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Man charged with murders of two Alaska Native women

Man charged with murders of two Alaska Native womenA digital camera card containing videos of a man beating and strangling a woman in a hotel room led to the arrest of an immigrant from South Africa charged with murders of two Alaska Native women who had gone missing, authorities said on Thursday. In each case, the victims’ remains were found dumped in wooded outskirts of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. The suspect, Brian Steven Smith, 48, has confessed to both slayings to police, according to a bail memorandum filed by prosecutors on Thursday.



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Canadian police release findings of report into murders of three tourists

Canadian police release findings of report into murders of three touristsTwo dead Canadian teens who were the subject of an intense manhunt this summer confessed to the murders of three tourists in northern Canada in a series of videos, but did not reveal a motive behind their actions or indicate remorse, Canadian police said on Friday. The bodies of Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, were found on Aug. 7 after a two week-long search that began in northern British Columbia and ended in the remote and hostile terrain of northern Manitoba, three provinces and several thousand kilometers (miles) away. The pair were first reported as missing after leaving their hometown of Port Alberni, British Columbia, in search of work.



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Suspect in Detroit serial killings charged in murders of 4 women

Suspect in Detroit serial killings charged in murders of 4 womenSocial media rumors had been developing since mid-May that there was a serial killer in Detroit, but police repudiated them.



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Suspected Florida Serial Killer Linked to Murders of Four Women: Authorities

Suspected Florida Serial Killer Linked to Murders of Four Women: AuthoritiesPalm Beach County Sheriff's OfficeFlorida authorities have arrested a suspected serial killer believed to be responsible for the brutal murders of at least four women over the last 14 years.Robert Hayes, 37, was arrested and charged Sunday night with the grisly 2016 murder of 32-year-old Rachel Bey, whose body was found along a highway in Jupiter, Palm Beach County Sheriff Rich Bradshaw announced at a Monday press conference.“We’ve been able to take what we believe is a serial killer off our streets” Bradshaw said. “Had we not done this, we’re pretty certain he would have killed again.”While Hayes has only been charged with one murder, he’s suspected in at least three cold cases in Daytona, Florida, after semen found on Bey’s body matched DNA discovered on other victims. All of the victims—LaQuetta Gunther, 45, Julie Ann Green, 34, and Iwana Patton, 35—were found within a mile of each other in remote or wooded areas, and they had all suffered a .40-caliber gunshot wound to the head.Gary Ray Bowles, ‘I-95’ Serial Killer Who Preyed on Gay Men, Executed in FloridaPolice said that after his Sunday arrest, Hayes’ DNA was linked to two victims who were murdered between 2005 and 2007. Authorities previously said two of the victims were discovered with semen on their bodies.“At this point in time, we have not charged him yet…but we have linked him with forensic evidence to three of our murder victims,” Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said Monday, calling Hayes a “disgusting serial killer.”Police say Hayes may also be responsible for the murder of 30-year-old Stacey Gage, who was found fatally shot behind a church in 2008, but authorities have yet to find forensic evidence tying him to the slaying.“We don’t know at this point in time if it’s related. We’re still investigating that,” Capri said, adding that the multi-county investigation is “a team effort to get closure for these families and get this killer off the streets.”Authorities previously said Gunther, a painter, was last seen leaving her friend’s house on Dec. 24, 2005. Her partially nude body was found in an alleyway two days later, after she was shot “execution-style” in the back of the head. Family Sues Man They Say Left Their Daughter to Die on Florida HighwayOn Jan. 14, 2006, her friend Julie Green was reportedly found dead in a ditch at a construction site. Green had also been shot in the back of the head. Patton, a 35-year-old nursing assistant, was killed a month later in a similar fashion, authorities said, and her body was discovered in a remote area off busy Daytona Boulevard. Authorities said Monday that Hayes randomly targeted his victims, but it has been previously reported the three women all had a history of prostitution. Hayes, who was a student at Bethune Cookman University, was interviewed by Daytona homicide detectives in 2006. Capri said he was questioned about purchasing a gun “around the time of the murders” but there was no “physical or forensic evidence” linking him to the slayings.Unlike the other victims in Daytona, Bey was fatally strangled and found with multiple broken teeth and a broken jaw. Authorities believe she was dragged to the side of the highway where she was ultimately found on March 7, 2016, by utility workers.Investigators said Hayes moved to Palm Beach County from Daytona Beach around the time of Bey’s murder. Netflix’s Most Dangerous Show Travels Where Only Psychopaths DareThe Florida Department of Law Enforcement credited, DNA tests, genetic genealogy, and the diligence of local authorities for the arrest.  “Killers like Robert Tyrone Hayes are the reason genetic genealogy is so important to public safety,” FDLE spokesman Troy Walker said on Monday. “Without genetic genealogy, predators like Mr. Hayes will continue to live in our neighborhoods, visit our parks, our libraries, restaurants, and go to our nightlife and entertainment districts to continue to hunt for victims.”Hayes, who was charged with first-degree murder, was denied bail at his initial court appearance Monday. It is not immediately known if he has a lawyer. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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St. Louis officials offered $100K reward for unsolved child murders. Then two more kids were shot

St. Louis officials offered $  100K reward for unsolved child murders. Then two more kids were shotOfficials in St. Louis offered a $ 100,000 reward for information in a recent string of child murders. Then two more kids were killed.



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5 years after murders, man accused of killing Spring family execution-style goes to trial

5 years after murders, man accused of killing Spring family execution-style goes to trialInvestigators say Ronald Haskell, Jr. tied the Stay family up and shot them all because he was angry about his recent divorce.



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Serial killer linked to dozens of U.S. murders pleads guilty to two more

Serial killer linked to dozens of U.S. murders pleads guilty to two moreThe date of the Jane Doe killing is unknown but is believed to have occurred sometime between 1980 and 1999. The 79-year-old defendant appeared in Cincinnati’s Hamilton County Court via Skype from California State Prison in Los Angeles County and sat with his hands folded in a wheelchair, responding “Yes, ma’am” when Judge Melba Marsh asked if he waived his right to a trial by jury. “He said he specifically looked for people who would not be missed,” Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier told the judge.



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Two bodies found near Canadian river believed to be teens suspected of 3 murders

Two bodies found near Canadian river believed to be teens suspected of 3 murdersThe bodies of Kam McLeod and Bryan Schmegelsky, who are suspected in three killings, have been found, according to Manitoba Police.



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Suspect arrested in murders of man, nanny found dead at suburban New Jersey home

Suspect arrested in murders of man, nanny found dead at suburban New Jersey homePolice have made an arrest in the killings of a man and a live-in nanny who worked with his family in New Jersey.



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Two teen suspects sought in Canada murders of US-Australian couple

Two teen suspects sought in Canada murders of US-Australian coupleCanadian police on Tuesday named two suspects wanted in connection with three murders, including the killings of an American woman and Australian man whose bodies were found in rural British Columbia. Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, had been reported missing in British Columbia but are now believed to be on the run. Both suspects are considered to be dangerous, police said in a warning to the public.



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