A family of five in Utah found dead in their home are alleged victims of suicide and murder, and authorities believe the parents took their own lives and those of their children due to a fear of the biblical apocalypse.
Benjamin and Kristi Strack, as well as their children—Benson, 14, Emery, 12, and Zion, 11—all died of a lethal combination of diphenhydramine and methadone, authorities stated. While the coroner ruled Kristi and Benjamin's deaths suicides and those of Emery and Zion homicides, a formal cause of death was left "undetermined."
"There are some questions we can't answer and may never be able to answer," Springville Police Chief J. Scott Finlayson said on Tuesday. "There is no evidence any of the family members were forced to take lethal doses of any drug combinations, nor was there any evidence they took the drugs willingly." more >>
While Mexico's attorney general said that he has proof that the 43 students who were taken by a cartel in September have been killed, parents said that they will not be giving up hope that their children are alive until there is hard evidence to the contrary.
Jesus Murillo Karam, the attorney general, said that his team has interviewed 99 different people, including members of the criminal gang who are believed to have killed the students, and said that he can confirm the murders, BBC News reported.
"The evidence allows us to determine that the students were kidnapped, killed, burned and thrown in the river," Karam said. more >>
Lacey Spears, the young mother accused of secretly poisoning her late 5-year-old son and documenting his decline on social media, went on trial in Westchester County, New York this week.
Last year the 27-year-old single Mom was arrested and charged with second-degree depraved murder and first-degree manslaughter following the suspicious death of her son Garnett-Paul Spears in January. Prosecutors say the young boy was admitted to hospital with extremely high levels of sodium just days before he died and Spears is accused of adding salt to a feeding tube in his stomach which reportedly caused swelling in his brain before ultimately killing him.
"This mother was intentionally feeding her son salt in toxic levels," Westchester County assistant district attorney, Doreen Lloyd said previously. more >>
A 70-year-old pastor who celebrated his 53rd wedding anniversary this month left behind a trail of grief and confusion Monday, when after years of speculation he was found guilty by a jury of sexually molesting two of his grandchildren.
According to WKBW, pastor Roy Harriger of Community Fellowship Church in the town of Hartland, New York, was finally convicted of two of three counts of coercive criminal sexual conduct against a child by a jury Monday in a case that could have ended in a mistrial.
Harriger had originally faced three counts of incest but those charges were dropped. He was found guilty of molesting two of his grandchildren 12 years ago when he was pastor of Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville. At least 15 people in three states came forward and signed affidavits claiming Harriger molested them as children when he was arrested by authorities last year. Unfortunately, many of those cases are past the statute of limitations so he could not be held accountable for them. more >>
Oklahoma's Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the Supreme Court to stay several executions while it performs a full review of the procedure that has had disastrous results in the past.
"The families of the victims in these three cases have waited a combined 48 years for the sentences of these heinous crimes to be carried out," Pruitt told CNN, but he also noted that the state has an obligation to "ensure justice in each and every case."
Oklahoma has come under fire for its execution procedure, which involves the use of Midazolam. The drug has reportedly caused severe problems and, when used with a combination of two other drugs, does not immediately cause death but instead pain and suffering for inmates. The question is whether the drug should continue to be used and whether Oklahoma's procedure constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. more >>
The Pro-Life Acton League has sent over 500 plastic handcuffs inside "care packages" that are being delivered to abortion clinics throughout the U.S. this week and include a picture postcard showing the recent arrest of an Oklahoma abortionist with a handwritten message asking: "Could you be next?"
The packages were sent to the nation's abortionists on the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in all 50 states. The postcards containing the handwritten note from Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, encourage abortion clinic employees to leave the billion dollar business that he says is killing millions of babies every year.
Featuring the image of Oklahoma abortionist Naresh Patel who was arrested near Oklahoma City on Dec. 9, 2014, for fraud after he sold abortion-inducing drugs to women who weren't pregnant, the postcard reads: "Could you be next? If you want to get out of the abortion business, give me a call," and includes Scheidler's cell phone number. more >>