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After Atheist’s Tragic Murder-Suicide, Friends and Family Share Their Thoughts

Earlier this week, longtime atheist activist Scott Smith killed his wife Jennifer Smith, then himself, in what authorities called a “suspected murder-suicide.” Their three daughters no longer have their parents.

We still don’t know why this happened — the story includes elements of PTSD, mental illness, domestic violence, and access to a gun — but Seth Andrews attempted to shed new light on the situation by speaking with as many people as he could (on short notice) who knew the couple.

He spoke with Aaron Smith (Scott’s 27-year-old son from a previous relationship), a panel of people from San Antonio who knew the couple personally (including Scott’s podcast co-host), and mental health professional Hector Garcia.

I listened to the conversations last night. It didn’t bring any real closure to the situation — as if anything could — but what struck me is how shocking all of this was

Read more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/12/02/after-atheists-tragic-murder-suicide-friends-and-family-share-their-thoughts/

The Second Season of ‘American Crime Story’ Will Investigate the Murder of Gianni Versace

For those hoping for a TV break from Ryan Murphy after American Horror Story: Cult, I have some bad news: Murphy’s particular brand of television will be back in January. The good news, however, is that it looks pretty damn good.

Building off of the Emmy-winning first season of American Crime Story, which tackled the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, Murphy’s anthology series will return to investigate another ’90s death that rocked the tabloids: the assassination of fashionista Gianni Versace by spree killer Andrew Cunanan.

The first trailer, which debuted Thursday night during the finale of AHS: Cult, shows off the new season’s stellar cast, including Edgar Ramirez as Versace, Darren Criss as Cunanan, Ricky Martin as Versace’s lover Antonio D’Amico, and Penelope Cruz as Versace’s sister, Donatella. Cruz, especially, looks like she’s having the time of her life, sporting a blond wig and a bizarre Italian accent

Read more at: https://www.theringer.com/tv/2017/11/15/16656916/american-crime-story-versace-trailer

‘Mass Murder’: Four People Dead, Gunman Killed in Tehama County, Northern California

A gunman “randomly picking targets” killed four people and injured at least 10 others, including two children, in a shooting rampage Tuesday during which he fired into an elementary school in rural Northern California, sheriff’s officials said.

The alleged gunman was shot dead by Tehama County law enforcement officials. Officers recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, which they believe were used by the shooter, according to Assistant Tehama County Sheriff Phil Johnston. 

“People died here today,” Johnston said. “This is a very tragic event for all of us. There are children involved. It’s an emotional thing.”

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Johnston said the gunman

Read more at: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Fatal-Tehama-County-Shooting-457497863.html

Killer of 8 drops to knees to apologize for bi-state murder spree, but families of victims scoff

HILLSBORO • A man who killed six people in Illinois nine years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering a couple at a hotel in Festus — and then dropped to his knees to apologize for what he did.


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Nicholas Sheley has been convicted of six murders in Illinois and is charged with killing a couple in Festus.

Judge Gary Kramer sentenced Nicholas Sheley to life without

Read more at: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/spree-killer-pleads-guilty-of-murdering-couple-in-festus-offers/article_ea8a0f2b-ad70-5840-947c-5b4f93f13df9.html

Killer of 8 drops to knees to apologize for bi-state murder spree, but …

HILLSBORO • A man who killed six people in Illinois nine years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering a couple at a hotel in Festus — and then dropped to his knees to apologize for what he did.


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Nicholas Sheley has been convicted of six murders in Illinois and is charged with killing a couple in Festus.

Judge Gary Kramer sentenced Nicholas Sheley to life without

Read more at: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/spree-killer-pleads-guilty-of-murdering-couple-in-festus-offers/article_ea8a0f2b-ad70-5840-947c-5b4f93f13df9.html

Spree killer pleads guilty to murder of couple in Festus

UPDATES throughout with Sheley’s apology, family reaction

HILLSBORO • A man who killed six people in Illinois nine years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering a couple at a hotel in Festus — and then dropped to his knees to apologize for what he did. 

Judge Gary Kramer sentenced Nicholas Sheley to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of Tom and Jill Estes. He also sentenced Sheley to 75 years for two counts of armed criminal action. 

But the sentence wasn’t enough for some of the couple’s survivors, who say Missouri prosecutors dashed their hope for a chance at the death penalty. About 40 people filled the courtroom for the hourlong hearing, most of them relatives and friends of his eight victims.

When Sheley was asked if he had something to say, he spoke publicly for the first time in his court proceedings.

He read a 20-minute statement that said he

Read more at: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/spree-killer-pleads-guilty-to-murder-of-couple-in-festus/article_ea8a0f2b-ad70-5840-947c-5b4f93f13df9.html