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Slashed Wrists Made It Look Like a Suicide, but It Wasn't

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with fatally beating his wife more than 30 years ago, then slashing her wrists to make it appear she killed herself, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Carl Rodgers, 62, of Shermans Dale, was arrested Monday in the 1983 death of his wife, Debra Rodgers, who was...

Cops: Teacher Was Waiting for Student in Candlelit Room

A 22-year-old Oklahoma science teacher was arrested Wednesday, accused of having sex with a student. Police say the 16-year-old boy had explicit text messages and nude photos from the Yukon High School teacher, Hunter Day, on his phone, and his parents called police. The boy and Day had a previously-arranged...

Murder-Suicide Might Actually Be Double-Murder

For months, residents of McLean, Virginia, believed that the shooting deaths of a mother and daughter were the result of a murder-suicide. That impression has now been replaced by fears of a murderer on the loose. Though authorities initially thought 23-year-old Helen Hargan killed her mother, 63-year-old Pamela Hargan, in...

Homicide Detective Killed While Investigating Case

Police in Baltimore say they are hunting the "heartless, ruthless, soulless killer" who murdered one of their officers. Sean Suiter, a 43-year-old homicide detective and father of five, died Thursday, a day after he was shot while investigating a 2016 triple murder in a troubled part of the city, the...

Truck's Anti-Trump Sticker Causing a Tizzy in Texas

A sheriff in Texas has raised the possibility of criminal charges over a pickup truck bearing a vulgar message about President Trump and his supporters, Time reports. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls posted a photo of the truck, whose license plate isn't visible and which bears a large sticker...

An Inconclusive End to Menendez's 2.5-Month Trial

The federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial Thursday when the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on all charges against the New Jersey politician and a wealthy donor. Prosecutors can seek to retry the lawmaker. The most serious charge Menendez faced, honest services fraud,...

He Wrongfully Spent 45 Years in Prison in 'Weak at Best' Case

A 65-year-old Louisiana man arrested at 19 and sentenced to life without parole walked out of prison Wednesday, saying "God is so good" after his rape conviction was overturned. Authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Wilbert Jones decades ago, and their case against him was "weak at best," State...

Charles Manson in Hospital, Reportedly in Dire Condition

All that California corrections officials will confirm is that Charles Manson is alive—but all other details on why the 83-year-old mass murderer is now at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., are being kept under wraps, per the Los Angeles Times. It's his second reported hospital visit this year, after...

'Pay Attention to the Walk:' Cops Release Serial Killer Video

"Watch this video," police in Tampa tweeted Wednesday in their latest appeal for help finding a suspected serial killer. "Pay attention to the walk. Pay attention to the way he flips his phone." Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan says the video was taken moments before the Tuesday murder of 60-year-old...

They Started the Execution, Then Called It Off

An Ohio inmate described as "the poster child for the death penalty" turned out to be too unhealthy to execute on Wednesday. The execution of 69-year-old convicted murderer Alva Campbell was halted 30 minutes in after a medical team failed to find viable sites for a lethal injection, the Columbus...

'Dangerous Individual' Escapes to Chartered Plane

A dangerous Hawaii psychiatric patient who escaped a state hospital and flew to California before being captured Wednesday has prompted an investigation into why employees appeared to fail to do their jobs. Dr. Virginia Pressler, director of the Hawaii Department of Health, says an internal inquiry indicated that workers inadvertently...

California Shooter Was Banned From Owning Guns

The man who killed five people in a shooting rampage in California on Tuesday was banned by court order from owning firearms—and police are being criticized for failing to take action after neighbors in Rancho Tehama Reserve complained that he had been firing hundreds of rounds. At a press...

Woman Uses Drive-Thru to Burglarize McDonald's

A Maryland woman found an unusual way to burglarize a Columbia McDonald's Nov. 5. Police say she first leaned through the store's drive-thru window around 1am to fill up a soft drink, then ultimately climbed all the way into the store through the same window and took a big box...

Body of Gunman's Wife Found Hidden at Home

The California gunman who went on a rampage Tuesday started the killing in his own home. Police in Rancho Tehama found the body of Kevin Neal's wife hidden beneath the floor of the residence, reports the Los Angeles Times. She had been shot multiple times. "We believe that's probably what...

Cops: Calif. Shooting Was Almost a School Massacre

The mass shooting in California Tuesday morning could have been a far more enormous horror if not for the quick thinking of staff at an elementary school, police say. A gunman that Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston describes as on a "killing rampage" shot randomly at people and homes...

Megachurch Founder Accused of Molesting 4-Year-Old

The founder of one of Florida's biggest megachurches has been accused of molesting a young girl for years, starting when she was just four years old. In 2015, a woman contacted police to say she had discovered that Fort Lauderdale Calvary Church founder Bob Coy had sexually abused her daughter,...

After Shocking Cases Involving 11-Year-Olds, France to Set Age of Consent

Is a 13-year-old girl old enough to agree to sex with an adult? That's a question France is asking itself as the government prepares to set a legal age for sexual consent for the first time, the AP reports. Twice in recent weeks, French courts refused to prosecute grown men...

Serial Con Man's Unusual Sentencing Request Granted

In what the Sun Sentinel calls an "extremely unusual" case out of Florida, a judge has granted an inmate accused of running a multimillion-dollar fraud job out of his jail cell his sentencing request: to keep him away from nearly every person on Earth so he won't be able to...

Victim No. 4: Tampa Killer Apparently Strikes Again

After nearly a month of quiet, an apparent serial killer appears to have struck again in Tampa, Fla. Police in the Seminole Heights neighborhood say a gunman fatally shot 60-year-old Ronald Felton as he crossed a street about 5am Tuesday, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Felton was killed in the...

Jared Fogle's Attempt to Represent Himself Flops

Ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's pricey team of lawyers couldn't get him out of sex and child pornography convictions; neither, it seems, could Jared Fogle. The federal prison inmate learned on Wednesday that his effort to get those convictions overturned—via a Nov. 6 motion he filed "pro se," meaning he...

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