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Texas Couple Allegedly Kept Girl as Slave for 16 Years Before She Escaped

A Texas couple is accused of keeping a young West African girl as their slave for 16-years until she escaped from their home two years ago, PEOPLE confirms.

Mohamed Toure, 57, and Denise Cros-Toure, 57, are charged with forced labor of a domestic servant, the Department of Justice said in a news release. The couple appeared in federal court Thursday.

The girl was five when the couple allegedly arranged for her to leave her village in the West African country of Guinea in 2000, according to the news release.

The couple has close ties to the government of Guinea: Toure is the son of the country’s former president, Ahmed Sekou Toure, according to the Washington Post.

The alleged victim, who has not been identified, does not speak English and was allegedly forced to do labor around the couple’s home, including cooking, cleaning, laundry and yard work, all without being paid. She also allegedly

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Lyle Menendez Describes Reunion with Brother Erik Years After They Murdered Parents: ‘Remarkable Moment’

The last time Erik and Lyle Menendez saw each other in person was on September 10, 1996, when the two brothers were found guilty of first-degree murder in the 1989 shooting deaths of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez.

For more than two decades, Lyle was housed at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California — a small town outside Sacramento. Erik was incarcerated at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, more than 500 miles away.

But last month, the brothers reunited.

Lyle Menendez, now 50, gave an interview to DailyMailTV.

“It was just a remarkable moment,” Menendez said. “It was just something I wasn’t sure was ever going to happen,”

Lyle revealed that how he embraced Erik, now 47. He whispered “finally,” and the brothers burst into tears.

The men now live in a unit where inmates agree to participate in educational and other rehabilitation programs. If any prisoners

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Crime writer vowed to find Golden State Killer; 2 years after her death, fans believe she did

Before she died two years ago, true-crime author Michelle McNamara made it her mission to identify a man believed to have committed 12 slayings and 45 rapes across California from 1976 to 1986.

On Wednesday — four days after the second anniversary of her death — California authorities finally arrested a suspect, leading McNamara’s fans to credit her with helping to find justice from beyond the grave.

McNamara, who published the website True Crime Diary, was long fascinated by the unsolved case, dubbed the suspect the “Golden State Killer” and investigated it on her own.

“The displeased felt that (nickname) sounded too glamorous, like he was a Hollywood star. But as my research takes me across California the more I feel the moniker, with its jarring juxtaposition, is apt,” she wrote in a 2014 post.

At the time of McNamara’s unexpected death in April 2016, she was working on a

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2 Years After Her Death, Crime Writer Michelle McNamara Credited by Fans With Helping to Find Golden State Killer

Before she died two years ago, true-crime author Michelle McNamara made it her mission to identify a man believed to have committed 12 slayings and at least 50 rapes across California from 1976 to 1986.

On Wednesday — four days after the second anniversary of her death — California authorities finally arrested a suspect, leading McNamara’s fans to credit her with helping to find justice from beyond the grave.

McNamara, who published the website True Crime Diary, was long fascinated by the unsolved case, dubbed the suspect the “Golden State Killer” and investigated it on her own.

“The displeased felt that (nickname) sounded too glamorous, like he was a Hollywood star. But as my research takes me across California the more I feel the moniker, with its jarring juxtaposition, is apt,” she wrote in a 2014 post.

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37 Years After Young Woman’s Mysterious Slaying, She Is Finally Identified — But Who Killed Her?

Nearly four decades after a young woman’s dead body was found in a ditch in Western Ohio, local authorities now know her name — if not yet who killed her or why.

PEOPLE confirms that the homicide victim long known as the “Buckskin Girl” has been positively identified as 21-year-old Marcia L. King, of Arkansas.

According to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, King’s body was found on Greenlee Road on April 24, 1981, apparently not long after she was killed. She was fully clothed and wearing a fringed buckskin jacket, leading to her nickname while she officially remained a Jane Doe. But she did not have any socks, shoes or identification, according to the Dayton Daily News.

An autopsy report revealed King was killed by blunt force trauma and strangulation. She was lying dead just off the roadway outside of Troy, the Dayton paper reports.

In 2008, her case was put into the

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Where Is Michael Peterson In 2018? His Wife’s Death Has Fascinated True Crime Fans For Years

The death of Kathleen Peterson in 2001 occurred under such strange circumstances that it captured the attention, and the imagination, of the entire country. The case inspired a Lifetime movie, an 8-part documentary series The Staircase, and now, an Investigation Discovery special titled American Murder Mystery: The Staircase, which will air Sunday, April 8 on Discovery. The series will revisit the investigation and trial that followed, which found Kathleen’s husband, Michael Peterson guilty of first-degree murder, per the Associated Press. But he’s since walked free, so where is Michael Peterson in 2018?

Since his wife’s death, Peterson has maintained his innocence per The News Observer. The same AP piece reported that, in 2011, the verdict was vacated by Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson, after the judge found that a blood analyst who

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Menendez brothers reunite nearly 30 years after killing parents

The Menendez brothers, who were convicted of killing their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion nearly three decades ago, have been reunited in a southern California prison.

Erik Menendez, 47, has moved into the same housing unit as his 50-year-old brother, Lyle Menendez, the California corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.

The brothers are serving life sentences for killing their parents, Jose and Mary Louise “Kitty” Menendez, with a shotgun in 1989.

Lyle Menendez was moved in February from Mule Creek state prison in northern California to the RJ Donovan correctional facility in Sand Diego after his security classification was lowered.

The brothers had lived in separate housing units and would not have seen each other, Thornton said. The prison houses nearly 3,900 male inmates.

That changed this week when Erik Menendez was moved into the same housing unit as his brother, where inmates agree to

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146-year-old Reward to be Paid 146 Years Later at Gaithersburg Book Festival

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The descendants of a man who solved a 183-year-old assassination will be presented with a 1,000-euro reward at this year’s Gaithersburg Book Festival, the city announced Wednesday.

Two of the descendants live in Gaithersburg, and all four will be attending the May 19 event.

In 1835 Bönnigheim Mayor Johann Heinrich Rieber was assassinated by Gottlob Rueb. Rueb fled Germany , and later died in Mexico defending Robert E. Lee’s position in battle during the Mexican-American War.

Frederick Rupp, a German immigrant in Washington, D.C., provided the crucial tip in 1872 that solved the murder, but the reward was never paid after the Bönnigheim city council minutes recording the decision to offer the prize were

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Texas Girl Who Vanished 2 Years Ago Is Found Alive Thanks to Tip From a Reality TV Show

A 9-year-old Texas girl who disappeared in the fall of 2016 has been found in New Mexico after a segment on her case aired Friday on national TV, PEOPLE confirms.

Mariah Martinez, who was reported missing to authorities in Lubbock on Oct. 21, 2016, was found on Monday, according to Lubbock police and the National Center for Missing Exploited Children.

The segment about Mariah aired during an episode of the AE reality series LivePD. Someone watching the episode subsequently called in a tip to NCMEC on Friday and they alerted investigators to Mariah’s whereabouts, the center posted online.

LivePD trails police officers in real time as they do their jobs, often capturing arrests as they occur.

Further information was unavailable about Mariah’s recovery, including about where and in what condition she was found. No one has been charged following her return.

Authorities have said Mariah and her two siblings — Jeremiah, who

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Father Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison for Trying to Sell 4-Year-Old Daughter for Sex

A Wisconsin father was sentenced to serve 60 years in prison for attempting to sell his 4-year-old daughter for sex online, the Harris County District Attorney’s office confirms to PEOPLE.

Andrew Turley, 30, was sentenced in Harris County, Texas on Friday after being convicted for trafficking of a child and compelling prostitution of someone under the age of 18, according to the Houston Chronicle.

KHOU11 reported that Turley was caught after an undercover Houston police officer contacted Turley about an ad the 30-year-old placed on Craiglist in 2015 titled “Play with Daddie’s [sic] Little Girl,” according to Harris County prosecutors.

Over a lengthy e-mail correspondence, which according to prosecutors amounted to almost 70 messages, Turley told the undercover police officer that a two hour session with the girl, who was described as being “younger than 10” would cost $1,000, KHOU11 reported.

According to the Harris County District Attorney’s office, the

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