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Husband Of Mother Lost At Sea Charged With Her Murder

Newlywed Isabella Hellman vanished last year on a belated honeymoon. Authorities charged her husband, Lewis Bennett, with her murder Tuesday, according to People.

Hellman vanished on May 14 of last year, according to the Palm Beach Post. The couple had been married about three months and had a 10-month-old daughter. 

Hellman, a real estate broker, was reported missing while on a two-week trip with Bennett from St. Maarten to Key West. Bennett was eventually rescued from a life raft by the Coast Guard. When questioned, he said that he was sleeping below deck when the couple’s boat hit something about 70 miles from the Florida shore, southeast of Key West. He told authorities that when he emerged to the top of the vessel, which was a catamaran, there was no trace of Hellman. He added that she was wearing a life vest the last time that he saw her.

Her family took to the

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Man Accused Of Killing A Couple That Helped Him In Another Alleged Murder

A man already charged in the murder of a couple found buried in a shallow grave in September has just been indicted for the murder of another body found buried under a vacant home in Fort Worth, Texas.

On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Hector “Cholo” Acosta, 28, and his alleged accomplice Felipe Eduardo Ortiz, 29, on capital murder charges in connection with the body found under the home, the Star-Telegram reports. That body was Triston Ray Algiene, 34, who had been missing since July. His body was discovered in October, cut in half before being shoved under a repair patch in the vacant home’s foundation.

Just one month before Algiene’s body was found, Acosta was indicted on the capital murder charge of Erick “Diablo” Zelaya and Zelaya’s girlfriend, Iris Chirinos, who was only 17 years old.

The severed head of Zelaya was discovered on a walking trail. Near the head,

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The Transgressive Appeal of the Comedy Murder Podcast

There’s also “All Killa No Filla,” featuring a pair of British comedians who joke that they discuss serial killers in their podcast “so we don’t write to them in prison”; “True Crime Obsessed,” which serves as a kind of comedic recap of true crime documentaries; and “Moms and Murder,” which favors softer, gentler laughs. A lot of these podcasts are alcohol themed: Joining “Martinis Murder” at the bar are “Wine Crime,” “And That’s Why We Drink” and “White Wine True Crime!

A 2010 study suggests that women in particular are drawn to true crime because it provides an outlet for managing anxieties about becoming victims, and to glean survival skills on how to escape or outsmart predators. But true crime also helps create and perpetuate those fears. American men are much more likely to be murder

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Dying Teen Drags Herself To Side Of Road, Uses Last Words To Identify Murder Suspects

A 19-year-old girl was bleeding and dying, yet she managed to drag herself 100 yards to a roadside in rural Alameda County, California, to try to save her own life. 

Lizette Andrea Cuesta had suffered stab wounds and other injuries when people in a passing car saw her at 2 AM on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Richard Loadholt was one of the good samaritans who helped her. He told KCRA-TV that he tried to console her and keep her conscious.

“I hope it’ll be encouraging to their family that their daughter did have the spirit to fight,” he said.

Another woman gave a blanket to the blood-soaked teen, who was airlifted to a hospital. Before she died, she was able to tell police who killed her.

“This victim really, really tried to survive. She fought,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly, according to Los Angeles Times. “The last thing we

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Gruesome Details About Cherish Perrywinkle’s Murder Revealed In Court: ‘She Did Not Die Easily’

On Monday, State Attorney Melissa Nelson described the horrible manner in which 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle was killed in 2013. This week kicked off the trial for the Florida man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering Perrywinkle. Donald James Smith, 61, faces the death penalty if he is found guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual battery, reported The Washington Post. He has pleaded not guilty.

Nelson said that the child’s last five hours alive were torturous.

“He gagged her, raped her, he sodomized her, then he strangled her. He gagged her with such force, her gums and nostrils bled. He strangled her with such force her eyeballs bled,” Nelson said. “Cherish did not die quickly, and she did not die easily. In fact, hers was a brutal and tortured death.”

Rayne Perrywinkle, the victim’s mother, also testified in court today. At times she fought back tears while speaking about the last hours

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Teen Named Person Of Interest In Murder Of Missing 16-Year-Old Found Dead After Getting Strange Text

A teenage boy is now being investigated as a person of interest in connection with the death of Jholie Moussa, a 16-year-old girl whose body was discovered last week covered by leaves and brush in the wooded area of a Fairfax County, Virginia park.

The 17-year-old boy is not being charged with her murder, but he is facing a count of felony assault in connection to an attack that happened to Moussa before she died, The Washington Post reported. The assault was previously unreported, and police discovered it during their search for Moussa. The 17-year-old was arrested January 18 in the assault, according to the Post.

Details surrounding that attack, including when it happened, are unclear. Because he is a juvenile, his identity is not yet being released. Police did not reveal what his relationship is to Moussa. 

On Tuesday, Major Rich Perez, major crimes commander for Fairfax County police, spoke at a news

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OXYGEN MEDIA DIVES DEEP INTO THE MURDER OF GIANNI VERSACE IN THE EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL "KILLING …

OXYGEN MEDIA DIVES DEEP INTO THE MURDER OF GIANNI VERSACE IN THE EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL “KILLING VERSACE: THE HUNT FOR A SERIAL KILLER” HOSTED BY KATE SNOW PREMIERING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AT 7 PM ET/PT

NEW YORK, NY – January 29, 2018 – Oxygen Media, the new destination for high-quality crime programming, debuts “Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer” hosted by Kate Snow, NBC News Senior National Correspondent, on Sunday, February 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. The one-hour special delves deep into Andrew Cunanan’s maniacal and calculated killing spree, culminating in the shocking and untimely death of fashion icon Gianni Versace. For more information visit Oxygen.com.

“Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer” re-examines the infamous manhunt for Cunanan through new and revisited expert

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Man Walks Into Television Station And Confesses To 1993 Murder …

A man from Northern California has credited God for coming forward and admitting to taking part in a 1993 murder. During a television interview with KRCR, Brian Hawkins confessed to being one of the culprits behind the cold case stabbing death of 19-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister.

Hawkins, 44, made an emotional plea during the televised interview after walking into the Redding station to confess.

“Every minute of every day has been a nightmare. It’s kind of weird, Frank never got to have a life, but we were teenagers and now I’m 44 and still haven’t even had a life and now most likely won’t anyway,” he revealed, adding that he was consumed with remorse.

After the interview, he gave detailed statements about the killing to police.

“I’m going to turn myself in next door at the sheriff’s department for a crime I was involved in years ago. […] It was murder,” Hawkins told

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Man Walks Into Television Station And Confesses To 1993 Murder

A man from Northern California has credited God for coming forward and admitting to taking part in a 1993 murder. During a television interview with KRCR, Brian Hawkins confessed to being one of the culprits behind the cold case stabbing death of 19-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister.

Hawkins, 44, made an emotional plea during the televised interview after walking into the Redding station to confess.

“Every minute of every day has been a nightmare. It’s kind of weird, Frank never got to have a life, but we were teenagers and now I’m 44 and still haven’t even had a life and now most likely won’t anyway,” he revealed, adding that he was consumed with remorse.

After the interview, he gave detailed statements about the killing to police.

“I’m going to turn myself in next door at the sheriff’s department for a crime I was involved in years ago. […] It was murder,” Hawkins told

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/man-walks-into-television-station-and-confesses-to-1993-murder