The hot weeks of summer typically see a spike in crime, and this August in the St. Louis metro area was no exception. As of today, the city of St. Louis has seen 71 murders in 2013 with about ten homicides over the last thirty or so days.
The murder count was just over 80 at this same time last year.
In addition to some incredibly tragic violence, August was no slow news month when it comes to the bizarre and unimaginable stories. From strange 911 calls to nude stalking to truly horrific cases of domestic violence, we've rounded up the top twelve worst crimes of the month below. Here's to hoping September is quieter.
This was by far the worst case of animal abuse to occur in the city of St. Louis in August -- and was especially disturbing given that it came just a month after a very similar case.
Police are still searching for the person who poured gasoline on a healthy north St. Louis pit bull named Zeus, setting him on fire and burning him so badly that he had to be euthanized soon after he was discovered.
Shootouts on the street are never a good idea and always deserve swift and serious punishment, but a dispute between Antonio Witherspoon, twenty, and Larry Thomas, nineteen, in the Carr Square neighborhood last month earned special scrutiny.
That's because one of their bullets hit a twelve-year-old girl -- who was playing in a nearby park.
Continue for more crimes of August, 2013.
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