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“The Road Movie” Exploits Pain and Death, Courtesy of Russian Dashboard-Camera Footage

“The Road Movie,” which opens today, is, in effect, a snuff film, and the only reason not to call it that is to avoid attracting viewers who want to see a snuff film. “The Road Movie,” made (it’s hard to say directed) by Dimitrii Kalashnikov, is a compilation and montage of dashboard-camera videos, which he grabbed off the Internet, that record events viewed mainly through the windshields of cars in Russia. The videos, many of which rack up millions of views on YouTube, are fixed-frame—a surveillance-like static camera that looks…

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Suicide pact trial: Natasha Gordon jailed over Rutland Water death

A woman who backed out of a suicide pact, leaving a man to die alone, has been given a four-year jail term. Natasha Gordon, 44, was convicted at Leicester Crown Court in December, two years after Matthew Birkinshaw, 31, was found dead in his car at Rutland Water. She met the postman, from Walsall, West Midlands, on an internet forum where she agreed to be his “suicide partner”. Gordon, described as a “suicide advocate” in court, was found guilty of encouraging Mr Birkinshaw’s suicide. The court was told that after…

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Dolores O'Riordan: Police say death is not suspicious

The death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan is not being treated as suspicious by the Metropolitan Police. Police also confirmed a report was being compiled ready to hand to the coroner’s office to investigate the causes of O’Riordan’s death. The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, died in London suddenly on Monday, aged 46. The Cranberries enjoyed international success in the 1990s with singles including Linger and Zombie. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the police were called to a hotel in Park Lane at 09:05 GMT on Monday, where “a woman…

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The man who received death threats for taking his wife's surname

Mr and Mrs Phillips on their wedding day. Photo: Natalie Reilly When Sydney-sider Grant Phillips announced on Facebook that he’d changed his name to his wife’s after they got married he wasn’t expecting to be turned into an international news headline. Phillips had thought he was just making a fairly innocuous status update to let his friends know that it was still him, but it prompted a flurry of media attention across the globe, from Ireland to the United States. And an avalanche of abuse by strangers wishing his violent death. “Go kill…

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Murder arrests over male model's death

A young male model has died after being found stabbed in a London street. Two men were arrested after the 25-year-old was discovered fatally wounded in Old Oak Road, East Acton, at about 16:00 GMT on Thursday. GQ magazine has named him as Harry Uzoka, a model who had recently done a photo shoot for them. Friends and fans, including fellow models and a singer, have paid tribute to Mr Uzoka, describing him as an “inspiration to young black men”. Two men aged 27 and 28 were arrested near to…

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Sophie Lionnet death: Couple admit burning French nanny's body

A couple who deny murdering a French nanny have admitted they tried to dispose of her body by burning it. The charred remains of Sophie Lionnet, 21, were discovered in the garden at a house in Southfields on 20 September. Police were initially unable to identify the body but later confirmed it was Ms Lionnet, originally from Troyes in north-east France. Sabrina Kouider, 34, and her partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. At the Old Bailey, the pair, of Wimbledon Park Road, Wandsworth, south…

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Outing Death

Advertisement I was hauling my wheelie toward the boarding gate for a New York-bound flight when an alert popped up on my iPhone. Its message was terse: “Don’t forget, you’re going to die.” I was rattled, weirdly clammy, but finally resigned. I had, after all, signed on for this sobering reminder, parting with 99 cents for WeCroak, a jaunty little app devised to notify users like me, five times a day at seemingly random intervals, that try as we may to ignore it, there will be no dodging The End….

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