January 8: Natalie Sumner, 18, becomes Boston’s first homicide victim of 2006, shot to death in a Brighton apartment.
SALACIOUS DETAILS: One after another the Herald paraded female victims across its front pages.
January 17: The Supreme Judicial Court rules the state can remove Haleigh Poutre, 11, who was allegedly beaten into a coma by her Westfield parents, from life support.
January 20: Rachel Entwistle, 27, and her baby, Lillian, are shot to death, allegedly by husband Neil Entwistle, in their Hopkinton home.
February 26: Imette St. Guillen, 24, of Dorchester, is killed in New York after a night out drinking.
March 13: A dancer hired for a Duke University lacrosse-team party alleges that she was raped by several of them.
March 21: A man shoots his estranged girlfriend and himself in front of a Mass Ave brownstone in Boston’s South End; he dies, she survives.
April 2: Jill Carroll, a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, returns to Boston after nearly three months of captivity in Iraq.
April 15: Velveena Baskin, 38, is beaten, kicked, punched, and strangled to death in East Boston, allegedly by husband Whitney Baskin.
April 29: The badly burned body of Dominique Samuels, 19, is discovered in Franklin Park; police allege that she was strangled to death by an acquaintance in her Roxbury apartment.
May 20: Jeremias Bins allegedly bludgeons to death his wife, Carla Souza, and her 11-year-old son in their Framingham apartment.
May 25: Bernadette DePina, 49, is killed in her New Bedford home; police suspect the murder was in retaliation against her son, who is accused of a recent gang murder.
June 5: East Brookfield police officer Robert Morrow Jr. commits suicide one day after being charged with attempting to kill his wife.
June 23: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brett Myers allegedly drags his wife, Kim Myers, by the hair and slaps her across the face outside a Back Bay hotel.
July 18: Police charge former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson with twisting his wife’s arm behind her back and repeatedly pushing her head into a bookcase in their Weston home.
July 22: Analicia Perry, 20, visits a shrine to her murdered brother in the South End and is shot to death.
August 11: Dorchester’s Ella J. Baker House fires a staff worker accused of raping a teenage girl he was mentoring.
August 16: Police in Thailand arrest John Mark Karr for the 1996 murder of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado.
August 24: Christopher A. Williams, 25, formerly of Springfield, Massachusetts, kills his former girlfriend’s mother and a teacher at an Essex, Vermont, school.
September 5: Police find the chopped-up bodies of three women at the Black Bear Bed & Breakfast in Newry, Maine; they charge a short-order cook with the murders.
September 27: A gunman takes six girls hostage in a Colorado classroom, sexually assaults them, and kills one.
October 2: A man fatally shoots five girls and injures five more in a Pennsylvania school in Amish country.
October 13: The body of missing University of Vermont student Michelle Gardner-Quinn, 21, is found in Richmond, allegedly slain by a 36-year-old man.
October 16: The trial begins for the 2002 Truro, Massachusetts, murder of Christa Worthington.
October 17: After a two-day manhunt, police arrest a man in Dorchester and charge him with fatally shooting New Hampshire police officer Michael Briggs, after Briggs responded to a domestic-violence call.
October 18: Kerry Healey begins airing a television ad in which a woman walks through a dark parking garage while a voiceover talks about convicted rapist Benjamin LaGuer.
November 2: Sandra Reavis, 39, is stabbed and beaten to death in her Dorchester home, allegedly by her husband, Niles Reavis.
November 15: Publicists announce plans to release a book by O.J. Simpson explaining how he “hypothetically” murdered his wife, Nicole Brown, in 1994.
November 30: Police arrest 23-year-old Darren Thompson, of Shrewsbury, on weapons charges, alleging that he was planning to kill “teenybopper” girls.
December 1: After several fruitless searches, police find the buried body of Aislin Silva in Peabody; Silva was killed in 1996 at age 19 to prevent her from testifying against gang leaders.