducting and murdering a family of four in California has himself been arrested. In a statement , the Merced County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that 41-year-old Alberto Salgado, brother of murder suspect Jesus Manuel Salgado, had been arrested the previous night and...

Suspected Serial Killer Has His Second Conviction

Mary Brooks, 87, was followed home after shopping

(Newser) - A man charged with killing 22 women in the Dallas area over a two-year span was found guilty Friday in one of their deaths—his second murder conviction. With the verdict, Billy Chemirmir, 49, automatically received a second sentence of life without parole, the AP reports, this time for the...

'I Think I Am Going to Have to Kill This Girl'

Cops say that's what Daniel Chacon's uncle claims his nephew told him day before mom of 4 was slain

(Newser) - Two days after a mother of four's body was found in her SUV in Texas, and after an extensive manhunt, her ex-boyfriend has been nabbed in Mexico. Officers from the Pasadena Police Department confirmed Thursday that Daniel Chacon, 30, the primary "person of interest" in the murder of...

Family 'Destroyed' After Tragedy During College Parents Weekend

Dad Paul Kutz, 53, was gunned down in hotel near NY's Marist College while visiting son

(Newser) - A Long Island dad of three visiting one of his sons at Marist for the college's Family Weekend was killed by a stray bullet at the hotel where he was staying. People reports that 53-year-old accountant Paul Kutz of East Northport, NY, was gunned down early Sunday morning in...

Purdue Student Allegedly Murdered by Roommate

Police say suspect called 911

(Newser) - One Purdue University student is dead and another is in police custody following an apparent homicide early Wednesday in a dorm on the West Lafayette, Ind., campus, per the Indianapolis Star. University police are investigating, but few details have emerged. In a statement, Purdue President Mitch Daniels said, "This...

Husband Kills Wife as She Files Restraining Order

Gregory Hightower, a Navy recruiter in Texas, was subsequently killed in a shootout

(Newser) - A Texas woman was in the midst of filing a domestic violence complaint against her husband when he fatally shot her as she held their baby, authorities say. Takara Hightower, 34, was being interviewed by two agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in the Humble home she shared with...

Prosecutors: Crocodiles Fed on Murdered Botanists

Rod and Rachel Saunders were killed in 2018

(Newser) - Well-respected British botanists who were searching for rare Gladioli flower seeds in South Africa met a gruesome fate, having been killed and dumped in crocodile-infested waters, a South African court heard on Tuesday. Rod and Rachel Saunders, ages 74 and 63, respectively, filmed a segment for BBC Gardeners' World in...

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