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Past articles by Crystal:

Baltimore man gets 41 years for killing, dismembering daughter after lifetime of abuse

As a younger man, Lawrence Banks spent 15 years in prison for throwing his then-7-month-old daughter through a glass door during an argument with her mother. On Monday, he was again sent to prison for killing and dismembering that same daughter more than four decades later. → Read More

Man convicted of brutal 1993 rape, murder of woman in University of Alaska dorm shower room

Sophie Sergie decided to bunk in a friend's dorm room during an April 1993 trip to Fairbanks for an orthodontic appointment. The 20-year-old's brutalized body was found two days later in one of the dorm's shower rooms. She had been tased, raped, stabbed and shot. → Read More

Colorado mom who faked years of daughter’s ‘terminal’ illnesses pleads guilty in girl’s death

Kelly Renee Turner, 43, is expected to be sentenced to 16 years in prison next month. Turner, who was initially charged with murder, pleaded guilty to child abuse in the 2017 death of 7-year-old Olivia Gant. → Read More

Harmony Montgomery: Arrest made in connection with New Hampshire girl missing since 2019

Adam Montgomery, age 31, of Manchester, was arrested Tuesday and charged with the felony assault of his daughter, Harmony Montgomery, who was last seen alive in October 2019. The girl, now 7, was reported missing last week. → Read More

North Carolina trooper hits, kills trooper brother, detained driver while responding to traffic stop

Trooper James Horton was responding to a Rutherford County traffic stop just before 9 p.m. Monday, in which his brother, Trooper John Horton, had pulled over a driver. → Read More

85-year-old woman to be paroled in 1973 death of young stepson, killing of husband 2 decades later

When a hired hitman voiced concern about killing Sylvia White's husband in 1992, the soon-to-be widow had a chilling response. “It’s not that hard to do. I had a stepchild. I put a bag over it until it stopped breathing. It was better off,” she said. → Read More

Jennifer Dulos: Police conduct new search near park in case of missing Connecticut mother

State police spent hours searching a mulch dump near New Canaan's Waveny Park, where Jennifer Farber Dulos’ SUV was found following her May 24, 2019, disappearance. Her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, was charged with killing Jennifer Dulos but died by suicide in January 2020. → Read More

Tennessee woman charged after newborn’s remains found in storage unit rented for 27 years

Melissa Sims McCann, 62, of Tullahoma, has been charged in connection with remains found Nov. 13 in a storage unit she rented in March 1994. Authorities allege McCann, then in her mid-30s, gave birth days before renting the unit. → Read More

Frankie Little Jr.: John Doe found in trash bag in 1982 identified as one-time O’Jays guitarist

Police in Ohio have identified partial human remains found nearly 40 years ago as belonging to one-time O’Jays guitarist Frank “Frankie” Little Jr. Workers at a Twinsburg machine shop stumbled upon the musician's skull in February 1982. → Read More

Arizona cop fired after shooting wheelchair-bound shoplifter 9 times in back, authorities say

Former Tucson police Officer Ryan Remington, a four-year veteran of the department, was fired Tuesday and is under criminal investigation in the death of 61-year-old Richard Lee Richards. → Read More

Former Louisiana cop gets 20 years in prison for child porn, sexually abusing retired K-9

Former Bossier City police Officer Terry Yetman, 41, was sentenced Tuesday as part of an August plea agreement. → Read More

DNA cold case: 1980 Texas ‘Jane Doe’ identified as missing Minnesota teen

The body of Sherri Ann Jarvis, 14, of Stillwater, was discovered the morning of Nov. 1, 1980, by a truck driver traveling along Interstate 45 north of Huntsville. → Read More

FBI seeking info on possible suspect in 1995 disappearance of Arkansas 6-year-old Morgan Nick

Morgan Nick was gone in the blink of an eye, or in the flash of a firefly. → Read More

DNA cold case: Elderly Queens man indicted for killing of WWI vet who vanished in 1976

Martin Motta, 74, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of George Clarence Seitz, 81, who vanished on Dec. 10, 1976. Seitz's partial remains were found in 2019 buried in the back yard of the home where Motta lived in 1976. → Read More

DNA on beer cans leads to suspect in 1996 death of Florida store clerk stabbed 73 times

Kenneth Robert Stough Jr., 54, of Eustis, was arrested Tuesday in the 1996 cold case murder of 31-year-old Terence Paquette, 31, of Orlando. Paquette, the manager of a Lil' Champ convenience store, was stabbed 73 times in the store's bathroom. → Read More

Divers find SUV of missing Ohio mom, 2 children on river bottom after nearly 20 years

Stephanie “Van” Nguyen’s 1997 Nissan Pathfinder was pulled Wednesday from the Ohio River in Aurora, Indiana. She and her two children, Kristina Nguyen, 4, and John Nguyen, 3, vanished in April 2002. → Read More

‘Young and stupid’: South Dakota woman convicted of leaving baby to freeze in ditch in 1981

Theresa Bentaas, 60, of Sioux Falls, entered an Alford plea on a charge of manslaughter Friday. Bentaas essentially agreed that a jury of her peers would likely find her guilty of giving birth to her son Feb. 27, 1981, and leaving him, with his umbilical cord and placenta still attached, in a ditch to freeze. → Read More

Murdaugh murders: Attorney Alex Murdaugh turns self in on charges he plotted own killing

Murdaugh, 53, of Hampton, is expected to be charged with insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. → Read More

DNA cold case: New Jersey man charged in 1999 bludgeoning death of high school senior

The bludgeoned and frozen body of Nancy Noga, 17, was discovered Jan. 12, 1999, in the woods behind a mini-mall near her Sayreville home. After 22 years, genetic genealogy has led to the arrest of Bruce Cymanski, 49, in connection with Noga’s murder. → Read More

Louisiana man caught on video faking Tesla hit-and-run in gas station parking lot

Arthur Bates Jr. learned a valuable lesson last week: If you mess with a Tesla, it just might tattle on you. → Read More