Tag: Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

6 More Houston Police Officers Charged After Fatal 2019 Raid

Six more Houston police officers were indicted on Monday — including one on a murder charge — in connection with a botched raid in 2019 that claimed the lives of a local couple, prosecutors said. Five of those officers were charged with first- and second-degree felonies stemming from what prosecutors said was a scheme by […]

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5 Killed in Indianpolis Shooting That Mayor Condemns as ‘Mass Murder’

Five people were found shot to death in a home in Indianapolis on Sunday morning, a crime that the city’s mayor denounced as an evil act of “mass murder” that amplified a recent spate of gun violence there. One of the victims was a pregnant woman, according to the authorities, who said that efforts to […]

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Is Kevin Cooper an Innocent Man?

Yet Cooper remains in prison. That’s partly because the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office continues to resist an investigation into whether he is innocent, just as it previously resisted comprehensive DNA testing. The D.A.’s office notes, for example, that Cooper’s blood was found on that tan T-shirt apparently worn by the murderer. That’s true: […]

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Master Tenant Pleads Guilty in Ghost Ship Fire That Killed 36

The master tenant of a warehouse that had been converted into a ramshackle artists’ collective in Oakland, Calif., pleaded guilty to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter on Friday, four years after a fire tore through the building, killing 36 people, court records show. The master tenant, Derick Almena, entered the pleas in Alameda County Superior […]

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A Killer Preyed on Older Women. Police Say He Was Their Neighbor.

“I’m happy that they got somebody, but I’m hoping that they can go through the whole process and, you know, make sure he’s guilty, make sure it’s the right person, and make sure if it is the right person that he pays for what he has done,” he said. Steven Caballero, another son of Ms. […]

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Lizzie Borden’s Notoriety Is This Home’s Selling Point

The morning after Andrew Borden and his wife, Abby, were hacked to death in their home on Second Street in Fall River, Mass., in August 1892, 1,500 people gathered in front of the house, drawn by news of a grisly crime in their quiet town. The case would become more enthralling: Andrew Borden’s 32-year-old daughter, […]

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A Teenager Went 3 Floors Down to Play Video Games. He Never Came Home.

It was a routine school night for Kahlik Grier, a 16-year-old student in the Bronx. After a day of online classes, he had Chinese takeout with his mother. Then he made his way to a friend’s apartment three stories below to play video games. Shortly before midnight on Jan. 11, Kahlik was climbing back up […]

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The Homicide Spike Is Real

In 2016 — the year before New York City posted a modern-era record-low 292 homicides — the citywide poverty rate was 19.5 percent, almost a full point higher than it was in 1989, the year before the city posted a record-high 2,262 homicides. And in 2016, Black New Yorkers experienced poverty at a lower rate […]

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Dante Barksdale Crusaded Against Gun Violence in Baltimore. Then He Was Shot and Killed.

A leader of a city campaign to quell gun violence in Baltimore who was widely recognized for canvassing streets prone to gang wars with words of reconciliation was shot and killed on Sunday, the authorities said. Dante Barksdale, an outreach coordinator for the city’s Safe Streets program, was found at about 11:17 a.m. with a […]

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Phil Spector, Music Producer Known for the ‘Wall of Sound,’ Dies at 81

After “There’s No Other (Like My Baby)” and “Uptown” reached the Top 20, Mr. Spector was keen to have the Crystals record the Gene Pitney composition “He’s a Rebel” immediately. To speed things along, he enlisted the Blossoms, a well-known Los Angeles back-up group, and recorded them under the Crystals name, with Darlene Wright (whose […]

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U.S. Executes Dustin Higgs for Role in 3 1996 Murders

But Mr. Higgs was sentenced to death, a punishment that his lawyers argued was “arbitrary and inequitable” compared with that of the man who shot the gun. His defense team pointed to a declaration that Mr. Haynes signed years after the crime in which he claimed that Mr. Higgs did not threaten him nor make […]

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U.S. Executes Corey Johnson for 7 Murders in 1992

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration executed Corey Johnson on Thursday for a series of seven murders in 1992. He was the 12th federal inmate put to death under President Trump. Mr. Johnson committed the murders in the Richmond, Va., area to further a drug enterprise that trafficked large quantities of cocaine. Among his crimes were […]

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Queens Murder: Man Stabbed to Death, 3 Relatives Possibly Poisoned

A family patriarch was found stabbed to death in Queens on Thursday morning, and three relatives were lying nearby, unconscious and barely alive, the police said. The police arrested the 30-year-old son of the slain man and took him to a hospital for a psychological evaluation. At 6:30 a.m., the police responded to a call […]

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The Capitol Police Had One Mission. Now the Force Is in Crisis.

The responsibilities of the Capitol Police are vastly different from those of ordinary police departments. The force protects the Capitol grounds, members of Congress and staff, and it screens millions of visitors a year. Officers are expected to recognize the 535 lawmakers and to avoid offending them. The delicacy of that task was on full […]

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Italy Starts Largest Mob Trial in Decades

“This humble Calabrian family simply inherited some land located between parcels belonging to the Mancuso family,” Mr. De Pace said, referring to the Vincis. “Their son paid for his sense of justice with his life.” Last week, the police revealed that a Calabrian farmer who disappeared in 2016 and whose remains were never found, was […]

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One of Six Inmates Who Escaped From California Jail Is Recaptured

One of the six inmates who used a homemade rope to escape from a jail in California over the weekend was arrested on Tuesday, officials said. Edgar Ventura, 22 of Portland, Ore., was “apprehended without incident” a little after 3 p.m. in Firebaugh, about 30 miles south of the Merced County Downtown Jail, from which […]

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3 Police Officers Killed by Carjacker on Highway in Puerto Rico, Officials Say

Three police officers were killed in Puerto Rico on Monday when a carjacker opened fire at them and ran over one of the officers in the middle of a busy expressway, the authorities said. The carjacker remained at large on Monday night after leading the police on a chase outside San Juan that left a […]

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First Woman to Face Federal Execution Since 1953 Seeks Reprieve

WASHINGTON — In December 2004, Lisa M. Montgomery murdered a pregnant woman in Skidmore, Mo., and abducted the unborn child to claim as her own. The only woman on federal death row, she is scheduled for execution on Tuesday, and her defense team does not contest her guilt. But her high-profile case — she would be […]

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Memphis Police Officer Is Charged With Kidnapping and Murder

A Memphis police officer was fired and accused of kidnapping and killing a man while on duty, the authorities said on Sunday. The killing took place last week, and the officer, Patric Ferguson, was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and fabricating and tampering with evidence, […]

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6 Park Rangers Ambushed and Killed in Congo Gorilla Reserve

NAIROBI, Kenya — At least six rangers have been ambushed and killed in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, park officials said, part of a wave of violence that has plagued Africa’s oldest park and continues to endanger the home of around a third of the world’s mountain gorillas. Officials attributed […]

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6 Park Rangers Killed in Congo Gorilla Reserve Ambush

NAIROBI, Kenya — At least six rangers have been ambushed and killed in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, park officials said, part of a wave of violence that has plagued Africa’s oldest park and continues to endanger the home of around a third of the world’s mountain gorillas. Officials attributed […]

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At Least 4 Dead in Shooting Spree in Chicago and Evanston

A deadly shooting spree on Saturday that started in Chicago and ended in a shootout in nearby Evanston left at least four people dead, including the person thought to be the gunman, and at least four others critically wounded. The suspect was killed in a shootout with Evanston police officers after a rampage that targeted […]

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Gunmen Storm Wake in Mexico, Killing at Least Nine

MEXICO CITY — At least nine people were killed in central Mexico as gunmen opened fire at a wake late Thursday, the local authorities reported, with images on social media showing bloody bodies strewn near a coffin and people who had collapsed on the street. The shooting took place outside a private home in the […]

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I’m Haunted by Daniel Pearl’s Murder

I was still in Pakistan when a Black British man on an airplane tried to light a bomb that was hidden in his shoe, setting off another wave of panic. Mr. Mubashir got a tip that the would-be shoe bomber had been a follower of a reclusive spiritual leader in Lahore named Sheik Gilani. We […]

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Suspect in Attempted Murder of Police Officer Escapes From Holding Cell

The police in Portland, Ore., are still searching for a suspect in an attempted murder who escaped from a precinct station house on Saturday after a cleaning crew left the door to the holding cell he was in unlocked, the authorities said on Wednesday. The suspect, David Dahlen, 24, of Portland, had been arrested that […]

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What We Know About the Shooting of Jacob Blake

[Read more on Rusten Sheskey not being charged in Jacob Blake shooting.] Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was left partly paralyzed after a white police officer shot him seven times in the back outside an apartment complex in Kenosha, Wis., on Aug. 23. The shooting, which happened in front of three of Mr. Blake’s […]

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Pastor Killed in Texas Church Shooting, Officials Say

A shooting at a church in Smith County, Texas, on Sunday left one person dead and three others, including the gunman, injured, the authorities said. The shooting occurred at Starrville Methodist Church in Smith County, about 100 miles east of Dallas. The church’s pastor was killed in the shooting, Sgt. Larry Christian of the Smith […]

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Italy Mourns an Immigrant’s Life Cut Short

ROME — She was an immigrant who became known as a successful business owner in a remote valley in northern Italy. But most Italians had probably never heard of Agitu Ideo Gudeta until last week, when the Ethiopian-born cheesemaker was found bludgeoned to death in her home. Her killing made her front-page news in Italian […]

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Armed Attackers Kidnap and Kill 11 Miners in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Armed men abducted and killed at least 11 coal miners in southwestern Pakistan early Sunday, officials said. All the victims were ethnic Hazaras, a minority Shiite group that has often been the target of Sunni extremists. Four more miners were wounded and undergoing medical treatment, officials said. Officials said the events took […]

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Targeted Killings Are Terrorizing Afghans. And No One Is Claiming Them.

KABUL, Afghanistan — A military prosecutor who thought upholding the law was the highest honor, a doctor who inspired her family to study medicine, a journalist who wanted to hold those in power to account and a human-rights activist who sought to combat poverty in her home province: all murdered within weeks by unknown attackers […]

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Gunfire and Crashing Cars: In Struggling Neighborhoods, ‘We’re Losing Our Grip’

CLEVELAND — When evening arrives, Darryl Brazil sits on his porch and watches the world fall apart. His neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland has held on through years of hard times. It was rough around the edges in parts, but his block was quiet, or at least it used to be. Now, wild […]

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