The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for two St. Louis fugitives that were allegedly part of a massive auto theft ring that involved 21 men and women, more than a hundred luxury cars -- and spanned across Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana for five years. Reginald Dante McNeary, a.k.a. ... More >>
Here's one way to successfully rob a bank, courtesy of the Columbia, Illinois Police Department: Put on a gray wig and red lipstick and hand the teller a note stating your intentions (and the fact that you have a gun). And with a good enough disguise, you just may escape the scene of the crime wit ... More >>
In the St. Louis metropolitan region, there appear to be two types of bank robbers. First, there are the traditional types who hit various branches in the city, clad in pedestrian bank-robbing garb like old-man masks, ski caps and McDonald's uniforms. Then, there is another, higher class o ... More >>
The FBI released its annual batch of data on hate crimes earlier this week, offering a breakdown by state and jurisdiction. Here's the most curious thing that jumps out immediately: Number of hate crimes reported last year in Kansas City, population 484,191: 76 Number of hate crimes reporte ... More >>
Breeann Rodriguez disappeared Saturday while riding her bike in the Missouri Bootheel.The St. Louis division of the FBI has joined the effort to locate three-year-old Breeann Rodriguez. Breeann was last seen Saturday, riding her bicycle in her hometown of Senath in the Missouri Bootheel. Yesterda ... More >>
FBI: Don't fall sway to the Dark Side!Yes, they're incredibly cool and freak the hell out of your cat. But c'mon, people. Quit shooting your laser pointers at airplanes and helicopters. According to officials at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, at least two aircraft a month in the region ... More >>
image viaDig out your old WWII Colossus code-breaking computer: The FBI has got a case for you.If you ever had fantasies of being a World War II code-breaker or joining the CSI team (choose your city), now's your chance. The FBI is officially stumped in the case of Ricky McCormick, whose body ... More >>
Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: A legendary NYC restaurant, a picture on its wall and the FBI: http://nyti.ms/dFJied Great NYT story. Though disappointed the article doesn't explain how ... More >>
Congressman Billy Long holds the seat long held by now-Senator Roy Blunt.Call it the Tucson effect.Less than a week after a 22-year-old Jared Loughner shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the head outside a Tucson supermarket, killing six bystanders and wounding fourteen others, the FBI paid ... More >>
Image viaThe feds are comin' after Bishop MartyWe get asked about this almost weekly since publishing the feature, White Collar Crime, last summer, so here goes: Federal authorities have NOT yet indicted Anglican American Bishop Marty Sigillito, who stands accused by dozens of folks for run ... More >>
A record heist. A jail break. And now a kidnapping? Who says sequels are never as good as the original?The FBI announced today that two teenage girls believed to be related to one of the suspects in August's multi-million robbery of ATM Solutions were kidnapped and held for ransom this week. Four ... More >>
Updated 11:40 a.m. with response from St. Louis police department. We're No. 1! Again. After first being named "America's Most Dangerous City" in 2006 and coming in second place last year, St. Louis has once again reached the top. This morning CQ Press released its annual crime rankings com ... More >>
The blade of the knife appears to be parallel to the surveillance camera in this photo, though you can see the shadow of the knife against the counter.The FBI and local law enforcement is on the lookout for a man who robbed a PNC Bank in Des Peres yesterday. The robbery occurred around 10:30 a.m. ... More >>
Click here to read the filing!Clayton attorney and American Anglican bishop Marty Sigillito stands accused in civil court of running a $45 million Ponzi scheme. He's currently under federal investigation. See our feature, "White Collar Crime." Bishop Marty Sigillito wants his stuff back. The fed ... More >>
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been found guilty of one count of lying to the FBI -- even as the jury hearing the case against him deadlocked on an additional 23 counts, according to wire reports.Oh, Rod. Not again!The judge has indicated he'll declare a mistrial. That means a new t ... More >>
The FBI is searching for the man who robbed Southern Commercial Bank at 4914 Gravois in St. Louis today around 9:13 a.m.
Sorry, Mr. McQueen. You and your boys just can't compare to the ATM Solutions robbers.The suspect arrested following a police chase yesterday had approximately $250,000 in cash hidden away in the trunk of his Dodge Charger, according to this morning's Post-Dispatch. Officials believe the suspect ... More >>
Sorry folks, FBI took my stuff!Clayton attorney and American Anglican bishop Marty Sigillito stands accused of running a $45-million Ponzi scheme. He's currently under federal investigation. For more, see our cover story, "White Collar Crime," on newstands this week. For years, Marty Sigillito co ... More >>
The "Granddad Bandit" robs a St. Louis Bank of America in May.The St. Louis FBI is holding a press conference this morning to call attention to the so-called "Granddad Bandit." The balding bank robber, believed to be in his 50s, robbed the Bank of America at 5600 South Lindbergh Boulevard in St. ... More >>
James Earl Ray, one of the most notorious "Top Ten" fugitives of all time hailed from St. Louis (Alton) but was placed on the list by the Memphis F.B.I. following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. This Sunday marks the 60th anniversary of the F.B.I's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list, a ... More >>
Image Via Charlie Dooley's words exactlyThat's the word coming from KMOX this morning. Citing anonymous sources, the station's Kevin Kileen reports that the FBI's "probe goes all the way up the elevator." Here's the issue at the heart of the rumored wrongdoing: The feds are looking ... More >>
So, you think you've got what it takes to be a G-Man, do you? Well, then, the F.B.I. wants to hear from you!The feds are looking to hire 3,450 positions this year, including: 900 special agents 550 intelligence analysts 2,000 professional support staff (clerical, administrative, IT, HR, acc ... More >>
Congratulations, St. Louis! No fewer than 59 bank robberies have gone down in the area so far this year. That tops last year's total of 45 ... but pales in comparison to the 77 heists that local bandits pulled off in 2002 -- a banner year.Bandittrackerstlouis.com, a website rolled out this morning b ... More >>
He went that way. This just in from the FBI...Authorities are looking for a "black male, average build and around 5'10" tall" who robbed the Midwest Credit Union on Flower Valley in Florissant bank this morning. The suspect was last seen wearing a thin white cloth wrapped around his head, da ... More >>
Photos courtesy FBIWhat do you expect of a gangsta?I tend to ignore most breaking news releases asking the public for help tracking down armed robbers. But this one about a robbery today of a Commerce Bank in suburban Webster Groves is just too good to pass up -- if only because of the "Gan ... More >>
The Final Exit Network, the subject of two lawsuits, an FBI investigation and, incidentally, an RFT feature, should, technically, be out of business after a Georgia court froze its assets last March.But the group has found a way to soldier on.Writes board member Bob Levine in an e-mail newsletter:Yo ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/poohbahThe FBI came out with its 2008 crime statistics this week. And when it comes to murder rates, our fair city has a dubious distinction. St. Louis ranked second per capita last year in the number of homicides committed in the city, with 47 slayings per 100,000 people. Leadi ... More >>
photo of East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks by Jennifer SilverbergThe Belleville News-Democrat reports in a brief story on its website this morning that FBI and IRS agents served a subpoena at East St. Louis City Hall yesterday afternoon and spent several hours collecting "all of the city's tax i ... More >>
The FBI is reportedly investigating members of the Missouri House over so-called "pay-to-play" appointments for committee seats. The specter of the FBI probe prompted legislative General Counsel Don Lograsso to send a memo to all House members this week warning them not to accept "campaign contribut ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/macwagenLaw-enforcement agencies across the nation are bracing for a spike in crime as the economy continues to plunge. This past weekend, UMSL criminologist Richard Rosenfeld told McClatchy Newspapers that history indicates that an increase in crime is imminent. "There's little qu ... More >>
Sure the economy is bad, but at least the FBI is hiring, by the thousands, nationwide.Sadly for those aspiring to work the bank robbery cases in St. Louis, only five positions will be added to the St. Louis office, 2222 Market Street, says special agent Billy Cox.And none of those positions needed h ... More >>
Unreal arose Saturday morning and decided to go gun-shopping. We'd been in the market for a shotgun for some time now, and well, with the economy hurtling down the shitter, it seemed like area pawn shops would be as ripe for picking as a southern Illinois apple orchard.We threw on our dirty jeans an ... More >>
Was it a Kenyan assassin who killed the St. Louis missionary -- or was it madness? Seven years later, the verdict is in.
Readers reopen the Rockwell Files.
Steven Spielberg's stolen painting, a St. Louis art thief, and a plot to kill Martin Luther King. It could make a helluva movie.
Stolen in St. Louis in '73. Found last week on Steven Spielberg's wall.
Stolen in St. Louis in '73. Found today -- on Steven Spielberg's wall
Joe Carnahan's overly slick, heavily edited dark comedy works despite itself.
Baldwin and Broderick should have dodged The Last Shot
Week of June 23, 2004
Dozens of patients died on nurse Richard Williams' watch, but he was never charged. Did authorities do too little, too late?
Jim Green, ex-con and government snitch, says he and his buddies from the Bootheel took part in the plot to kill Martin Luther King Jr. Trouble is, Green's been lying all his life -- so why should anybody believe him now?
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