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Pamela Smart, Jailed in Infamous Murder Case, Asks for 'Hope'
Pamela Smart's
Quest for 'Hope' Falters

Pamela Smart's Quest for 'Hope' Falters

New Hampshire's highest court dismisses her petition

(Newser) - New Hampshire's highest court on Wednesday turned away the latest attempt to get a sentence reduction for Pamela Smart, who's serving life in prison for plotting with her teenage lover to have her husband killed in 1990. Having exhausted her judicial appeal options, Smart asked a state council...

Cops: 73-Year-Old Had Partner Killed to Get Life-Long Payday

Nelson Chia apparently took his own life after his Thursday arrest

(Newser) - A 33-year-old California man is charged with murdering Lili Xu, a 60-year-old dentist, in August. But as the Mercury News reports, suspect Hasheem Bason has been left holding the bag for a crime that police say was conceived of by another man: Nelson Chia, 73. He was Xu's partner...

Girl, 12, Shot Father, Self as Part of Murder Pact With Friend: Cops
Girl Who Shot Dad, Self
in Murder Pact Is Dead

Girl Who Shot Dad, Self in Murder Pact Is Dead

Texas girl died of self-inflicted injuries, police say; her father is out of hospital

(Newser) - Update: The Texas girl who shot her father and then herself as part of a murder pact with a friend is dead. The unidentified 12-year-old died Sept. 22—two days after she was found with a gunshot wound to the head outside her Weatherford home, with a handgun beneath her,...

Iranian Charged in Plot to Kill Bolton

Killing was to be revenge for the death of a Revolutionary Guard commander, officials say

(Newser) - The US has charged a member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard with plotting to assassinate former national security adviser John Bolton. Shahram Poursafi, 45, offered late last year to pay $300,000 for the killing, the Daily Beast reports. The Justice Department said in a statement Wednesday that the...

Pamela Smart Seeks Freedom 31 Years After Husband's Death
Pamela Smart's Latest
Bid for Release Rejected

Pamela Smart's Latest Bid for Release Rejected

NH council voted 5-0 against granting her a commutation hearing

(Newser) - Update: New Hampshire's Executive Council has unanimously rejected Pamela Smart's request for a commutation hearing, 32 years after she recruited her 15-year-old lover to kill husband Gregg Smart, the AP reports. Smart, 54, is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Associate Attorney General Jeff Strelzin...

4 Charged in $750K Murder-for-Hire Plot

Police say Texas' Erik Charles Maund paid to have Tenn. couple killed to avoid exposing affair

(Newser) - A Texas auto dealer hired former US Marines and a purported former member of the Israeli Defense Forces to kill a Nashville, Tenn., couple found shot to death last year, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday. It describes an elaborate murder-for-hire plot that began after 46-year-old Erik Charles Maund...

3 Teens to Be Charged as Adults in Classmate's Brutal Slaying

Florida's Dwight 'DJ' Grant was beaten, stabbed over 31 minutes

(Newser) - Three teenagers in Florida will be charged as adults in the murder of a classmate, who was ambushed at his apartment building. Dwight "DJ" Grant, an 18-year-old senior at Miramar High School, was found dead in bushes outside the building in Miramar on Oct. 19. A little more than...

Woman Orchestrated Husband's Killing in 'Depraved' Plot: Feds

Jennifer Faith allegedly posed as husband to convince boyfriend to kill him

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors say a Texas woman impersonated her husband as part of a "depraved and calculated" scheme to convince a former lover to murder the man. Jennifer Faith, 49, has been charged with murder-for-hire in the Oct. 9, 2020 killing of Jamie Faith outside their Dallas home, WFAA reports....

In Secret Recording, One GOP Candidate Threatened Another

Fla.'s William Braddock warned of possible 'hit squad' for Anna Paulina Luna, per Politico

(Newser) - Days after a Republican congressional candidate in Florida accused a rival of plotting to kill her , the tape is out. "I really don't want to have to end anybody's life for the good of the people of the United States of America ... but if it needs to...

Man Allegedly Hires Hitman to Kill Ex After Breakup

Beverly Hills 24-year-old charged with murder-for-hire

(Newser) - A Beverly Hills man is accused of trying to have a woman killed after she ended their romantic relationship. Scott Quinn Berkett, 24, met the woman through a Facebook fan page about an anime show, and she flew to Los Angeles to meet him in October of last year. After...

Feds: Self-Proclaimed 'Good Dude' Tried to Off His Ex

Derrick Jackson accused of hiring a hit man who was actually an undercover ATF agent

(Newser) - Derrick Jackson recently got out of prison after serving a lengthy sentence for murder and a weapons charge, but his freedom may be short-lived: The Detroit 45-year-old is now being accused of trying to commission a hit on his ex-girlfriend, not realizing that the supposed hit man was actually an...

Animal Rights Lawyer Accused of Plotting to Kill Au Pair

Authorities say Jennifer Emmi tried to hire ranch hand to kill husband's new girlfriend

(Newser) - A prominent animal rights attorney in Colorado charged in a "murder-for-hire" plot claims she was "set up" by a ranch hand turned police informant. Jennifer Emmi, founder of Colorado's Animal Law Center, is accused of trying to hire ranch hand Timothy Lindsey to "get rid of"...

On Morning of Family Trip, Cops Tell Wife of Hubby's Alleged Murder Plot

Dallas Michaels was allegedly planning to murder wife Theresa for insurance money

(Newser) - Theresa Michaels was about to set out on a road trip from Arizona to California with her husband and three kids when, that June morning, six police detectives showed up at her front door. "They informed me that my husband was plotting to kill me. He was planning it...

Mayor Has Had Threats Before. 'This One Seemed Different'

Retired firefighter arrested after alleged plot to kidnap, murder Brandon Whipple of Wichita, Kan.

(Newser) - First Michigan's governor , then Virginia's , and now, the mayor of Kansas' largest city. The link between the three politicians: They've all been alleged targets of kidnapping and murder plots, apparently prompted by their respective lockdown orders and other health protocols during the pandemic. In the case of...

Man Shot 9 Times in Alleged Murder-for-Hire Plot: She's 'Crazy'

Baron Li's ex-wife, 2 alleged accomplices charged in Washington state

(Newser) - Baron Li was shot nine times at point-blank range in the parking lot of his apartment complex on July 10. He spent a week in the hospital, followed by a month in a wheelchair. And still, his ex-wife kept plotting his death, according to prosecutors in King County, Wash., who'...

She Allegedly Told Cop to Kill Hubby: 'Burn This Letter Xoxo'

Florida sheriff calls Jesse Lopez a 'nut'

(Newser) - A Florida woman jailed for performing medical procedures without a license wasn't subtle about the fact that she wanted a witness in the case—her husband—dead, according to authorities. "In the Polk County vernacular, this lady's a nut," Sheriff Grady Judd said Wednesday in announcing...

Teen Allegedly Paid to Have Parents Killed Using Their Cash

Alyssa Hatcher's parents weren't harmed

(Newser) - A Florida couple is pressing charges against the person who allegedly wanted them dead: their 17-year-old daughter. CNN reports Alyssa Michelle Hatcher is facing two counts of criminal solicitation for murder; she was charged as a juvenile. Per an arrest affidavit, the Florida teen allegedly siphoned money from her parents'...

Cops: Teen Bound, Killed Friend on Promise of $9M

5 charged after Cynthia Hoffman's June 2 murder

(Newser) - A slew of child pornography charges is just the latest twist in an Alaskan murder case in which a developmentally disabled woman was bound and killed, allegedly by her best friend. Police say Indiana's Darin Schilmiller, 21, posed online as a millionaire, offering 18-year-old Denali Brehmer at least $9...

Man Talks About Anguish of Foiling Girlfriend's Alleged Plot

NYPD cop Valerie Cincinelli accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill ex and boyfriend's daughter

(Newser) - It sounds like a bad reality TV movie: A woman is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill not only her estranged husband but the teen daughter of her current boyfriend. Complete with a twist: The woman is a cop. "My heart is destroyed," the boyfriend...

NYPD Cop Accused of Hatching Incredible Scheme

Officer Valerie Cincinelli faces up to 10 years in prison

(Newser) - A New York cop is accused of trying to kill two people—her ex-husband and her boyfriend's daughter—in a story that reeks of bitterness and resentment, the New York Post reports. According to court papers, Officer Valerie Cincinelli told her boyfriend to hire a hitman for both jobs,...

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