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Why the grisly murder of Patrice Leary stood out in 1970 New York City when crime was king

Patrice Leary arrived wide-eyed and ambitious in New York in the summer of 1970, a 22-year-old Iowa girl by way of Smith College. Like so many newcomers here, Leary carried big dreams. She grew up in Des Moines, where …

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Woman pleads guilty in exorcism murders of 2 kids

A Montgomery County woman has been found guilty, but not criminally responsible, for her role in the gruesome murders of two toddlers in January 2014 in what she believed was an exorcism. Two other children were choked …

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Andrew Brannan Executed For Killing Of Sheriff’s Deputy In Georgia

A man who fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy who stopped him for speeding on a Georgia interstate was put to death Tuesday for the 1998 killing, which was captured on the patrol car’s video camera. Andrew …

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Fourth teen victim of Utah teacher comes forward alleging sexual assaults

A former Davis High School teacher is facing more felony charges after prosecutors accuse the 35-year-old woman of having sex with a teenage boy after she was arrested and charged for allegedly having sex with several …

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California lawyer dad arrested for allowing ‘Playboy’ booze bash for teens

The party’s theme was “Liv’s Playboy Mansion.” San Diego County sheriff’s deputies say 150 to 200 teens were there. Many were drinking alcohol and some of the girls were dressed in lingerie …

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Famed lawyer Sandy Rubenstein won’t face rape charges stemming from claims after Rev. Al Sharpton’s birthday party

Manhattan prosecutors have decided not to pursue rape charges against famed lawyer Sanford Rubenstein. After an exhaustive investigation that included interviews of 48 people including Rubenstein and the accuser, …

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Cops allegedly rape teenager at police station in Badaun

A 14-year-old girl was allegedly abducted and gang-raped by two constables inside a police station at Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, prompting the authorities to terminate the services of the absconding accused and suspend …

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Sheriff, Not Police, To Investigate Tamir Rice Shooting

The investigation of a Cleveland police officer’s deadly shooting of a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun is being handed over to a county sheriff’s office in an attempt to make sure it’s …

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Suspects in Holly Bobo murder case ask judge to drop charges over lack of evidence

Attorneys for two men charged with kidnapping and murdering Holly Bobo are asking for those charges to be dismissed, citing lack of evidence. WTVF-TV reports the motion by the attorneys for Zach Adams and Jason Autry …

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Harvard’s Failed Sexual Assault Response Triggers Policy Changes

Harvard University has agreed to make changes to its sexual assault policies and review some cases after an investigation found its law school had handled victim complaints poorly, the U.S. Department of Education said …

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