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South Korea police apologizes over botched serial killer case

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:38 PM

At the time a record number of police officers for a single case were mobilized to try to find the killer, investigating some 21,000 individuals and comparing the fingerprints of around 20,000 more without success

U.S. 'Golden State Killer' pleads guilty to 13 murders

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:48 AM

He also confesses to dozens of rapes, robberies, and kidnappings

KILLER. Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected 'Golden State Killer,' appears in court for his arraignment on April 27, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

LOOK: 'The Killer Bride' actor Miko Raval engaged to girlfriend Kaira Dimatulac

Jan 01, 2020 - 3:41 PM

The actor proposes to his longtime girlfriend in Korea

Thailand reverses ban on weed killer linked to cancer

Nov 27, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Glyphsate, also known as Roundup, remains popular among farmers in Thailand – one of the world's leading rice and sugar producers – who are among the heaviest users of pesticides in a sector that employs 40% of the population

5 times ‘The Killer Bride’ got real

Oct 04, 2019 - 3:33 PM

Could this horror teleserye be the wokest show on local TV right now?

NOW STARRING. Janella Salvador plays as Emma Bonaobra in 'The Killer Bride.' Screenshot from

Cyprus police find remains of Filipino child victim of 'serial killer'

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:43 AM

(UPDATED) A police spokesman says that the 'small human body in a state of decay recovered in the lake is believed to be of six-year-old Filipina Sierra-Graze, whose mother, Mary Rose Tiburcio, was the first victim to be found on April 14

VICTIM #7. Forensic police transport what they believe are the remains of a six-year-old Filipina from a lake at Xyliatos, southwest of the Cypriot capital Nicosia, on June 12, 2019.   Photo by Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP

Cyprus finds suspected remains of sixth 'serial killer' victim

Jun 07, 2019 - 7:52 AM

The suitcase is thought to contain the body of missing Filipina Maricar Valdez

Cyprus investigators searching for victims of a suspected serial killer recovered on June 4, 2019 a third suitcase thought to contain the remains of a Filipina woman at the bottom of the man-made Red Lake out of the village of Mitsero, southwest of the Cypriot capital Nicosia . A Greek Cypriot army officer is in custody since April 2019 after reportedly confessing to murdering five foreign women and two of their daughters in a string of killings that have left the Mediterranean holiday island in shock. The police have so far recovered five bodies, including remains dumped inside two other suitcases found in the same lake.  Iakovos Hatzistavrou / AFP

German killer nurse gets life for 85 hospital murders

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:54 AM

(UPDATED) Judge Sebastian Buehrmann calls Niels Hoegel's killing spree 'incomprehensible'

SERIAL KILLER. Former nurse Niels Hoegel, accused of killing more than 100 patients in his care, sits in the courtroom during a hearing in his trial, on November 22, 2018 in Oldenburg, northern Germany. Hoegel, 41, has already spent nearly a decade in prison for other patient deaths, and is accused of intentionally administering medical overdoses to victims so he could bring them back to life at the last moment. Mohssen Assanimoghaddam / POOL / AFP

'Killer' cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:24 AM

Researchers in Australia say that 'killer T cells' – found in over half the world's population – have shown in testing to be effective in fighting all common flu varieties

Climate change pushing killer whales to migrate north

Jan 28, 2019 - 4:35 PM

'In the long term, they're going to move even further north. If the stocks were to diminish it would be an environmental catastrophe for whales, orcas, sea birds and cod,' warns the Undersea Soft Encounter Alliance

Hired killers strike in Ilocos Sur and Abra just before gun ban

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Two are killed in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, and another one in Pilar, Abra, days before the gun ban's start on January 13

German nurse serial killer on trial over 100 deaths

Oct 30, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Niels Hoegel is accused of intentionally administering medical overdoses to victims so he could bring them back to life at the last moment

GRUESOME. Police officers stand in front of the Weser-Ems-Hallen building where the trial of former nurse Niels Hoegel, who is accused of killing more than 100 patients in his care, starts on October 2018 in Oldenburg, northern Germany. Photo by  Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Japan's 'Twitter killer' charged with 9 counts of murder

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:48 PM

Takahiro Shiraishi is charged with murder after admitting killing and butchering all 9 of his victims – all but one of whom were women aged between 15 and 26

Activists urge killer robot ban 'before it is too late'

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:08 AM

'Killer robots are no longer the stuff of science fiction,' says Rasha Abdul Rahim, Amnesty International's advisor on artificial intelligence and human rights

SOLDIER BOT. A group of men look at a exoskeleton robot at the 2018 World Robot Conference in Beijing on August 15, 2018. Photo for illustration purposes only. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:24 PM

Here is the state of play regarding lawsuits and restrictions on the use of glyphosate around the world

GLYPHOSATE. Roundup products are seen for sale at a store in San Rafael, California, on July, 9, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Dua Lipa, Jay Chou, The Killers to perform at Singapore Grand Prix 2018

May 24, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Plus Liam Gallagher and Martin Garrix!

HEADLINER. Dua Lipa is among the artists slated to perform at the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix. Screenshot from

Academics call boycott on South Korean university over 'killer robots'

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, a state-run university is now being criticized by experts for reportedly working with defense company, Hanwha Systems, to develop AI technology in weapons

HAN THE ROBOT. The robot pictured here is not one of the 'killer robots' said to be in development at a South Korean institute. Han was a model used to represent robots at a discussion about the future of humanity and artificial intelligence (AI) by Hanson Robotics at the RISE Technology Conference in Hong Kong on July 12, 2017. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Philippines hails death sentence vs Demafelis killers

Apr 02, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano calls this 'a very important development in our quest for justice' for Joanna Demafelis, who was found dead in Kuwait

OFW'S REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down upon seeing the crate containing her sister's body as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: Baby Killer

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'American Ripper': What it's like when you discover your ancestor's a serial killer

Nov 21, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Jeff Mudgett, narrator of the new HISTORY documentary ‘American Ripper’ lets us in on his horrible family secret

HH HOLMES. The 19th century serial killer is the focus of a new crime documentary narrated by his own descendant. Photo from History

Dela Rosa on Undas, Japan invests in PH, Trump aides charged | Evening wRap

Oct 31, 2017 - 8:25 PM

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8 creepy shows, documentaries to binge-watch this Halloween

Oct 31, 2017 - 4:34 PM

Between shows like 'Stranger Things' and documentaries like 'Interview with a Serial Killer,' you'll have your eyes glued to the screen throughout the midweek holidays

'STRANGER THINGS.' The creepy show that's set in the '80s is just one of the shows you can binge-watch on Halloween. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Fear, confusion as Uganda 'serial killer' murders pile up

Sep 16, 2017 - 5:24 PM

'We don't have one serial killer on the loose, but we have a group of people,' says the Uganda police

Caloocan cop, suspect killed in one-time, big-time operation

Sep 08, 2017 - 9:19 AM

Police Officer 3 Junior Hilario and the suspect Jason dela Cruz are killed following a shooting encounter in Caloocan City

COP KILLED. PO3 Junior Hilario died after a shootout with a crime suspect. Rappler file photo

German killer nurse murdered 'at least 90 patients' – police

Aug 28, 2017 - 6:47 PM

Niels Hoegel 40 was jailed in February 2015 for two murders and several attempted murders of intensive care patients

France bans captive breeding of dolphins, killer whales

May 07, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Animal rights activists hail the ban as a historic French advance

U.S. 'Facebook killer' takes own life after police chase

Apr 19, 2017 - 12:19 AM

UPDATED Steve Stephens 37 had been the subject of a nationwide manhunt in the wake of Sunday s killing in Cleveland

STEVE STEPHENS. A photo of suspect Stephens, who is wanted for aggravated murder by the Cleveland, Ohio Police. Image from Cleveland Police at

Duterte, De Lima, South Korea | Evening wRap

Dec 19, 2016 - 9:20 PM

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The fall of Rurik Jutting: From high-flying banker to murderer

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:10 PM

She was unlucky to be the person in my flat when I realized that physically hurting someone under cocaine was something I gained satisfaction from

GUILTY. British banker Rurik Jutting, found guilty for the grisly murders of two women, smiles as he sits in a prison van leaving the eastern court in Hong Kong on November 10, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Taiwan mistakenly fires missile towards China, hitting trawler

Jul 01, 2016 - 2:16 PM

UPDATED The Hsiung feng III Brave Wind missile flies about 75 kilometers before plunging into waters off Penghu a Taiwanese administered island group in the Taiwan Strait

CARRIER KILLER MISSILE. Taiwan's Hsiung Feng III missile is displayed during Taiwan's National Day parade in Taipei, Taiwan, 10 October 2007. File photo by Eddie Cheng/EPA

Orlando shooting, Christina Grimmie, K-12 in PH | 12PM wRap

Jun 13, 2016 - 1:19 PM

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Christina Grimmie alleged killer identified

Jun 12, 2016 - 9:08 AM

The suspect traveled to Orlando apparently to commit this crime Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters

Italian nurse accused of killing 13 patients

Mar 31, 2016 - 8:05 PM

UPDATED Fausta Bonino allegedly killed the patients in 2014 and 2015 by giving them a blood thinning drug

epa05237414 Carabinieri captain Gennaro Riccardi shows a phial containing heparin during a press conference in Livorno, Italy, 31 March 2016. A female nurse was arrested by Carabinieri police on 31 March for allegedly killing 13 patients at a hospital in the Tuscan town of Piombino, near Livorno, in 2014 and 2015. The dead patients were in hospital's intensive care unit with a range of different pathologies. She allegedly used medicines that were not part of the patients' therapies to kill them, sources said. EPA/FRANCO SILVI

Poe accusers to SC, PH vs China, SeaWorld orcas | 6PM wRap

Mar 18, 2016 - 7:27 PM

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SeaWorld to stop breeding killer whales

Mar 17, 2016 - 11:50 PM

SeaWorld currently holds 7 orcas in Orlando Florida; 5 in San Antonio Texas; and 11 in San Diego California

ORCAS. At approximately 9:22 am, Tuesday, December 21, 2004, a baby killer whale was born at SeaWorld San Diego. Kasatka, a 28-year-old whale, gave birth after a little more than two hours of labor. File Photo by EPA

Kanye West, Strokes to play New York's Governors Ball

Jan 09, 2016 - 5:31 PM

Beck Robyn The Killers and Death Cab for Cutie are also part of the event s line up

SeaWorld to do away with killer whale show

Nov 10, 2015 - 10:29 AM

SeaWorld says that the orca show will be replaced in 2017 with a new informative attraction in a more natural setting

KILLER WHALE. SeaWorld announces that they plan to phase out their signature orca show. Screengrab from Facebook/SeaWorld

Swedish sword killer was Hitler fan, targeted immigrants

Oct 23, 2015 - 10:00 PM

The killer targeted those with dark complexions

REMEMBRANCE. People stand by candles and flowers outside the primary and middle school Kronan in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Enrile release, ‘ghost’ citizens, FPJ’s birthday | 6PM wRap

Aug 20, 2015 - 8:31 PM

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'Possible sightings' in US hunt for escaped killers

Jun 21, 2015 - 6:58 AM

After two sightings police are expanding the hunt which appears to be closing in on the two killers

FUGITIVES. New York State Police handout composite image released 17 June 2015 showing possible appearance changes in convicted murderers David Sweat (L) and Richard Matt (R) who escaped from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, USA, 06 June 2015. Photo by New York State Police/EPA

Pacquiao has lost his killer instinct, says Roach

Feb 21, 2015 - 12:45 AM

“Does he have the killer instinct he once had? I don t think so says Roach who worries Pacquiao may let Mayweather off the hook if he hurts him

NOT THE SAME KILLER. Manny Pacquiao will have to become more aggressive if a planned fight with Floyd Mayweather occurs. Photo by Alexis Cuarezma/Getty Images/AFP

Too much or pretty cool? 4 scary Halloween pranks

Oct 31, 2014 - 9:53 PM

An alien invasion a devil s daughter and killer clown test your courage

On misogyny: A challenge to men

Jun 23, 2014 - 6:00 PM

Rape culture is deeply embedded in many societies and puts women at an ever present risk So long as it exists men will be pressured to get rid of their virginity by all means while women pay the price for it

Vegas cop killers had pro-gun militia links

Jun 10, 2014 - 8:34 AM

UPDATED US authorities say the suspects appear to equate government and law enforcement and those who support it with Nazis

Killer whales die in rare New Zealand mass stranding

Feb 12, 2014 - 2:34 PM

The pod comprising 8 adults and one juvenile beached themselves at the remote Blue Cliffs Beach on the far south coast of the South Island

MASS STRANDING. A pod of beached killer whales at the remote Blue Cliffs Beach on the far south coast of the South Island, 12 February 2014. Image courtesy Department of Conservation, New Zealand

Why they won't airdrop relief goods

Nov 13, 2013 - 9:16 PM

It might just complicate the security situation and goods might not reach the target recipients says Air Force spokesperson Colonel Miguel Okol

TRUGGLING. Children pull sacks of goods they recovered from abandoned stores as they go past the rubble of houses in Tacloban city. Photo by EPA/Dennis Sabangan

Bohol ghost town struggles after quake

Oct 18, 2013 - 8:44 AM

Aftershocks cause additional damage after the quake but residents ask: where would they go?

Surviving The Killers

Oct 01, 2013 - 9:00 AM

US rock band fulfills long awaited Manila gig

HOT FUSS. The Killers were here. Photo from the band’s Facebook

'Johnny Depp of Japan' to do PH film

Sep 28, 2013 - 5:40 PM

Tadanobu Asano in Manila for Pusong Wazak Ruined Heart latest project by filmmaker Khavn dela Cruz

'MACHO.' Asano has also undermined his persona with sensitive performances. Photo from his Facebook

The Shortlist: September 22-28

Sep 21, 2013 - 10:13 AM

Here s a list of events you might want to check out this coming week