11:42 AM EDT 11/27/2013
Originally posted 11/21/2013 11:55AM
Three traumatized women have been rescued from a London home after one called a charity to say she'd been held against her will for more than three decades, British police said Thursday.
Metropolitan Police said a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman were arrested on Thursday at a home in south London as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude.
The investigation comes after a charity contacted police in October to report that a woman had phoned to say she'd been held unwillingly for more than 30 years.
The catalyst for the call was a television documentary on forced marriages, according to police.
Originally posted 11/19/2013 01:30PM
Attorneys for an Army lieutenant and father of two facing life in prison for a three-state sex-crime spree will tell the jury that cops failed to investigate their client's twin brother.
Army 1st Lt. Aaron G. Lucas, 32, of Fort Carson, Colo., an artillery officer who has earned 10 medals including a bronze star, "just wants fairness. That’s what he risked his life for, for our country," his co-defense attorney, Elizabeth McClintock, told PEOPLE Monday.
McClintock says she's not claiming Brian F. Lucas is guilty of any of the 32 charges facing his twin brother – only that, if the evidence points to multiple suspects, the cops have to look carefully at each one. In this case, she says, DNA evidence linked to Aaron could just as easily have been linked to Brian.
Originally posted 10/24/2013 09:35PM
On the day her mother suddenly died following an April 2007 facelift operation, Rachel MacNeill was disturbed by something her father, Martin, told her in her parents' bedroom.
"He kept repeating that we need to have an autopsy done," Rachel, 34, tearily testified in a Provo, Utah, courtroom Thursday, "because he didn't want anyone to think that he murdered my mother. I asked him 'Why would anyone think that?' It was so shocking."
Martin MacNeill, a once-respected medical doctor and lawyer, is on trial for the first-degree murder of his wife of almost 30 years, Michele. Utah County prosecutors allege MacNeill pressured her into having plastic surgery, overmedicated and drowned her in the family bathtub so he could start a new life with his mistress.
Originally posted 10/23/2013 11:45AM
A 14-year-old high school student is accused of killing a math teacher, whose body was discovered in a wooded area near Danvers High School in Massachusetts.
Colleen Ritzer, 24, of Andover, was found dead early Wednesday, and the boy will be arraigned on a murder charge, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.
Police started investigating after Ritzer was reported missing late Tuesday night because she had not returned home from work and was not answering her cellphone. Investigators found blood in a second-floor school bathroom and soon located the victim, he said. He did not say how Ritzer died.
Originally posted 10/21/2013 02:00PM
The stepmother of a 14-year-old, who is accused of bullying a Florida girl prior to her suicide, was arrested and charged with child abuse after a video depicting the woman beating a boy was posted on Facebook, a sheriff said Friday.
During a news conference, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the arrest of 30-year-old Vivian Vosburg on two counts of child abuse with bodily harm and four counts of child neglect is a shocking chapter in a months-long tragic story in Central Florida.
Judd said Vosburg is the stepmother of one of two girls charged with felony aggravated stalking earlier in the week. Officials say the girls, 14 and 12, bullied and harassed 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick before she climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant and hurled herself to her death Sept. 9.
Originally posted 10/17/2013 04:15PM
The parents of a young girl arrested for bullying 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick so relentlessly that the Florida tween leaped to her death last month are speaking out – and claiming their daughter is innocent.
Vivian and Jose – who are not revealing their last names to protect their daughter's privacy – tell CNN their daughter played no role in Sedwick's death, despite an incriminating message left on their daughter's Facebook account.
"Yes, I know I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself but I don't give a [blank]," the message read.
Originally posted 10/09/2013 10:00AM
Police investigating the 2007 disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann plan to issue an image of a possible suspect.
The computer-generated photo (called an efit) is a part of an active investigation attempting to identify a man seen near the resort hotel in Praia da Luz, Portugal, where the child was last seen while vacationing with her family the the Guardian reported Wednesday.
With the release of the new photo, Crimewatch on the BBC plan to broadcast a new appeal for witnesses on Monday. Similar appeals are set to go out in areas other tourists vacationing in Portugal at the time of Madeleine's disappearance may live, like Germany and the Netherlands.
Originally posted 10/07/2013 10:15AM
A Michigan father has been charged in the murder of his baby daughter, two years after she disappeared.
An open murder charge was filed Friday against Sean Phillips, 23, of Ludington, Mich., in the death of his daughter, Katherine "Baby Kate" Phillips, who was last seen on June 29, 2011, at the age of 4-and-a-half months, according to MLive Muskegon Chronicle via ABC News.
Baby Kate remains missing.
The disappearance of the infant riveted Michigan's west coast, after Phillips allegedly took off with the little girl following an argument with her mother, Ariel Courtland.
Originally posted 10/02/2013 01:30PM
While she tries to put on a brave face in school, Hannah Anderson says that when she thinks about her abduction and her struggles to cope with the murders of her mother and brother, "I break down at night."
The San Diego-area high-school junior, 16, continues to avoid all print interviews, but over the past few days has answered dozens of questions on her ask.fm page, where she also shared photos of her homecoming dance and happier times with her mom and brother.
Asked why she didn't run away from abductor James DiMaggio while on the 1,000-mile trip from San Diego to Idaho – the query also presumed that Anderson wasn't handcuffed – Anderson replied: "How do you know he never had me handcuffed? Because there you are wrong. Don't assume things you don't know. Just stop."
Originally posted 09/18/2013 07:25AM
It was October 2011 when Levi Blasdel put two of his friends together: Jordan Graham, a child-care worker looking to settle down and have kids, and Cody Johnson, Blasdel's buddy who wanted a down-to-earth girl to marry and start a family.
By the time Johnson proposed, however, Blasdel and others feared Graham's commitment to the relationship had faded, and they cautioned against marriage. Then Johnson put his foot down.
"He was like, 'Look, I know you don't understand, but she makes me happy,' " Blasdel recalls hearing his friend say.
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