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Alissa Scheller

Where Laws Intended To Protect Women Are Used Against Them | Alissa Scheller | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

Rennie Gibbs, a Mississippi woman, was 16 when she gave birth to a stillborn child in 2006. Although the baby was born with the umbilical cord wrapped...

David Lohr

Pennsylvania Mom's Brutal Murder An Enduring Mystery | David Lohr | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

When David Hibbs exited the school bus on April 19, 1991, he was anxious to find his mom. It was a sunny Friday afternoon in Bristol Township, Pa. -- ...

Prosecution's Case Is Weak in Oscar Pistorius Trial

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 05.21.2014 | Crime
Amy Dardashtian

The Pistorius case presents no evidence of planning. To the contrary, if there is testimony that a heated argument preceded the murder, then that is more supportive of negligent homicide than premeditated murder.

David Lohr

Hailey Dunn's Mother Says Waiting On Daughter's Remains Is 'Pure Hell' | David Lohr | Posted 03.14.2014 | Crime

It has been a year since authorities in Texas located the remains of Hailey Dunn and they have yet to make an arrest or to release the teen's remains ...

Car Plows Through Crowd at SXSW

Art Tavana | Posted 05.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Art Tavana

23 are injured, two reported dead, and five in critical condition following a hit and run on Red River Street near The Mohawk bar in Austin, Texas, during the South By Southwest film and music festival.

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

David Lohr

15-Year-Old Girl Charged As Adult In Fatal Stabbing Of 14-Year-Old Boy | David Lohr | Posted 02.20.2014 | Crime

A 15-year-old Pennsylvania girl was charged Thursday as an adult in the death of a 14-year-old boy. Amber Hellesten faces charges of murder, aggrav...

Woman Gets Life Term For Killing Friend, Cutting Baby From Womb

AP | Posted 02.21.2014 | Crime

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A woman convicted of killing her pregnant friend and cutting the baby from her womb was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison ...

David Lohr

Mystery Quilt May Help Solve 25-Year-Old Murder Case | David Lohr | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

California authorities are hopeful a handmade quilt found covering the body of Cathy Zimmer, a mother of two who was murdered 25 years ago, will final...

Murder-Suicide Leaves 4 Family Members Dead

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2014 | Crime

Feb 6 (Reuters) - A 68-year-old man killed his wife, daughter and 15-year-old granddaughter in a triple murder-suicide in a rural swath of northwest...

Murder Rate for Black Americans Is Four Times the National Average

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Here are a couple of facts that every American should be ashamed of: Black Americans are four times more likely to be murdered than the national average. What's more, four out of five black homicide victims are killed with guns.

Brazil's Undeclared War on Young Black Men

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | World
Gary Barker, Ph.D.

Brazil is a vast, varied and amazing country of tremendous potential that is increasingly assuming a role on the international stage. But its potential will only be fully achieved when it ends the subtle and overt racism and the social exclusion behind the war on its young black men.

New York Man Admits To Partially Decapitating And Stuffing Friend In Closet

David Lohr | Posted 01.29.2014 | Crime

A New York man has admitted he killed a 35-year-old friend and neighbor during an argument, attempted to chop up his body with an axe and hid it in hi...

Arizona Stockbroker Faces Sentencing In Ex-wife's Slaying

AP | Posted 01.24.2014 | Crime

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A Prescott stockbroker convicted of killing his ex-wife could spend the rest of his life in prison. Prosecutors say Steven D...

Authorities Suspect Murder-Suicide In Fort Hood Deaths

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Army investigators suspect murder-suicide in the deaths of the husband and two children whose bodies were found in a home at...

David Lohr

Man Allegedly Confessed To Girlfriend's Slaying In Suicide Note, | David Lohr | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Hawaii have claimed that Brittany-Jane Royal's boyfriend confessed to her murder in the pages of a notebook found in a lava field by hi...

The Sad Irony of Homicide Solvability

Dr. Michael J. Jenkins | Posted 03.12.2014 | Crime
Dr. Michael J. Jenkins

If witnesses are unwilling to talk to police, then no increase in the number of investigators will close these cases. The police responsibility, then, is to earn the respect and cooperation of citizens in the neighborhoods where these homicides occur.

Cold Weather and Homicides in Chicago

Tio Hardiman | Posted 03.12.2014 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Some people believe that the cold weather can actually play a role in halting homicides and shootings in Chicago because most people are indoors. However, this is far from the truth. If we do not change the thinking of violent individuals then you can expect more homicides no matter the weather.

Police: Murder Suspect Accidentally Shot Himself

David Lohr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Washington State say they have arrested a murder suspect who accidentally shot himself when he mistakenly thought he was getting pulled...

Remains Found In Oklahoma Positively Identified As Missing Teen

David Lohr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

Skeletal remains found in a rural Oklahoma field have been positively identified as those of JaRay Wilson, a Weatherford teen who has not been seen si...

How to End Brazil's Homicide Epidemic

Robert Muggah | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Muggah

Homicidal violence is a barometer of the wider health of a society and the commitment of governments to guaranteeing its safety and well-being. By almost every measure, Brazil is a sickly patient and its public authorities are errant doctors.

Coroner: Priest Beaten To Death With Stake, Pipe

AP | JEFF BARNARD | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A beloved priest who was killed in the Northern California city of Eureka was beaten to death with a wooden stake and a met...

The Power Is in Your Hands

Beth Morrison | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Beth Morrison

The power of human touch is profound. Many studies have documented the immeasurable emotional and physical benefits that come from touch.

Police Say Man Admits Shooting Estranged Wife Inside Florida Applebee's

David Lohr | Posted 12.31.2013 | Crime

An apparent domestic dispute inside a Florida Applebee's turned deadly Sunday night, leaving a woman dead after her estranged husband allegedly shot h...

Eight Graphs Showing American Exceptionalism

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 02.26.2014 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

I prefer looking at this subject from a data point of view, asking where America is "exceptional" compared to other wealthy countries where I am using the definition of "exceptional" to mean "unusual." This definition does not make a distinction about better or worse.