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Woman Attends Own Funeral, Shocks Husband Who Ordered Her Murder

Noela Rukundo had been with her husband, Balenga Kalala, for 11 years when, last year, she flew from their home in Melbourne, Australia, to her native Burundi for her stepmother's funeral. While there, Kalala ordered gang members to have her killed. They abducted her and told her what they had...

'Affluenza' Teen Now in Adult Jail

Authorities say a Texas judge changed his mind and decided to move "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch to an adult jail. Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson confirmed during a news conference Friday that the 18-year-old Couch was moved from a juvenile detention center in Fort Worth to the adult county jail....

Doc Sentenced for Murdering 3 Patients by Drug Overdose

On Friday, Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, convicted of murdering three of her patients by drug overdose, was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison, making her the only US doctor ever convicted of murder for recklessly prescribing meds, the lead prosecutor said. Although her defense team portrayed the Southern California...

'Bonnie and Clyde's' Run Ends in Deadly Shootout

A Missouri couple accused in a string of violent crimes across four states is on the run no more, reports WBRC. Police caught up with them in Florida early Friday morning, with the resulting shootout leaving Blake Fitzgerald, 30, dead and Brittany Harper, also 30, wounded in the leg or...

What a Name: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

A sexy cop and some gullible Burger King workers play a role in the weirdest crime stories of the week: Only in Florida Do Citizens Pull Over the Cops : When Claudia Castillo spotted a police cruiser flying down a Florida highway without its emergency lights on, she decided to pursue....

5 Adults, 1 Kid Found Dead in Chicago Home

Chicago police on Thursday found the bodies of four men, one woman, and a child inside a home on the city's South Side in what police say is being investigated as an apparent multiple homicide. Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante said it appeared to be an isolated incident and...

Prank Caller Gets Burger King Workers to Trash the Place

Employees at a California Burger King responded less than ideally to a prank call Saturday night, causing $35,000 in damage to the restaurant, KSBY reports. According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, someone called the Burger King in Morro Bay pretending to be with the fire department. They told...

Woman Who Put Newborn in Closet Didn't Know She Was Pregnant

A 21-year-old Pennsylvania woman told police she had no clue she was pregnant before she gave birth at home, put her unresponsive newborn into a shoebox and stored it in an upstairs closet. Kelsey Martin, of Springettsbury Township, was charged Jan. 28 with concealing the death of a child, a...

Authorities Detail the Plot to Murder Nicole Lovell

Virginia authorities have released disturbing details of the kidnapping and killing of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell, the AP reports. Suspects David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers planned the crime, they said Thursday, deciding together that Eisenhauer would cut Lovell's throat at a remote location they pre-selected, and going to separate Walmart stores...

'Bonnie and Clyde' Stay One Step Ahead of Cops

A Missouri couple is robbing its way across the American South with the FBI and US Marshals hot on its heels, AL.com reports. "I guess they see themselves as some kind of modern-day Bonnie and Clyde,'' one Missouri lawman says. The crime spree may have started as early...

At House Hearing, Silent Shkreli Smirks at 'Imbeciles'

A House committee looking into drug-pricing practices received the same answer Martin Shkreli gave a Senate committee last month: "On the advice of counsel, I invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and respectfully decline to answer your question." The former Turing CEO repeated the statement several times Thursday in...

'Serial' Alibi Witness Takes Stand for First Time

A woman who says she saw Serial subject Adnan Syed at a library at a time when prosecutors said he was murdering his ex-girlfriend took the stand on Wednesday—16 years after he received a life sentence for the crime. Asia McClain told the Baltimore courtroom that Syed seemed "completely...

Threat Targets Making a Murderer Sheriff's Office

Authorities say a caller who phoned in a bomb threat to a Wisconsin county sheriff's office made an apparent reference to "getting justice" for the man at the center of the Making a Murderer documentary. A statement from the Manitowoc Police Department says a male caller made the threat around...

Judge Won't Throw Out Sex Assault Case Against Cosby

A judge refused to throw out the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, sweeping aside claims that a previous district attorney had granted the comedian immunity from prosecution a decade ago, the AP reports. The case now moves to a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough...

DA Rails Against Ex-DA's 'Secret Agreement' With Cosby

The prosecutor in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby argued Wednesday that his predecessor had no legal authority to make a deal a decade ago that would shield the comedian from ever facing charges. District Attorney Kevin Steele said that the 2005 supposed no-prosecution deal—which was never put...

What It's Like to Witness an Execution

Last week, reporter St. John Barned-Smith went to cover his first execution. "You'll never be the same," one anti-death-penalty protester warned him outside Texas's Walls Unit prison, where James Garrett Freeman would be put to death for killing a Texas game warden in 2007, when he was 26. "I'd be...

Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop in Legal Hot Water Again

Pro tip: Don't change your name to Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop unless you're prepared for your every alleged misdeed to make headlines. A Washington state 34-year-old who was born Jeffrey Drew Wilschke apparently legally changed his name to just that back in 2011, and since then, he's made the news every...

Robert Durst Gets 7 Years for Gun Charges

Robert Durst, millionaire weirdo and star of HBO's true-crime documentary The Jinx, pleaded guilty to gun charges Wednesday in New Orleans, earning him 85 months in prison and clearing the way for his extradition to California by summer's end, the New York Times reports. Durst, 72, was arrested in March...

Serial Subject's New Hearing Rests on 2 Issues

Serial subject Adnan Syed will soon know whether he'll be granted a new trial in the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Syed, serving a life sentence for the crime, appeared in court Wednesday for the start of a three-day hearing to review new evidence, including documents regarding...

More US Exonerations in 2015 Than Ever Before

Netflix's Making a Murderer has not only become a binge-watching addiction—it's apparently turned the spotlight onto unjust convictions in the US. And exonerations are at an all-time high, reports Reuters : There were 149 in 2015, compared with 139 in 2014, according to a report from the National Registry of...

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