Pastor Don Smith, 57, of Prospect Park Baptist Church in the Whitehaven area of Memphis, Tennessee, was found dead near a pond in the 3400 block of Lichterman Street Saturday morning. The Shelby County Medical Examiner's office said he was killed from a gunshot wound.
Smith's family told local news outlet WREG they have no idea who would have done such a thing, and described him as a good pastor and husband.
His body was initially discovered by two men walking their dogs who waved police over. Paramedics were dispatched to the scene but Smith was already dead, according to reports. more >>
Roman Catholic Church bishops from the Province of Acapulco in Mexico are urging families to hold on to hope as authorities continue searching for the 43 students kidnapped by drug cartel gunmen. Many of the students are feared to have been massacred, and even burned alive.
"United in pain and suffering, we greet you so you can feel our comfort and our hope, along with feelings of sympathy for the disappearance and death of your children, on Sept. 26, in the city of Iguala," reads the statement by the bishops from the Archdiocese of Acapulco, published by Fides News Agency on Monday.
"We encourage you to continue to look ahead. You have to keep walking because God always has good things for his children. Have hope because hope pushes to keep fighting, to continue to live with dignity, to continue working for a better world," the statement added. more >>
"God the Father," a film based on the life of former Colombo family Captain Michael Franzese, hits theaters Friday, and the ex-mob boss says that while he's left the life of crime behind, the lessons he learned continue to help him today.
"I learned things [from my old life] that help me in business. I wrote a business book about it because a lot of things I learned on the street [help me today]," the mafia prince-turned-Christian motivational speaker said during a recent Q&A when asked what positive traits he's carried over from his old life into his new one.
"Listen, you sit down and negotiate with a guy [like] John Gotti, like I had to do a couple of times, you learn some things. You learn how to read people and how to know what it is you want before you get in a meeting." more >>
A 21-year-old college student has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly trying to decapitate a friend who he believed to be practicing witchcraft.
Isaiah Zoar Marin was taken into custody in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Thursday and charged with first-degree murder in the near-decapitation death of Jacob Crockett, 19. Marin reportedly called police and admitted to killing someone. Court documents obtained by Tulsa World stated that he began "rambling" about sacrificing a person and then told a different dispatcher that he "hacked them to death with a machete."
Marin has been described as a "religious zealot" who was a "heavy drug user" by the victim's brother, who arrived at the crime scene later on Wednesday, after the murder. more >>
The state of Texas executed its tenth prisoner this year on Tuesday, Oct. 28; before dying, Miguel Paredes said he was at peace with his life.
According to reports, Paredes told his friends and family that he loved them and hoped his victims' family members would "let go of all the hate because of all my actions."
"I came in as a lion and I come as peaceful as a lamb," he said for his final statement. "I'm at peace. I hope society sees who else they are hurting with this." more >>
The Internal Revenue Service has seized the bank accounts of hundreds of innocent business owners.
Using the powers granted under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, which was designed to help federal agencies catch drug dealers, terrorists and other criminals, the IRS has been legally seizing the bank accounts of law-abiding business owners who have consistently made cash bank deposits less than the federal bank reporting minimum of $10,000.
The New York Times reported that hundreds of these cash-only business had their entire bank accounts seized by the IRS in the past few years because the agency is permitted, through the process of civil asset forfeiture, to seize assets out of suspicion when a pattern of sub-$10,000 cash deposits are made. more >>