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Murdered 'Boy in the Box' ID'd 65 Years Later

Philadelphia cops hope for 'avalanche of tips' in cold case murder of Joseph Augustus Zarelli

(Newser) - For 65 years, Philadelphia police have worked to identify a boy found dead—beaten and malnourished—inside a cardboard box left in a wooded area in the northeastern part of the city on Feb. 25, 1957. Thanking the many people who've worked on the investigation over the decades, Philadelphia...

'Catfishing' Cop Made Odd House Purchase

Austin Lee Edwards blacked out its windows

(Newser) - The Virginia law enforcement officer who allegedly abducted a teenage girl after killing her mother and grandparents in California had threatened to kill people before. A years-old police report obtained by the Los Angeles Times describes a Feb. 7, 2016, incident in which Austin Lee Edwards refused medical treatment for...

Police: Teenager Charged After Showing Homicide Victim Online

16-year-old suspect texted for help disposing of girl's body, court documents say

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania teenager has been charged with homicide after police say he revealed in an Instagram video chat that he'd killed someone and showed the victim's legs covered in blood. A woman who said her daughter had received the video call reported it to Bensalem Township police on...

Cops: 4 People 'Executed' at Oklahoma Marijuana Farm

All 4 were Chinese citizens, authorities say

(Newser) - Four people killed at an Oklahoma marijuana farm over the weekend were "executed," state police said Tuesday. Investigators also said the dead were Chinese citizens. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said three men and one woman were slain on the 10-acre farm west of Hennessey, about 55...

Idaho Cops: Surviving Roommates May Be 'Key' in College Murders

Xana Kernodle had 'bruises' from fighting back, dad says; loved ones of other victims also speak

(Newser) - "It doesn't make sense." Those are the words of Jeffrey Kernodle, father of Xana Kernodle, one of the four University of Idaho students slain last weekend in their off-campus home in the small town of Moscow, which hasn't seen a murder since 2015, per CBS 5...

Court Hears Case of Woman Stabbed 20 Times in 'Suicide'

Ellen Greenberg's parents may soon take their case to trial

(Newser) - After more than a decade fighting the Philadelphia medical examiner's office on their daughter's cause of death, lawyers for Ellen Greenberg's parents made their case in front of a Pennsylvania appeals court Tuesday. "We are cautiously optimistic that the panel will find the estate of Ellen...

Ex-Model Takes Plea in Killing of Psychiatrist, 71

Prosecutors say victim Thomas Burchard cut off money he had been giving to Kelsey Turner

(Newser) - A former model has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the fatal beating of a 71-year-old psychiatrist, reports USA Today . Kelsey Turner, 29, took what's known as an Alford plea in the 2019 slaying of Thomas Burchard, meaning she maintained her innocence while pleading guilty to the murder charge....

Couple Killed Pregnant Woman to Seize Her Child: Police

Investigators find remains of Ashley Bush, 33, and fetus in Missouri

(Newser) - A Missouri couple has been charged after, authorities say, they lured a pregnant woman with a job ad in a plot to take her child. A McDonald County prosecutor said Ashley Bush, 33, who was 31 weeks pregnant, appeared to have been shot Monday, NBC News reports. Investigators said the...

5 Years Later, an Arrest in Murder of 2 Girls

Libby German and Abigail Williams were killed while hiking in Indiana

(Newser) - Police in Indiana have made an arrest in the high-profile slaying of two girls out for a hike in Indiana five years ago. Richard Allen, 50, faces two counts of murder in the deaths of Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, reports FOX59 . Before the girls were killed near...

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...

ND Man Admits Running Down 'Republican' Teen: Cops

Shannon Brandt, 41, charged with vehicular homicide in death of Cayler Ellingson

(Newser) - North Dakota's attorney general is calling on political leaders to stop violent rhetoric after authorities say a man admitted to using his SUV to fatally strike a teen with whom he had a "political argument." Shannon Brandt, 41, called 911 early Sunday, saying he'd hit a...

Cops: Burned Body, Cryptic Text, No Evidence of Abduction

Police are investigating the mysterious murder of Deborrah Collier in Georgia

(Newser) - Police are trying to solve a murder mystery in Georgia, where the naked, partially burned body of a woman was found in the woods on the side of a road. What seems to be the last known communication from Deborrah Collier, 59, was in a message sent to her daughter...

Cops Find Man Shot Dead, Then Get Call About His Toddler

Police are investigating what they say was double homicide of dad, 2-year-old son in Houston

(Newser) - Houston police were searching Tuesday for a man they say is responsible for a double homicide of a 2-year-old boy and his father. Executive Assistant Police Chief Larry Satterwhite says officers were called to a shooting outside a strip mall southwest of downtown around 1:45pm, where they found a...

Report: New Orleans Is Now America's Murder Capital

'We’re in a crisis of crime and a crisis of confidence in this city'

(Newser) - Violent crime in Chicago makes a lot of headlines, but the murder rate in New Orleans was higher even before a massive surge in violent crime over the last two years. The city now has the highest homicide rate of any major American city, with around 41 homicides per 100,...

More Clues Emerge in Deaths of 3 Kids on Coney Island

Mother of children found on beach Monday is hospitalized, hasn't been charged

(Newser) - Three young kids who were found early Monday along the shoreline of Brooklyn's Coney Island all died drowning deaths, and they've been ruled homicides, a spokesperson from New York City's Office of Chief Medical Examiner said on Tuesday. Police say no one has yet been arrested or...

Mother of Kids Found Dead in Suitcases Likely in South Korea

Authorities have not identified woman

(Newser) - Update: Authorities believe a South Korean woman may be the mother of the two children whose bodies were found in two suitcases recently purchased at a New Zealand auction. The unidentified woman is in her 40s, was born in South Korea, and moved to New Zealand where she became a...

Autopsy Reveals Man in Crashed Truck Was Shot

Texas man was found dead after car hit his pickup on I-30

(Newser) - A Texas man was found dead in his black Dodge Ram after it was hit by a Cadillac on Interstate 30 Sunday night. But authorities say it wasn't the crash that killed him. Forth Worth resident Olman Rodriguez, 38, was initially thought to have died in the accident, but...

After Murder of 4 Muslims, Albuquerque Cops Make an Ask

Police ask public for help in finding 'vehicle of interest'

(Newser) - Cops in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are asking the public to keep a lookout for a car they think may be tied to the murder of four Muslim men in the city over the past nine months. Per CBS News , police asked anyone in the area who's seen a dark...

Arrest Made After 4 Found Dead in 2 Burning Homes

Quadruple homicide has stunned small Nebraska town of Laurel

(Newser) - Police in Nebraska say an arrest has been made in the deaths of four people who were found dead in two burning homes in a small town. After receiving a 911 call around 3am Thursday about an explosion and fire in Laurel, a town of around 1,000 people in...

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