Two American missionaries found murdered on the island of Jamaica on the weekend were both shot and one of them chopped up, according to a recent autopsy report.
Local police also denied Tuesday a report that a number of suspects in the murders had been identified.
The missionaries, Randy Hentzel, 48, and Harold Nichols, 53, were killed on Saturday. Shocked residents of the Boscobel, St. Mary community on the Caribbean island stumbled upon Hentzel's bound and lifeless body at about 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and a day later, around 5 p.m., Nichols' battered body was discovered with the help of search dogs and police. Initial reports only noted that his head was bashed in and injuries on his body showed he died a violent death. more >>
An Indian Catholic bishop who was kidnapped by unknown abductors, beaten and interrogated about the finances of his diocese has been freed.
Bishop Prasad Gallela, who serves the diocese of Cuddapah in the Andhra Pradesh state in southeast India, went through the details of his recent abduction in an interview with the Catholic news outlet UCANews.com.
The 54-year-old Gallela explained that he was on his way home from mass at Karunagiri Shrine on April 25 when unknown abductors came in two vehicles and took him to an undisclosed location. more >>
Christian author and speaker Joyce Meyer reflected in a sermon that the devil convinced her it was her own fault that her father sexually abused her throughout her childhood, and warned Christians that holding on to false guilt can be one of the biggest barriers to growing with God.
"The devil convinced me there must be something wrong with me, for him to want to do that to me," Meyer said in a sermon about God's righteousness posted on Monday, speaking about her father.
The evangelist noted that all her other friends and people that she knew weren't experiencing the same thing, which at the time led her to believe that "there must be something wrong with me." more >>
Officers from multiple U.S. law enforcement agencies including the FBI will reportedly join local police in Jamaica in the investigation of the gruesome murders of American missionaries, Randy Hentzel, 48, and Harold Nichols, 53, on the island Saturday.
While local police are yet to establish a motive for the killings, Joshua Polacheck, counselor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, told the Jamaica Observer Monday night that agents from the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Drug Enforcement Administration are likely to join the investigation.
"A high-level investigation has been launched into this matter. Residents have pledged to cooperate fully with the authorities to ensure the perpetrators of this atrocious crime are sought and prosecuted," the island's Police Commissioner Carl Williams told reporters at a press conference. more >>
The Corporate leadership of Target Stores, Inc. has announced that they are now going to allow shoplifters to self-identify as paying customers.
In a statement released last Friday, the ginormous retail chain explained that everyone should be allowed to identify as whatever customer status makes them the most comfortable while shopping at Target.
"In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience for employees and customers alike in many ways," stated Target. more >>
A Colorado woman who used kitchen knives to cut a baby from the womb of a woman she had lured to her home was sentenced Friday to 100 years in prison.
Dynel Lane, 35, did not testify in her defense during her trial, and Judge Maria Berkenkotter sentenced the former nurse's aide to 48 years for attempted murder and 32 years for unlawful termination of a pregnancy, The Associated Press reported. The remaining time on Lane's sentence was for assault charges in the attack on her victim, Michelle Wilkins.
Lane used a Craigslist ad offering free maternity clothes to lure Wilkins, who was seven months pregnant, to her home in 2015. Wilkins testified that her and Lane talked for almost an hour before Lane instigated the assault, when she hit, pushed and tried to choke Wilkins before using two kitchen knives to extract the woman's unborn baby from her womb. more >>