Kidnapping

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Salem, Oregon, Police Department shows Karissa Alyn Fretwell and her 3-year-old son William "Billy" Fretwell. Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry said Monday, June 17, 2019 that “really good detective work” led authorities to find the bodies of Karissa and Billy Fretwell Saturday in a wooded area northwest of Salem. They hadn’t been heard from since May 13. The boy’s biological father Michael Wolfe has been charged with kidnapping and aggravated murder. (Salem Police Department via AP, File)
June 17, 2019 - 5:45 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The bodies of an Oregon mother and her 3-year-old son have been found more than a month after they vanished, hidden in a forest where the boy's father cut wood, authorities said Monday. "Really good detective work" led authorities to find the bodies of Karissa and Billy Fretwell...
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This undated photo provided by the University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang. The parents of the visiting University of Illinois scholar who disappeared two years ago have arrived in Illinois from China for the murder trial of the man accused of abducting and killing her. Former Illinois student Brendt Christensen is charged with Zheng, whose body hasn't been found. He pleaded not guilty and his trial is set to begin Monday, June 3, 2019. (Courtesy of the University of Illinois Police Department via AP)
June 12, 2019 - 1:43 pm
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Wednesday shared with jurors grisly details of how they claim a former University of Illinois doctoral student kidnapped a visiting scholar from China who aspired to return home and become a professor, then brutally beat and killed her. pening statements...
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June 06, 2019 - 7:58 am
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Authorities in Ghana say two Canadians on an exchange program have been abducted. Police and local media say the two were attending Kumasi Technical University in the West African country's second-largest city. Guillaume Berube, spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, told The...
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This undated photo provided by the University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang. The parents of the visiting University of Illinois scholar who disappeared two years ago have arrived in Illinois from China for the murder trial of the man accused of abducting and killing her. Former Illinois student Brendt Christensen is charged with Zheng, whose body hasn't been found. He pleaded not guilty and his trial is set to begin Monday, June 3, 2019. (Courtesy of the University of Illinois Police Department via AP)
June 03, 2019 - 6:45 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge began vetting would-be jurors Monday in the death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois physics student charged with kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting Chinese scholar. Brendt Christensen, 29, looked on in a dress shirt from a defense table as the...
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Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, who was arrested in Moscow at the end of last year, waits for a hearing in a court in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 24, 2019. The American was detained at the end of December for alleged spying. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
June 03, 2019 - 6:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The arrest of a Michigan corporate security executive on espionage allegations in Russia seemed to his family like a horrible mistake, a misunderstanding that could be quickly resolved with help from the U.S. government. But it hasn't worked out that way. Six months later, and...
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FILE - This photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen. Jury selection starts Monday, June 3, 2019 in Peoria, Ill., for the federal trial of Christensen in the 2017 disappearance and suspected killing of Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar from China whose body hasn’t been found. (Macon County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
June 02, 2019 - 2:31 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A former University of Illinois graduate student is set to stand trial in the 2017 disappearance and suspected killing of a visiting scholar from China whose body hasn't been found. Jury selection starts Monday in Peoria for the federal trial of 29-year-old Brent Christensen, who...
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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2012 photo, Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, aka "Marrufo", is escorted by police officers during his presentation to the media in Mexico City. Marrufo, accused of running a wing of the violent Mexican border cartel led by convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been extradited to Texas to face charges. faces an initial court appearance Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in El Paso on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, money laundering and drug distribution. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte File)
May 29, 2019 - 10:39 pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Mexican man accused of running a death squad for convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was due in a Texas courtroom on Wednesday to face a raft of charges. U.S. prosecutors announced Tuesday that Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo had been extradited to Texas on 2012...
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Jake Patterson walked into court for his sentencing in the murder of James and Denise Closs at the Barron County Justice Center in Barron, Wis., on Friday, May 24, 2019. Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright told a judge during Jake Patterson's sentencing hearing Friday that Patterson would never stop trying to find and possibly kill Jayme Closs if he gets out of prison.(Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)
May 24, 2019 - 10:37 pm
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents after the girl told the judge she that wanted him "locked up forever" for trying to steal her. Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of...
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This updated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Bobby Joe Long in custody. Long, is scheduled to be executed Thursday, May 23, 2019, for killing 10 women during eight months in 1984 that terrorized the Tampa Bay area. He was sentenced to 401 years in prison, 28 life sentences and one death sentence. His execution is for the murder of 22-year-old Michelle Simms. (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 7:28 pm
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Execution-Serial Killer (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Convicted serial killer Bobby Joe Long had no last words before he was executed for a 1984 murder spree that claimed 10 women. Witnesses say the 65-year-old Long simply closed his eyes as the lethal injection...
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This booking photo from the Fort Worth Police Department shows Michael Webb under arrest on Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Texas. Webb has been charged in the abduction of an 8-year-old girl who was snatched from a street in Fort Worth, Texas, as she walked with her mother. Fort Worth police say the girl was found safe Sunday, about eight hours later, at a hotel in nearby Forest Hill. Webb was arrested at the scene on an aggravated kidnapping charge. (The Fort Worth Police Department via AP)
May 21, 2019 - 7:44 am
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Authorities say police visited the motel room of a Texas man suspected of kidnapping an 8-year-old girl but didn't see the child, who was eventually found safe about two hours later. Michael Webb is charged with aggravated kidnapping after authorities say he snatched the...
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