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Mother Murders 3-Year-Old Daughter for Tossing Game Console

Sadly, this is not an April Fool's joke. 26-year-old Yui Tanaka and her live-in boyfriend are in police custody in Osaka, Japan after the two murdered Tanaka's 3-year-old daughter Shizuku for interrupting their gaming session. According to Nikkei, the mother told investigators that the girl was being "fussy" and "noisy" while the two were trying to play a game and even threw the couple's game...

Teen Rapist Admits to Looking for Hitman on Facebook

A Pennsylvania teenager has admitted to raping an intoxicated woman, and to soliciting the services of a hitman on Facebook. Corey Christian Adams, a 19-year old from West Chester, was arrested last July after a woman accused him of raping her following a party. The victim, whose name has not been released, reportedly got a ride home with Adams after the party, but passed out on the way. When...

Juror May Face Criminal Charge for Doing Online Research During Murder Trial

A Pennsylvania woman could soon face criminal charges for conducting online research while serving as a juror in a murder trial. The woman, Gretchen Black, reportedly consulted the Web to find out more about the injuries the victim had suffered, and offered to share her findings with the rest of the jury. At the time, the jury had already determined that the defendant was not guilty of...

Vigilante Facebook Group Misidentifies Philadelphia Murderer

Philadelphia police have spent the last month looking for a man accused of being involved in at least three murders and several sexual assaults. Last night, it appeared that the hunt had finally come to an end, when a group of community members gathered outside the home of 24-year-old Triz Jefferies, who was identified as the so-called 'Kensington Strangler' by a group of vigilantes organized...

College Student Googles Himself, Finds Out He's a Teenager Wanted for Murder

Share Zachary Garcia and Zachery Garcia may have homonymous names, but, as you'd imagine, they're actually very different people. The former is a University of Florida student who works at a sandwich shop. The latter is a teenager accused of murder. Investigators in Polk Country, Florida, however, failed to pick up on the subtle difference in spelling between the two names -- a mistake that came...

Korean Teen Kills Mom, Hangs Himself After Video Game Dispute

On Monday evening, a 15-year-old boy in South Korea got into a heated argument with his mom. The mother apparently felt that her teen was spending too much time playing online video games, and scolded him. But, instead of just storming off to his room and wallowing in teenage angst, this gamer decided to take things several tragic steps further. According to police in the southeastern city of...

Woman Pleads Guilty to Killing Baby for Interrupting 'FarmVille'

Share After her 3-month-old son Dylan Lee Edmonson died in January, 22-year-old Alexandra Tobias was arrested. During her interrogation, Tobias told authorities that she had shaken young Dylan because he was crying while she was playing 'FarmVille' on Facebook. According to her statement to investigators, she shook the infant once, and then smoked a cigarette before returning to shake Dylan...

Woman Travels 200 Miles, With Gun in Hand, to Kill Mean Internet Commenter

Share Dear Switched commenters: please think twice before verbally bashing someone online! We have to imagine that there are more people out there like 25-year-old Breana Greathouse, who traveled over 200 miles with a gun in her hand to kill someone who was mean to her on the Internet. Breana (which we've also seen spelled "Briana") was apprehended on Wednesday morning in Ottumwa, Iowa after...

Facebook 'Hit List' Claimed Lives of Three Colombian Teens So Far

Following the shooting of two teenagers in Puerto Asís, Colombia, an anonymous "hit list" was posted to Facebook detailing the names of 69 young Colombian men, including those murdered just two days prior. Sixteen-year-old Diego Ferney Jaramillo and 17-year-old Eibart Alejandro Ruiz Muñoz were killed on a motorcycle while traveling between Puerto Asís and Puerto Caicedo on...

Police in the Philippines Use Facebook to Catch Murder Suspect

On July 12th, an armed vandal broke into a hotel room in the city of Angeles, Philippines, and murdered a Canadian man and his Filipino girlfriend. In the following days and weeks, seven more people in the city would fall prey to the killer, including five Filipinos, an American and a Briton. As police investigated, they began drawing connections to 28-year-old Mark Dizon, a computer technician...

Facebook Page Pays Tribute to Raoul Moat, Fallen U.K. Murderer

Just a few days after being released from prison, 37-year-old Raoul Moat, of Newcastle, UK, shot his ex-girlfriend, killed her new boyfriend and blinded a police officer. The ensuing nationwide manhunt finally came to a close last Saturday, when Moat took his own life after a six-hour standoff with armed police. Now, a group of people have flocked to Facebook to pay tribute, not to Moat's victims,...

NASA Radar-Ready Rover Helps Solve Murder Case

Share If the whole space exploration gig doesn't work out, NASA might have a future in solving crimes... on Earth. According to Popular Science, a NASA rover equipped with ground-penetrating radar technology recently helped solve an 18-year-old California murder case. Back in 1991, Dawn Sanchez vanished after having last been seen in the car of her boyfriend, Bernardo Bass. Bass was a suspect,...

Man Charged With Assisting Suicides Online, But Is He Protected by Freedom of Speech?

"Get a yellow nylon rope, about eight feet. That is all you need. And look around your apartment for somewhere to hang from. I can help you with the cam when you need to." That's what William Melchert-Dinkel, a 47-year-old nurse from Faribault, Minnesota, told 18-year-old Nadia Kajouji on March 6, 2008. Kajouji, who had been chatting with Melchert-Dinkel online about her suicidal thoughts, went...

'Unknown Social Network' Hook-up Implicated in Phoenix Murder

Readers, we frequently caution that the Internet can be a dangerous place. Malware's one thing, but sometimes real blood is shed. With social networks growing exponentially, it seems unfortunately inevitable that any such meeting place will eventually be abused by people with ulterior intentions. Remember the Craigslist murders of last year, which made casual encounters suddenly terrifying. ...

Dad Kills 9-Month-Old Son and Self, Leaves Suicide Note on Facebook

While it's becoming increasingly common for people to leave suicide notes on their Facebook pages, the circumstances surrounding Stephen Garcia's death in particular still gives us the creeps. Distraught over the separation from his ex-girlfriend, the 25-year-old California native was apparently on a court-ordered visit with their 9-month-old son Wyatt when he drove to an isolated dirt trail in...