Latest detective Stories

2006-04-04 04:50:17

By Ed Stoddard KAGISO, South Africa (Reuters) - A South African detective shot dead eight people including four fellow officers and a one-year-old baby before police killed him, a spokeswoman for the force said on Tuesday. The killing spree in Kagiso township west of Johannesburg was shocking even by the standards of South Africa, which has one of the world's highest rates of violent crime. "We are still trying to establish a motive," said police spokeswoman Mary...

2006-03-07 05:14:25

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Conan O'Brien and his former sidekick on NBC's "Late Night," Andy Richter, are reuniting for NBC primetime, and this time Richter is the leading man. The network has ordered "Andy Barker P.I.," a detective comedy pilot starring Richter, which O'Brien co-wrote and is executive producing. Richter plays the title character, an accountant who sets up a business in an office formerly belonging to a private investigator. As he starts...

2006-02-26 05:28:55

LONDON (Reuters) - Police hunting the gang who stole up to 50 million pounds from a security depot in Kent last week said on Sunday the net was closing as they found arms, clothing and transport equipment they believe was used in the heist. The theft, early on Wednesday, is believed to have been the biggest in the country's history and sparked a huge police manhunt and forensic operation. Police said items found on Saturday in an abandoned white van not far from the scene of the...

2005-09-13 04:16:48

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The mystery of who will play teenage detective Nancy Drew has been solved: Emma Roberts has signed on to play the sleuth in a big-screen version of the long-running book series. Roberts, 14, who stars in Nickelodeon's tween hit "Unfabulous" and is the daughter of Eric Roberts and the niece of Julia Roberts, is set to release her debut album this month on Columbia Records. In the film, "Nancy Drew: The Mystery in Hollywood Hills," the...

2005-08-17 07:27:09

By Ian MacKenzie EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Best-selling Russian novelist Boris Akunin says the problems his country faces today remind him of the upheavals afflicting Russia over a century ago. Akunin, pen-name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, is one of the most widely read authors in Russia, with over 10 million copies sold of his series of novels featuring Erast Fandorin, a gentleman detective in the 19th Century. He published his first detective stories in 1998 and four of his Fandorin...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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