Monthly Archives: October 2018

Police Release First Photos of Saudi Sisters Who Were Found Bound Together Near the Hudson River

New photos of sisters Tala and Rotana Farea have been released by the New York police eight days after authorities discovered their lifeless bodies bound together with duct tape near the Hudson River.

In the images, Tala, 16, can be seen wearing a black top has black straight hair while Rotana, 22, is pictured in a hijab. The photos come just a few days after NYPD released a sketch of the women in hopes of identifying them.

The Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia has identified the sisters as Saudi citizens who “were students accompanying their brother in Washington.”

According to The New York Times, the Saudi Embassy in Washington informed Tala and Rotana’s mother that the sisters had previously applied for asylum in the United States after reportedly being ordered home. An asylum is a political protection from another country if a

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Death Becomes Us festival brings a true-crime wave to DC


Clockwise from top left: The hosts of “How Did This Get Made?” Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas; along with CeCe Moore, Paul Holes and Phoebe Judge will appear in BYT’s true-crime festival Death Becomes Us Nov. 3 and 4. (Express illustration)
Rachel Podnar October 31 at 7:53 PM

Mysteries, murders and all things macabre are at the center of Brightest Young Things’ first true-crime festival, Death Becomes Us. Notable podcasters, TV personalities and experts will gather at Lisner Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday to discuss some of history’s most infamous crimes and offer their insights. “We think the reason the genre is having such a moment is people are

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5-Year-Old Ohio Boy Tests Positive for Meth After Trick-or-Treating

A 5-year-old Ohio boy was hospitalized after testing positive for methamphetamine after trick-or-treating on Sunday, say local authorities.

In a statement released Sunday night on Facebook, the Galion Police Department announced that it had launched an investigation after they learned a local boy had gotten sick after going door-to-door for candy earlier that day.

Afterward, the child had a seizure and fell over, local station WSYX/WTTE reports.

“The left side of his face was just droopy and then he fell and then he couldn’t move his left arm,” his mother, Julia Pence, told the outlet. “He didn’t know where he was, he didn’t know what he was doing.”

The boy had been trick-or-treating for about two hours on Sunday afternoon with his father, who told officers the child had eaten a few pieces of candy and was wearing fake vampire teeth, WSYX/WTTE reports.

The boy was rushed to a local

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Bodies of Illinois Professor, Husband Found in River — and Accused Son Was ‘Sick of His Parents’

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Uncle of Twins and Sister Killed In Bus Stop Crash Mourns ‘Beautiful Kids Taken for No Reason’

Tuesday’s fatal crash that killed three Indiana siblings has left their family reeling from the tragedy.

Alivia Stahl, 9, and her 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle were hit by a truck as they crossed the road to board a school bus in Rochester. The driver, 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd, was taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon and charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign and causing injury, PEOPLE confirms.

The childrens’ father is inconsolable, his brother tells WNDU. “He didn’t lose one kid, he lost all of his kids,” said the victims’ uncle, Elgin Ingle. “What do you tell your little brother, how do you tell your little brother it’s going to get better? You can’t.”

Elgin Ingle also believes the setup of the school bus stop contributed to the tragedy.

“This school has been warned, this has been an issue,

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Special Ed Teacher Allegedly Had Sexual Relationship with Female Student

A former Ohio special ed teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor female student this past summer, PEOPLE confirms.

On Monday, Jennifer Walsh, 26, was indicted on two charges of sexual battery, according to Hamilton County court documents obtained by PEOPLE. She is accused of performing sexual acts on a student from Sycamore High School, where Walsh taught until the alleged relationship was reported to Montgomery police.

The alleged contact took place from May to August 2018, according to the court documents. A Montgomery police spokesperson tells PEOPLE the incidents did not occur at the school.

The alleged victim is not a special education student, according to the documents.

Police notified Sycamore School District officials of the alleged relationship on Oct. 16, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer after being informed of the alleged relationship by the Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services department.

Walsh submitted her resignation three days later.

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Woman Convicted of Killing Rapist Who Threatened Her Family If She Didn’t Have Sex with Him: Reports

A 35-year-old Australian mother was sentenced this week to 10 and a half years in prison after she killed her rapist three years ago when he threatened her only days after his initial sex assault, according to multiple news reports.

Roxanne Eka Peters was warned by her attacker, 51-year-old Grant Jason Cassar, at her home in Capalaba on Dec. 4, 2015: Have sex with him or he would harm her daughter, 9 News reports.

Instead Peters, then a 32-year-old pharmacists’ assistant, got a kitchen knife and repeatedly stabbed Cassar in the chest and penis, according to 9 News and the New Zealand Herald.

“You don’t rape me,” she said while attacking him.

In all Cassar sustained 61 injuries including nearly 4-inch wounds to his chest, 9 News reports.

Then Peters tied a rope around Cassar’s neck and body and pulled him behind her car for about six-tenths of a mile before she dumped

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Indiana Woman Accused of Viciously Racist Note at Neighbor’s Door About Biracial Child

CONTENT WARNING: This article quotes a letter containing racially offensive language. 

An Indiana woman was arrested after allegedly leaving a racist note to her new neighbors about their 15-year-old biracial child under their front door.

Deborah Cantwell, 63, was taken into police custody on Oct. 25 and charged with criminal mischief and misdemeanor intimidation, a spokesperson for the Howard County Sheriffs Department confirms to PEOPLE.

Days earlier, on Oct. 13, Cantwell’s neighbor came home in the early hours to find his property vandalized with strands of toilet paper scattered across its front bushes and trees. Under the door was a typed, unsigned note allegedly written by Cantwell telling him that his biracial son was not welcome in the neighborhood. 

“No n—— wanted in this neighborhood — THIS IS A WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD,” the note read, in part, according to a photo of it posted by the child’s mother, Amy Howell Pundt, on a GoFundMe page raising

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Driver Charged in Crash that Killed Twin Brothers, 6, and Big Sister, 9, While Boarding School Bus

An Indiana woman has been charged with reckless homicide, accused of fatally striking three siblings with her truck as they crossed the road to board a school bus on Tuesday.

Alyssa Shepherd, 24, was taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon. She was charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign and causing injury, PEOPLE confirms. According to court records, she was taken to the Fulton County Jail, and released Tuesday night on a $15,000 surety bond.

Alivia Stahl, 9, and her 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle were killed in the crash that occurred at about 7 a.m. in Rochester.

“They were struck by southbound 2017 Toyota Tacoma driven by a 24-year-old female,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum told reporters at the scene as seen in a video obtained by the South Bend Tribune.

“The investigation has shown that a school bus

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