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Joanna Dennehy was allegedly assisted by two accomplices who tried to help her cover up the 'terrible truth' of the three murders

Soldier in Afghan rampage faces 17 murder charges

The American soldier accused of massacring Afghan villagers is to be charged with 17 counts of murder, it emerged last night.

Briton Graham Mitchell faces retrial in Portugal

A man facing extradition to Portugal for a crime he thought he was acquitted of 17 years ago said today his life has been "turned upside-down".

Athlete's killer sentenced to minimum 30 year prison term

A young gang member was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years today for the shooting murder of a promising athlete.

Dowler killer to launch appeal bid

Former bouncer Levi Bellfield is due to seek permission to appeal against his conviction for the kidnap and murder of Surrey teenager Milly Dowler. Lawyers for Bellfield are scheduled to make an appeal application in the Court of Appeal in London today.

Jury discharged in Aamir Siddiqi stab murder case

The jury in the trial of two men accused of killing a teenager has been discharged.

Shallow grave man Marcin Kasprzak found guilty of murder

A man who attacked his partner with a Taser and then buried her alive in a cardboard box because he was "bored" with her was found guilty of attempted murder today.

Michael Stone loses appeal bid

Michael Stone has lost a new bid to get his case referred back to the Court of Appeal.

Concrete block dropped on car

A woman suffered life-threatening injuries after a "bucket-sized" block of concrete was dropped on to her car on a busy road.

Beasley is said to have offered applicants 'the job of a lifetime'

Craigslist job adverts 'lured unemployed to their deaths'

They are calling them the Craigslist Killers: a teenage boy and his 52-year-old mentor are accused of using the classified advertising website to lure unemployed men to a remote corner of rural Ohio, where they were shot in the head, before being buried in shallow graves.

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'Attempted murder' as concrete dropped on A12 cars

Police are appealing for witnesses after two "bucket-sized" lumps of concrete were dropped from bridges onto cars, smashing their windscreens and injuring two people.

Suspect linked to Craigslist murders was already on bail

A Texas parolee now linked to a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme was in a jail in the state of Ohio and poised to stay there but was released after Texas officials said they only wanted him extradited if he were convicted on a drug charge, according to court records and a sheriff's office.

Real IRA killers made sure troops were dead, court told

A prominent Irish republican went on trial yesterday charged with the murders of the last two soldiers to die violently in Northern Ireland.

Inmate 'sorry' for wounding guards

A triple killer who stabbed his prison guards apologised today for wounding three officers in a savage attack outside his cell.

The Invention of Murder, By Judith Flanders

Reading this epic dissection of 19th-century murder and the fascination it held for the Victorian public, you are reminded of the odd ways in which the names of perpetrators and victims continue to resonate. The expression "Sweet Fanny Adams" stems from a grisly case of 1867 when the dismembered body of nine-year-old Fanny Adams was found near Alton, Hampshire. Myles-na-Gopaleen, the pen-name used by Flann O'Brien, was a character in Dion Boucicault's drama The Colleen Bawn - derived from the real-life murder of 15-year-old Ellen Hanley, drowned in 1819. Thomas Hood's poem "Eugene Aram", repeatedly used for comic effect by PG Wodehouse – in Bertie Wooster's mangled recollection, it goes, "Tum-tum tum-tumpty mist (I think it's mist),/ And Eugene Aram walked between,/ With gyves upon his wrist" – concerned a Knaresborough man hanged for the murder of a shoemaker in 1749.

Police release CCTV footage showing rioters firing at officers

Footage of hooded thugs firing shots at police officers and a force helicopter during this month's riots has been released.

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