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Ohio Craigslist Killings: Mother Says Teen Son Is Innocent

Comstock/Thinkstock(AKRON, Ohio) -- The mother of the teenage boy arrested in connection with what has been dubbed the "Craiglist killings" in Ohio claims that her son was manipulated by the 52-year-old pastor with whom he was arrested on suspicion of multiple murders.

Brogan Rafferty, a 16-year-old high school junior from a suburb outside of Akron, Ohio, was arrested on alleged attempted murder charges for his involvement in a plot to lure multiple men to remote rural areas via a help wanted ad posted on the online classified ad site Craigslist, and killing them.

His mother, Yvette Rafferty, told ABC's Good Morning America on Monday that her son "made a bad decision hanging around the wrong person" when he began spending time with Rich Beasley, who is also a suspect in the murders.

"Brogan looked up to Chaplain Rich Beasley," she said.  "For 10 years now he's been taking the church and Bible studies...I know one thing, my son told me that he didn't do it.  And I believe it.  There is a monster here.  But it's not my son."

"I believe he put his trust in someone in...he's a very smart kid but sometimes when you're not seeing the whole picture, you just believe...that that person is gonna lead you in the right way," the boy's mother told ABC News.

Beasley, who worked as an unpaid chaplain, was arrested on Nov. 16 along with Brogan Rafferty when authorities discovered at least three bodies buried in shallow graves in Ohio.  An online posting advertising a job working on an Ohio cattle farm is being eyed as a common link in the deaths.

The victims that responded to the online ad were told to bring all of their belongings, as they would also be living on the farm, which does not exist. Police said they believe robbery was the motive in the three murders and one attempted murder.

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Ambush-Style Killings of Cops on the Rise

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While violent crime keeps going down in the U.S., 50 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty this year.

The incidence of police slain by gunfire has jumped 32 percent from this same point in 2010, reports USA Today.  More disturbing is the fact that 40 percent of the fatalities were the result of ambush-style attacks, according to the newspaper's reviews of case summaries and discussions with cops.

Commenting on this trend, Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier this month, "Too many guns have fallen into the hands of those who are not legally permitted to possess them."

He has ordered a review of officer safety, in particular, to find way for officers to survive ambush-style attacks.

Ambush killings of police have risen steadily over the years when just 10 percent of these fatalities were reported in 1994.

Criminologists told USA Today that it appears gunmen are now aiming their weapons above bullet-proof vests in order to strike their targets in either the head or neck.

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Philadelphia Doctor Charged With Killing Babies

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- A Philadelphia doctor has been charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a woman and seven babies. Prosecutors call it the case of a doctor "who killed babies and endangered women." 

Doctor Kermit Gosnell has been accused of murdering seven newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors.  He and his staff are also charged with killing a patient who was given a lethal dose of Demerol. Court records say the clinic he ran in west Philadelphia "reeked of animal urine and scattered throughout in jars, bags and cabinets were fetal remains.  They say Gosnell's business "was not health; it was profit."  

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