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He's Found Many Bodies. His No. 1 Case Is His Dead Girl

The 'Guardian' looks at the murder that has defined Tim Miller's life

(Newser) - Tim Miller—or, rather, the search-and-recovery organization he created—has found 238 bodies. His daughter's wasn't one of those. Miller founded Texas EquuSearch in 2000, some 16 years after his 16-year-old was murdered. On Sept. 10, 1984, Laura Miller headed to a gas station to use the payphone... More »

She Predicted He Would Kill Her. Then She Fell to Her Death

Stephen Nichols pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - Rhonda Casto's last words to family members before embarking on a scenic hike with boyfriend Stephen Nichols: "He is either going to give me a ring or throw me off a cliff, ha ha ha." A few hours later she was dead. This week, Nichols was sentenced... More »

Teens Call It Death by Russian Roulette. Cops Call It Murder

17-year-old Matthew Minkler is now dead

(Newser) - Police in Nevada say two teenage suspects are claiming their friend died in a game of "modified Russian roulette." Relatives of 17-year-old Matthew Minkler say the teens weren't playing Russian roulette—and they were only pretending to be his friends. Minkler's body was found Friday in... More »

Ex 'Very Happy' Man Accused in Ariz. Rampage Is Dead

Connie Jones says 'personal terrorist' Dwight Jones stalked, threatened her for nearly a decade

(Newser) - An Arizona woman says she was on "high alert" for nine years against her own "personal terrorist"—and she's relieved he's now dead. Those were the words of Dr. Connie Jones on Tuesday, when the AP notes she addressed for the first time the six... More »

Years After Her Bones Washed Up, a Picture of Her Final Night

A family searches for answers in the death of Jaimee Mendez

(Newser) - After learning his 25-year-old daughter had gone missing from her apartment in Swampscott, Mass., Steven Mendez raced from his home in Maine to the office park where Jaimee Mendez's jacket had been found. She had been missing two days, having last been heard from in an ominous phone call... More »

Teen Murdered After ICE Sends Him Back to Mexico

Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco was 'really happy in Iowa,' mother says

(Newser) - An Iowa teenager was murdered in Mexico after being returned to his birth country by the US government, CNN reports. Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco, 19, had DACA status, a family, and worked as a mechanic while attending high school. "He was really happy in Iowa," his mother says.... More »

The Flashlight Helped Convict Him. Maybe It Shouldn't Have

Part II of the investigation into Mickey Bryan's 1985 death

(Newser) - We'll start with the spoiler: The second and final part of Pamela Colloff's deep investigation for ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine into the 1985 murder of Clifton, Texas, schoolteacher Mickey Bryan doesn't wrap up in a neat little bow. Her husband, Joe, remains in prison,... More »

Hatchet Suspect Sought Suture Kit After Attack

He visited urgent-care facility, drug store before Tuesday arrest

(Newser) - Before he was arrested Tuesday, but less than two hours after he's alleged to have killed his former boss with a hatchet in Tennessee, Domenic Micheli visited an urgent-care facility, where he tried to buy a suture kit. The 36-year-old suspect—who police say was limping from a left... More »

A Teacher Was Murdered. Then Her Brother Found a Flashlight

Part I of a ProPublica/NYT Magazine investigation into Mickey Bryan's 1985 murder

(Newser) - Mickey Bryan's 1985 murder rocked the small town of Clifton, Texas. She was a beloved elementary school teacher married to the equally beloved principal of the town's high school. And their love for each other was well known: The two were seen nearly nightly, "strolling hand in... More »

Cops: Man Went on Killing Spree 8 Years After Divorce

Dwight Lamon Jones killed 6 before suicide, police say

(Newser) - A suspect who killed himself as police closed in Monday is now believed to have killed six people in the Phoenix area, police say—and at least four of them were linked to his bitter 2010 divorce. Police believe 56-year-old Dwight Lamon Jones, who shot himself at a Scottsdale motel... More »

Suspect in 4 Phoenix Homicides Over 3 Days Is Dead

Man is suspected of killing forensic psychiatrist who assisted in JonBenet case

(Newser) - A man suspected in four Phoenix-area slayings that happened over three days fatally shot himself Monday as police swarmed the hotel where he was staying, authorities said. The man, who was not identified, was suspected in the deaths of a forensic psychiatrist, two paralegals, and a counselor. The raid came... More »

Cops: Woman Admits to Killing Husband for Beating Cat

Dallas woman faces murder charge

(Newser) - If cats could talk, one of them might be called as a witness in a Dallas murder trial. Mary Harrison, 47, was arrested early Saturday for allegedly shooting husband Dexter Harrison, 49, to death during an argument, the Dallas Morning News reports. She told detectives that she shot her husband... More »

Murder of JonBenet Expert Tied to 2 More Killings

2 Phoenix-area paralegals were shot a day after forensic psychiatrist Dr. Steven Pitt

(Newser) - The murder of a forensic psychologist who weighed in on the JonBenet Ramsey and Columbine cases is related to at least two other Arizona killings, reports the New York Times . Dr. Steven Pitt was gunned down Thursday outside his Phoenix office, and police are now saying that the murder of... More »

JonBenet Ramsey Case Expert Shot Outside Office

Police don't yet know if the killing of Dr. Steven Pitt was connected to his work

(Newser) - A forensic psychiatrist who assisted in the investigations into the 1996 death of JonBenet Ramsey in Colorado and a string of killings in Phoenix more than a decade ago was fatally shot outside his Arizona office, reports the AP . Witnesses heard a loud argument and gunfire Thursday outside Dr. Steven... More »

Cops: Teen, Young Wife Hired Hitman to Kill Jeweler Dad

Only child Nicolas Shaughnessy expected to receive millions, say police

(Newser) - His father was gunned down in a home invasion in March; in April, Nicolas Shaughnessy was named to take over the family business, Gallerie Jewelers in Austin, Texas. Authorities now have other plans for the 19-year-old, per the New York Daily News . Arrested Tuesday on charges of criminal solicitation to... More »

Cops Thought He Killed His Parents. He Was Dead All Along

Affidavit reveals brutal details of triple murder in Connecticut

(Newser) - For more than four months, 21-year-old Matthew Lindquist was considered a suspect in the murders of his parents, found inside their burned-out home in Griswold, Conn., on Dec. 20. All the time, he was lying dead 1,500 feet away, a third victim of what police describe as a fake... More »

She Went 'Missing' in 2004. Now She's a Crime Suspect

Kimberly Lee Kessler seen ditching actual missing woman's SUV: cops

(Newser) - A Florida woman who vanished before she could attend a Mother's Day birthday celebration with her three children is now believed dead, with a woman long missing from Pennsylvania eyed as her suspected killer. Last seen May 12 leaving a Fernandina Beach salon where she worked as a hairstylist,... More »

After Ramming Car Into Eatery, 'He Kept Saying This Was Crazy'

Roger Self was 'numb,' had been battling mental illness, say family members

(Newser) - Family and friends say that the 62-year-old man who rammed his car into a North Carolina restaurant and killed members of his family had been battling worsening anxiety and depression. In fact, Roger Self had asked his family to take away his guns, reports the New York Times . "I... More »

Suspected Serial Killer Demands Apology From Cops

Arthur Ream claims he never killed anybody

(Newser) - Arthur Ream, a convicted murderer and rapist with a sickening history of crimes involving young girls, wants police to apologize for besmirching his name. In a bizarre interview with the Detroit Free Press , the Michigan inmate, who is serving life for the 1986 murder of 13-year-old Cindy Zarzycki, denies murdering... More »

Owner Finds Body in Trunk of Own Towed Car

The car owner discovered the body when she picked up her vehicle

(Newser) - A Michigan car owner discovered a human body in the trunk of a vehicle after picking it up from a tow lot, the Battle Creek Enquirer reports. The Toyota Camry was towed over the weekend after a homeowner reported it was left on private property during the night, cops said.... More »

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