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Prosecutors Reveal Theory on Kim Wall's Death

Say she either had throat cut or was strangled, as they charge Peter Madsen in case

(Newser) - Inventor Peter Madsen was charged Tuesday with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall during an Aug. 10 trip on his private submarine, with prosecutors saying he either cut her throat or strangled her. Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen said the case is "very unusual and extremely disturbing." Madsen is charged with... More »

Cops: FEMA Contractor Killed Hurricane Victim

Gerjuan Jackson assessed William Reiss' damage, learned of his guns

(Newser) - He was a victim of Hurricane Irma, and then allegedly a victim of something much worse. Police say William Reiss, 68, was murdered on Jan. 3 by the FEMA contractor who compiled the damage estimate of his Polk County, Fla., home in September. The New York Daily News describes Reiss... More »

Report: 75 Women Strangled in Chicago, Most Cases Unsolved

'Chicago Tribune' tracks deaths over last 17 years

(Newser) - An investigation by the Chicago Tribune has found that at least 75 women have been strangled or smothered over the last 17 years, though arrests have been made in just a third of the cases. The newspaper reports that the women's bodies were found in vacant buildings, alleys, garbage... More »

Friend With Dirt Under Nails Arrested in Student's Death

Samuel Woodward was last person to see Blaze Bernstein alive

(Newser) - Police believe the 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student found dead in a California park knew his killer. Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20, of Newport Beach was arrested Friday in the death of college sophomore Blaze Bernstein; the AP reports the two were friends who had gone to high school together. Per... More »

A Doctor, a Motorcycle Gang, a Drug Ring, and a Murder

NJ endocrinologist James Kauffman accused of killing wife to protect his opioid empire

(Newser) - Prosecutors in New Jersey say they've cracked a five-year-old murder case, and the victim's endocrinologist widower is at the center of the tangled plot. Authorities say James Kauffman, 69, helped arrange to hire the hit man who fatally shot wife April Kauffman, a popular radio host, at their... More »

Father Who Said Daughter Killed Herself Faces Trial

Cops say his story doesn't add up

(Newser) - An Oklahoma father who claimed his daughter fatally shot herself in the face while playing with a gun is going to stand trial for her murder. At a hearing Monday, a police detective in Norman testified that father Ronald Lee McMullen Jr.'s version of events is physically impossible,... More »

NYC 'Not the Violent Nightmare We Once Read About'

Big Apple ends 2017 with fewest murders in at least 66 years

(Newser) - New York City had 290 murders last year, the fewest on record in the modern era, the AP reports. There also were fewer shootings, 789, and fewer overall crimes reported in 2017—a total of 96,517. Arrests also were down by more than 30,000 from 2016. Police say... More »

'Extremely Valuable' Cold Case Find: a Crate

New leads in 1999 disappearance follow discovery of case files

(Newser) - The disappearance of two teenage girls in Oklahoma 18 years ago is getting renewed attention—and the case is potentially making progress—thanks to the lucky discovery of an old crate. Craig County Sheriff Heath Winfrey was moving into the Sheriff’s Office in 2017 when he found a crate... More »

Son Who Escaped Quadruple Murder Shares His One Regret

16-year-old suspect described as 'friendly, funny'

(Newser) - Days after escaping a quadruple murder that left three of his family members dead, Steven Kologi Jr. took to Instagram to remember his "beautiful and smart" sister and "the greatest parents I could ask for." "I just wish I could tell all of them how much... More »

Rumor Helped Lock Her Up for Murder. Now, an Exoneration

Judge clears Kirstin Lobato of homeless man's 2001 murder

(Newser) - Kirstin Lobato will be happier than most to leave 2017 behind. Twice convicted of the brutal murder of a homeless man in Las Vegas, the 35-year-old is expected to start a new chapter when she becomes a free woman for the first time since 2001. A judge granted a request... More »

Cops: Teen Killed Parents, Sister, Friend in NYE Shooting

16-year-old arrested after shooting at NJ home

(Newser) - A 16-year-old is in custody after a horrific shooting just before midnight New Year's Eve in a Jersey Shore town. Police say the teen, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, killed his parents, Steven and Linda Kologi; 18-year-old sister Britanny Kologi; and Mary Schultz, a 70-year-old family friend who lived... More »

Motive Remains a Mystery in Quadruple Homicide

But a crowdfunding campaign is raising money for the family's lone survivor, a teenager

(Newser) - With two suspects in custody after a quadruple homicide, police in Troy, New York, say they don't expect to make any more arrests. Nor are police shedding light on a possible motive, disclosing only that one of the two men—James White, 38, and Justin Mann, 24— knew one... More »

Suspects in Family's Gruesome Murder Identified

James White and Justin Mann were arrested Saturday

(Newser) - Two men arrested early Saturday in the gruesome murder of a family in Troy, New York, have been identified as 38-year-old James White and 24-year-old Justin Mann, NBC News reports. According to the Albany Times Union , the men appeared in court Saturday on multiple counts of first and second-degree murder,... More »

2 Arrests in Grisly Quadruple Homicide in Upstate NY

Details are sparse, but police will release more info later Saturday

(Newser) - Police say two people have been arrested in the quadruple homicide that took the lives of two women and two children in their upstate New York apartment. Officials made the announcement early Saturday morning. The suspects' names, photos, and charges have not yet been released. Police say that information will... More »

Cops, Relatives Plead for Help After Horrific NY Murders

4 victims in Troy have now been identified

(Newser) - Police and family members are pleading for help finding the suspect or suspects behind a horrific quadruple murder in upstate New York. The four people found dead in a basement apartment have now been identified as Shanta Myers, 36; her 22-year-old partner Brandi Mells; and Myers' two children, 11-year-old Jeremiah... More »

Murder Witness Says She Was Thrown From Bridge, Survived

Jamie Shipp told Arkansas police she was kidnapped after seeing a double shooting

(Newser) - Just after 3am on Christmas Day, police in Little Rock, Ark., found Jamie Shipp soaking wet and freezing cold—and telling an incredible tale. The 42-year-old says she witnessed a double shooting in Lonoke County, was kidnapped by the perpetrators, and thrown off a bridge on I-430 on the 32-degree... More »

Police Chief: This Quadruple Killing Is Worst of His Career

Young boy and girl and 2 adult women were murdered in Troy, New York

(Newser) - Police aren't divulging much about a horrific quadruple homicide near Albany, New York, other than the victims appear to have been deliberately targeted. "This is not a random act," said Troy Police Chief James Tedesco, reports the Albany Times Union . Authorities have not identified the victims beyond... More »

A Necklace Someone Else Stole Was Her Undoing

After 23 years, Tyra Patterson was released on parole

(Newser) - After more than two decades behind bars, Tyra Patterson became a free woman on Christmas Day—but not because she was exonerated for a crime she has staunchly insisted she didn't commit. Rather, she was released on parole after serving 23 years of a life sentence for the 1994... More »

Cops Make 'Horrible, Terrible' Find in Upstate NY Apartment

4 deaths have been classified as homicide

(Newser) - Police in the upstate New York city of Troy say quadruple murder is suspected after a "horrible" find in a basement apartment. Troy Police Capt. Daniel DeWolf says the bodies of four people were found by a property manager around 1pm Tuesday. Police have not disclosed the identities of... More »

Pregnant Teen Shot Dead, But Baby Survives

Father says son is in critical condition

(Newser) - Police say a pregnant teenager was shot dead while asleep in a southern Arizona home early Saturday, but that doctors were able to deliver her unborn child. 19-year-old Jasmine Vega was found unconscious by officers responding to a 911 call from inside the residence, Fox News reports. Vega was transported... More »

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