It was another deadly year in and around St. Louis despite overall crime in the city (and region) trending down slightly in 2013. Still, no amount of policing can prevent depraved individuals from committing callous and sadistic acts of violence. The ten cases below, listed from bad to worst, attest ... More >>
Dennis D. Norise, 39, was gunned down in 5300 block of St. Louis Avenue Sunday morning, making him the 100th homicide in St. Louis in 2013. Norise, who lived in Ferguson, was found dead in an alley in north city with multiple gunshot wounds, according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police.
Benjamin Schweitzer says that when he put five bullets into Frederic "Nic" Moses, he thought there was an intruder in his house, even though Moses was his friend and was a guest in his home at the time. For that, he was charged with "reckless homicide" instead of murder, and was sentenced to the m ... More >>
This was a terribly violent weekend in several parts of St. Louis, starting on the 3900 block of North Florissant Avenue at 2:25 a.m. on Sunday morning. According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, four people were standing outside in an area adjacent to an apartment complex when some ... More >>
Update: Officials have just confirmed that the body of Willow Long, the missing seven-year-old Watson, Illinois girl, has been identified. Our original coverage of the search from earlier today is below. Police have arrested Justin DeRyke, Long's 22-year-old uncle, and are going to charge him with ... More >>
After a particularly bloody weekend, there has been yet another homicide in the city of St. Louis. This latest fatal shooting claimed the life of 21-year-old Dashon Marquise Lee, a black male who lived on the 1000 block of Tillie Avenue in north St. Louis. Police responded to a call for a shooti ... More >>
Police have arrested the young man who allegedly shot and killed seventeen-year-old Antoine Bryant, who was riding his scooter when he was hit with bullets. The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office yesterday charged Tyrone Taylor, twenty, with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the 68th ... More >>
Quy Vo, a 32-year-old Tower Grove East resident, is accused of stabbing his brother-in-law to death -- and dropping his eighteen-month-old child to the pavement during the incident. As we reported yesterday, the fatal victim, Phung Huynh, 44, was found on his front porch, suffering from puncture wo ... More >>
In addition to investigating six shootings over the weekend that resulted in several life-threatening injuries and one fatality, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department also responded to a south St. Louis home on Saturday where they made a startling discovery. India Randall, 23, was lying dea ... More >>
Oscar Guerra, the 35-year-old St. Louis man who police say shot and killed his wife and three-year-old son, had a history of domestic violence. On Saturday, Carla Guerra, 28, and their son Marcio, age three, were found dead in their Tennessee Avenue home in south St. Louis. Oscar Guerra had shot the ... More >>
Update: Metro police officials have released new details on the south St. Louis murder-suicide over the weekend in which a father allegedly shot his wife and toddler son multiple times -- before turning the gun on himself. Our original coverage from Saturday is below. Police have identified the sh ... More >>
Update: St. Louis metro police have just released the identity of a woman who was found strangled to death in an alleyway this week. Our original coverage is below. 47-year-old Aretha Robinson, who lived on the 4500 block of Natural Bridge Avenue, is the homicide victim who was abandoned on South ... More >>
Danielle Mack-Jones, a 27-year-old St. Louis County resident, is accused of stabbing to death a neighbor in her apartment complex -- and then stealing two televisions. Police announced today that she had officially been issued warrants, a major step in their investigation into a Christmas Eve homici ... More >>
Inspired by last week's New York Times piece, "A Chicago Divided by Killings," Alex Ihnen over at the urban affairs blog NextSTL has produced a map showing where homicides occurred in the city of St. Louis from 2005 to 2012. The map confirms empirically what is already known anecdotally: That murder ... More >>
Darnell "Chuckie" Vaughn, 29, has been charged with the double murder of Claudia Williams and Tasheera Johnson, despite still being at large. Authorities say Vaughn shot and killed the two women in the Ferguson townhome of Williams, his estranged girlfriend, on August 31; Johnson's 1-year-old ... More >>
A 32-year-old woman and her three daughters, ages 11, 10, and 1, were found shot to death outside a home at Vineland Road and Wilson Hollow Road near DeSoto after midnight Wednesday. [UPDATE 9:42 a.m.: Jefferson County Sheriff's Department held a press conference earlier this morning. They've c ... More >>
Keith Esters, 18, and Jonathan Perkins, 18, have been charged with the murder of Megan Boken. According to the probable cause statement, Esters' girlfriend told police that he made plans with his cousin, Jonathan Perkins, to commit a robbery in the Central West End on Saturday. Perkins then dr ... More >>
Police are now investigating the murder of former SLU volleyball player Megan Boken as an attempted robbery. They have no evidence that Boken knew her killer, and that it now appears that nothing was stolen from her person or her car. Boken was shot while sitting in her car near the intersection of ... More >>
According to The Daily Beast, Washington University is a premiere institution for hitting the books or getting hit over the head. Using data from the U.S. Department of Education, the blog used incidents of murder, robbery, assault, burglaries, and car thefts between 2008 and 2010 to populate their ... More >>
Madison County prosecutors have dropped murder charges against Angela Halliday, a heroin junkie who had been accused of facilitating the deaths of an acquaintance and her boyfriend. The decision to drop the charges came after Judge James Hackett, who was to hear Halliday's case, stopped the trial of ... More >>
Carl Pearson became St. Louis' 100th homicide victim of the year last night when he was gunned down in the 5500 block of Clemens (below) just north of Delmar and between Goodfellow and Union. St. Louis police report that they got a call around 9:45 p.m. of shots fired and found the 62-year-old vi ... More >>
Daryl Lamont WhiteFriday will mark the four-year anniversary of the murder of 19-year-old Daryl Lamont White. White, of the 1400 block of Hamilton, was gunned down October 14, 2007, in the 4600 block of Labadie. He'd been shot numerous times by the time St. Louis police arrived on the scene aroun ... More >>
Michael J. Ford (left) and Antoine Barton were charged last week with murder and armed criminal action.Two months after the fact, authorities believe they've finally cracked the murder of 22-year-old Calvin Ross. Ross was found July 6 shot to death in an alley in north St. Louis.
Granite City PoliceScott Moore: Guilty in 2009 baseball-bat murder.It took a Madison County jury less than two hours yesterday to convict 34-year-old Scott Moore of first-degree murder and armed robbery in the gruesome slaying of Catherine Fowler. Fowler's body was discovered bludgeoned to death ... More >>
Seventeen-year-old Anytrone DeMarco Jones became St. Louis' 19th homicide of the year Tuesday when he was found gunned down in a church parking lot in the 900 block of North Taylor (below). St. Louis police report that Jones, of the 3000 block of West Norwood Drive, was shot multiple times in the ... More >>
St. Louis once again topped the list as the nation's "Most Dangerous Cities" in 2010. Here, then, is a look at ten of the most-heinous crimes (ranked from bad to worse) occurring in and near the city within the past 12 months. John Thornton10. The Murder of a MayorJohn Thornton was on his way hom ... More >>
Courtesy of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police DepartmentJesse James Beasley: Police allege he's a murderer.St. Louis City Police have arrested a 47-year-old man for the murder of Stephanie Hill, 43, of the 1200 block of Warren in north city.Hill's death was previously categorized as "suspicious." ... More >>
Another day, another Florissant man found murdered in a vehicle in St. Louis. St. Louis police report finding Raymond Allen Jackson, 41, shot to death in the driver's seat of his car. The murder occurred around 7:45 p.m. yesterday in the 1200 block of Amherst (below) near Skinker and Page.Police ... More >>
Seventeen-year-old Rahmel McNeil was shot dead in broad daylight Friday around 1:19 p.m. in the Vandeventer Neighborhood of north St. Louis. According to accounts, McNeil was part of an argument involving two groups of teenagers and young men in the 4000 block of West Belle Place (above). McNeil ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergDarryl Burton photographed last year.Updated 4:06 p.m. with comments from Burton's attorney.Darryl Burton served 24 years in prison for a St. Louis murder he didn't commit. In 2008, Cole County Judge Richard Callahan (now the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Missouri) released ... More >>
St. Louis police have identified the man gunned down at the corner of Labadie and Vandeventer (below) in north city Friday. Louis Baker, 32, of the 4200 block of Sacramento Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene around 7:30 p.m. August 27. Baker had been shot several times in the head and torso ... More >>
image viaErick ShepheardCindy Shepheard, a Belleville woman who is on trial for the murder of her husband Erick Shepheard, definitely has a gift for understatement. "We didn't always get along. That was no secret," she told the jury yesterday. "One minute we're arguing. I have to pack my bag ... More >>
Image viaThe homicide happened on the 2100 block of Crescent. Police say they've arrested 37-year-old Alvertis Harper for murdering Tommy Jones, 34, early Monday. The fatal shot was fired around 2 a.m. yesterday in the 2100 block of Crescent, just outside the city limits in Hillsdale. Harper is n ... More >>
Kornhardt was paid for the murder from the victim's life insurance policy.Eighteen years after the fact, the family of Danny Harold Coleman finally got some justice. Yesterday a federal jury convicted James K. Kornhardt and Steven A. Mueller of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and murder fo ... More >>
Larry Flynt has been in a wheelchair since the 1978 shooting.Attorney General Chris Koster yesterday called on the Missouri Supreme Court to set execution dates for two convicted murderers. The first, Joseph Franklin, was convicted in 1997 for the shooting death twenty years earlier of a man out ... More >>
The city and county police departments have released their 2009 crime figures, showing that violent crime fell across the region last year. In the city, crimes against persons dropped slightly by less than one percent in 2009, with one of the biggest percentage drops reported in the overall homic ... More >>
D'Angelo TateSt. Louis police are asking the public for assistance in trying to track down D'Angelo Tate. Police describe Tate as a "person of interest" in the brutal slaying of Shevette Chambers on August 16 outside the popular Eat Rite Diner near Busch Stadium. This is not the first time Tate h ... More >>
Two phone calls to the St. Louis police led to the discovery of three bodies Sunday night in the Baden Neighborhood. View Sunday Night Homicides, June 19, 2009 in a larger mapPolice report receiving a phone call yesterday from a relative asking them to check on the well-being of two people living in ... More >>
Christopher ColemanLast week Christopher Coleman hired defense attorney William Margulis to represent him in the investigation into the strangulation death of his wife, Sheri, 31, and sons Garett, 11, and Gavin, 9, at their Columbia, Illinois, home on May 5. Yesterday Coleman and his lawyer arrived ... More >>
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