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Student Set on Fire After Reporting Sex Harassment

Police negligence alleged in Bangladeshi case

(Newser) - "The teacher touched me, I will fight this crime 'til my last breath," Nusrat Jahan Rafi spoke into a cellphone as she was taken to a Bangladeshi hospital with burns covering 80% of her body. She would die four days later, and now her case has gained... More »

Suspect in 1981 Cold Case Nabbed After Asking Question

'Did you find the body?'

(Newser) - There's no body, no DNA evidence, and no confession. The Thursday arrest of the husband of a woman who vanished in Bucks County, Pa., in 1981 instead came after an odd question: "Did you find the body?" William Korzon, who had a history of assaulting his wife, asked... More »

A Years-Old Used Razor Cracks Cases From the '70s

It contained Arthur Rudy Martinez's DNA

(Newser) - Arthur Rudy Martinez was an early suspect in a pair of murders in Atascadero, Calif., in the late 1970s. It took 41 years to officially name the now-deceased man as the suspect. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office credits that confirmation to a used razor kept for years... More »

Teen Allegedly Typed Plan Before Killing Grandparents

Alexander Kraus faces 2 counts of first-degree murder

(Newser) - A 17-year-old typed out pages on how he planned to fatally shoot his grandparents and law enforcement found those notes with a book on an executioner in the teen's backpack after he called 911 and confessed to the killings, prosecutors in Wisconsin said Tuesday. Alexander Kraus was charged Tuesday... More »

Man Who Tossed Daughter Off Bridge Learns His Fate

A Florida jury sentences John Jonchuck

(Newser) - A Florida jury on Tuesday found a man guilty of first-degree murder for dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge four years ago, despite arguments from his attorneys that he was insane and thought his actions would actually save her, the AP reports. He was automatically sentenced to life in... More »

Ex-NFL Player Charged in Death of Girl 'Afraid to Go Home'

Former NFL player Cierre Wood held without bail in death of his girlfriend's daughter

(Newser) - A former NFL player and Notre Dame star is accused of murder in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter. Cierre Wood, 28, was arrested in Las Vegas on Wednesday on suspicion of child abuse, along with the girl's mother, Amy Taylor, 25, who has since posted $5,... More »

Kids Stand by Dad Convicted of Killing Their Millionaire Mom

Roderick Covlin's daughter calls him 'one of the most caring and loving people I know'

(Newser) - In killing his millionaire wife for her fortune, Roderick Covlin used a chokehold so tight he broke a bone in her neck. He then left the body in the bathtub of the couple's Upper West Side, Manhattan, home for his 9-year-old daughter to find. Later, he'd pose as... More »

'Worst Outcome' in Mom's Disappearance

Fishermen found severed foot in pond

(Newser) - Police in Indiana say the search for missing mother Najah Ferrell has had the "worst outcome." A severed foot two fishermen found in a pond in northwest Indiana Monday is believed to be that of the 30-year-old, who was last seen March 15, NBC Chicago reports. Police say... More »

A Girl Allegedly Died an ISIS Slave. Now, a Woman on Trial

Jennifer W. faces murder and war crimes charges against member of Yazidi minority

(Newser) - A German court on Tuesday saw the start of a major case: what is being called one of the most prominent ones against a female ISIS member, and what the AFP reports may be the first ever in which an ISIS member is accused of war crimes against the Yazidi... More »

They Were to Kill His Ex-Wife. Someone Else Opened the Door

Kevin Lewis charged in 2017 killing of former sister-in-law

(Newser) - A Washington state man allegedly hired two teenagers to kill his ex-wife after his assault of her landed him in prison. The teens instead killed the woman's 24-year-old newlywed sister, who was babysitting, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. Charges were laid Monday against 31-year-old Kevin Lewis;... More »

Man, 80, Arrested for 1973 Double Murder

Police say he killed 2 young women in Virginia

(Newser) - A suspect is in custody almost 46 years after a double murder that horrified Virginia Beach. Lynn Seethaler and Janice Pietropola, two 19-year-old women from Pittsburgh, were found murdered in their room at a seaside motel in June 1973. Pietropola had been raped, strangled, and shot in the head three... More »

He Was Handing Out Cash to Strangers, Got Fatally Shot

Good Samaritan got into verbal altercation that quickly turned physical

(Newser) - Craig Brewer was paying for strangers' meals and handing out $20 bills at a Gainesville, Florida, Waffle House when the 41-year-old good Samaritan was shot to death. The incident took place just after 3am Sunday, per the Alachua County Sheriff . Deputies had already been called to the scene before the... More »

Murder Trial Opening for 'Kai the Hitchhiker'

Caleb McGillivray claims he only defended himself in sexual assault

(Newser) - "Kai the hitchhiker" will soon learn if his hitchhiking days are over. Opening statements begin Tuesday in the long-awaited trial of the Canadian Internet star turned murder suspect, accused of fatally beating a 73-year-old lawyer who offered up his home in Clark, NJ, reports News 12 . Prosecutors say Joseph... More »

Man Makes Odd Request of Co-Workers, Now Faces Murder Charges

John Ralph allegedly said he might need an alibi

(Newser) - John Ralph asked his co-workers to take pictures of him at work because, according to police, "if anything happened to his mother he would need an alibi." Something had happened to his mother: Ralph, 51, allegedly murdered her that same day. A caretaker discovered the body of Edith... More »

He Told Police, 'Daddy Hurt Her.' Decades Later, He Found Her Body

Bonnie Haim murder trial begins this week in Florida

(Newser) - When Aaron Fraser was 3, his mother disappeared, and the little boy told police he had seen his father shoot and kill her, News4Jax reports. He was removed from his father's Florida home, and eventually adopted by another couple, after his father became the main suspect in his mother'... More »

Questions Swirl After Chiropractor Arrested for Murder

Chad Isaak being held on suspicion of 4 counts of felony murder

(Newser) - An arrest has been made in a case that has shaken a small North Dakota town: On Monday, four bodies were found at RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan, that of 52-year-old co-owner Robert Fakler and three employees, two of whom were married. On Thursday night, Mandan Police Chief Jason... More »

Nipsey Hussle's Longtime Love: 'I'm Completely Lost'

Lauren London refers to rapper as 'my protector, my soul'

(Newser) - Days after the murder of longtime boyfriend Nipsey Hussle, Lauren London is "completely lost." "I've lost my best friend, my sanctuary, my protector, my soul," the actress and model posted to Instagram on Wednesday in her first comment since the rapper's death Sunday , per... More »

Nipsey Hussle's Accused Killer Arrested

Police say Eric Holder is in custody

(Newser) - The man accused of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle has been arrested. "Eric Holder, the suspected killer of Nipsey Hussle, has been arrested and is in police custody. Thank you to ... our community for the heightened awareness/vigilance," the LAPD said on Twitter Tuesday. Earlier in the day, CNN reports,... More »

Cops: 4 Murdered at N. Dakota Business

Police haven't identified 3 men, 1 woman

(Newser) - Four people were found dead Monday in what police called a "multiple homicide" at a North Dakota property-management business. The bodies of three men and a woman were discovered inside RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan, a city of about 22,000 just across the Missouri River west of... More »

Video May Show Student's Fatal Uber Mistake

Samantha Josephson got into wrong car, was later found murdered

(Newser) - It happens so matter-of-factly. Surveillance video appears to show University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson mistakenly getting into a car she thought was her Uber, reports USA Today . It wasn't an Uber car, however, and the 21-year-old was later found murdered. Police say her killer was the man... More »

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