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Newlywed Husband's Cliff Death: Friends Describe Doubts About Wife

Newlywed Husband's Cliff Death: Friends Describe Doubts About Wife

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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Wife Accused of Pushing New Husband Over a Cliff Released from Jail

Newlywed Wife Accused of Pushing Husband to Death Over a Cliff Released from Jail

Originally posted 09/13/2013 02:45PM

A federal judge ordered a Montana newlywed released from jail Thursday as she awaits trial on charges that she pushed her husband to his death over a cliff in Glacier National Park because she was having second thoughts about marriage.

Prosecutors immediately sought to reverse Thursday's order from U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch, saying 22-year-old Jordan Linn Graham of Kalispell was a risk to the community and had lied to investigators.

But Lynch said the government had not shown that Graham was a danger to the community nor a flight risk – the two main factors in deciding whether someone should be released. He ordered her into home detention at her parents' house in Kalispell, and to undergo a mental health evaluation.

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Wife Allegedly Pushes Husband Off Cliff 8 Days After Wedding, Authorities Say

Newlywed Wife Pushes Husband Off Cliff 8 Days After Wedding: Authorities

Originally posted 09/10/2013 02:00PM

A newlywed wife with doubts about her 8-day-old marriage confessed she pushed her husband face-first off a cliff in Glacier National Park, then lied about his death and told authorities he had driven off with friends, court documents said.

Federal prosecutors have given their version of what happened to Cody Lee Johnson, 25, two months after his body was found in an area of the park so steep and rugged that a helicopter had to be used in the recovery.

Jordan Linn Graham, 22, appeared Monday in federal court in Missoula, Mont., on a second-degree murder charge in Johnson's July 7 death. Her attorney, public defender Andrew Nelson, declined to comment.

Johnson's family and friends had called for an investigation since the body was recovered July 12 below the Loop Trail near the sheer cliff drops of the park's popular Going to the Sun Road.

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Autistic Daughter's 'Miracle' Recovery After Mom's Alleged Murder Attempt

Autistic Daughter's 'Miracle' Recovery After Mom's Alleged Murder Attempt

Originally posted 09/09/2013 12:00PM

An autistic teen girl whose mother sits in a Michigan jail, charged with trying to kill her, has rebounded from an "unresponsive" state after mother and daughter were discovered Tuesday unconscious from what police said was carbon monoxide poisoning.

"It is nothing short of a miracle," Isabelle Stapleton's father Matt Stapleton wrote Sunday on the Team Issy Facebook page.

"THANK YOU for the many kind words, prayers, and wishes that have been sent her way. They have made a difference," posted Stapleton, a high-school principal whose small-town Elberta, Mich., community had rallied to support 14-year-old "Issy" and the Stapleton family through costly autism care and now this unexpected, tragic turn.

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Car Used in Alleged San Diego Murder-Abduction Discovered in Idaho

UpdatePosted 08/09/2013 07:00PM

Car Used in Alleged San Diego Murder-Abduction Discovered in Idaho

Originally posted 08/09/2013 03:10PM

Authorities in rural Idaho appeared to be closing in Friday on a San Diego area man and the teenage girl he allegedly abducted after state police investigating a reported sighting of the pair found the suspect's blue Nissan Versa.

Police got their first big break on Wednesday, after a man riding his horse through the rustic Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness Area chatted along a trail with a man and a teenage girl with hiking and camping gear.

The three "exchanged pleasantries," and the man and girl indicated they were on a hiking trip, Andrea Dearden, a spokeswoman for the Ada County Sheriff's Department, tells PEOPLE.

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Murder-Abduction Suspect May Be Armed with Explosives: San Diego Police

James Lee DiMaggio May Be Armed with Explosives: Police

Originally posted 08/09/2013 08:05AM

A massive search entered a sixth day Friday for a man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old family friend as police warned he may have abandoned his car while on the run and rigged it with explosives.

James Lee DiMaggio, 40, may have had an "unusual infatuation" with the missing girl, Hannah Anderson, said San Diego County Sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser.

"That is kind of a working theory, that it may be something of a motivator," Fraser said Thursday.

On Sunday night, authorities found the body of Hannah's mother – 44-year-old Christina Anderson – when they extinguished flames at DiMaggio's rural home. A child's body also was discovered as they sifted through rubble in Boulevard, a tiny town 65 miles east of San Diego.

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Ariel Castro's House Demolished as Michelle Knight Watches

Ariel Castro's House Demolished as Survivor Michelle Knight Watches

Originally posted 08/07/2013 08:45AM

The Cleveland house of horrors where convicted kidnapper Ariel Castro kept three women captive for a decade went under the bulldozer Wednesday morning.

And there to watch it fall: survivor Michelle Knight, carrying a bouquet of yellow balloons in a symbolic moment of triumph now that she and the other survivors, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, move forward to reclaim their lives.

The razing occurs less than a week after Castro, 53, was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years.

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San Diego Manhunt: Two Kids Missing After Mom Dies in Housefire

San Diego Manhunt: Two Kids Missing After Mom Dies in Housefire

Originally posted 08/06/2013 02:00PM

Californians received the first-ever statewide cell phone Amber alert Monday night after a San Diego-area man allegedly abducted a 16-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother.

James Lee DiMaggio, 40, is also suspected of burning down a house where firefighters recovered the body of the children's mother, Christina Anderson, 44, as well as the body of a child whose remains have not yet been identified and the remains of a dog.

San Diego County Sheriff's officials alerted that DiMaggio was suspected of murdering Anderson. They said he might be driving Hannah and Ethan Anderson in a blue, 2013 Nissan Versa, with California license plate 6WCU986, towards Texas or Canada.

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Thief Steals $136 Million in Diamond Jewelry from Cannes Hotel

Thief Steals $136 Million in Diamond Jewelry from Cannes Hotel

Originally posted 07/29/2013 02:30PM

Wearing a scarf to mask his face, the gunman held up at least three security guards and then fled the luxury Cannes hotel roughly a minute later with $136 million in diamond jewelry.

The simple, speedy theft is the biggest jewelry heist in years.

Police had previously said Sunday's theft at the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel had netted $53 million worth of treasure – even at that level, a major haul. Reached by the Associated Press, Philippe Vique, an assistant prosecutor in the Riviera town of Grasse, said the Dubai-based organizer of the diamond show had since raised the value based on a more complete inventory.

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Ariel Castro Gets Life Without Parole Plus 1,000 Years in Ohio Kidnapping Case

Ariel Castro Gets Life Without Parole, Plus 1,000 Years, in Plea Deal

Originally posted 07/26/2013 11:10AM

A Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade has agreed to plead guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty.

Ariel Castro entered the new plea Friday. In exchange, prosecutors said the 53-year-old Castro would be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.

Castro had been charged in a 977-count indictment.

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