image viaNever mind if he's dead or alive, who the hell gets the money he's making?Sometime in the late 1960s, a Missouri-born comic book writer named Gary Friedrich came up with a new character: Ghost Rider, a motorcycle stunt rider who sold his soul to the devil and consequently exchanged h ... More >>
Image viaJosh Gould was sentenced today to eight months in the pen.Josh Gould, the 32-year-old University City resident and former Woodbury Financial broker who stole millions of dollars from his Orthodox Jewish brethren in a Ponzi scheme, was sentenced today to 97 months in federal prison. Gould ... More >>
Bishop/Attorney Marty SigillitoUpdated 4:16 p.m. with press release outlining indictment. We have all but official confirmation that Martin Sigillito -- the Clayton attorney and American Anglican bishop who already stands accused in civil court of running a $45 million ponzi scheme -- has finally ... More >>
Image viaEven Alfalfa is smiling about yesterday's ruling on alfalfa.Gut Check hasn't read much case law since our high-school debate career ended and our briefcase (and trophies!) went into storage in our parents' garage. However, we were fairly certain that when the Supreme Court issued a rulin ... More >>
Gary Kaplan, the founder of the now-defunct offshore cyber-gambling empire known as BETonSPORTS, was slated to be sentenced on federal racketeering charges in U.S. District Court tomorrow. But that proceeding has been rescheduled for November 2 at 1:30 p.m. U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson grant ... More >>
Bill JakobIn the course of reporting "Hornswoggled," this week's feature story about the con man Bill Jakob, RFT obtained a transcription of a sworn deposition that Jakob gave earlier this year as part of a $7.25 million civil rights lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court.Federal investigators warne ... More >>
Lewis Greenberg argues his lawn is art in court.
Rod Shene paid a paltry few grand for a volume worth $500,000 or more. Only one hitch: The German government wants it back.
Steven Spielberg's stolen painting, a St. Louis art thief, and a plot to kill Martin Luther King. It could make a helluva movie.
The former Mrs. Vinson sues her ex-hubby to rid the airwaves of his famous cornpone voice.
Recent lawsuits puncture the veil of secrecy surrounding lethal injection
A passion for high-priced paintings leads to one big art ache
Meet the cross-dressing bank robbers who confounded cops for years
The Year in Review: A Quiz
Walter Fields wanted a Bentley. He wound up with two lemons.
Bill Stallings, the mastermind behind the Chase Hotel renovation and one of St. Louis' biggest movers and shakers, has tumbled hard
Is the police chief an embezzler? Or do the mayor and his wife dabble in two-bit corruption?
Unreal cares enough to send the very best; plus, we get our five minutes of TV fame and continue the hard-hitting sandwich reportage
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department keeps a tight lid on internal affairs. Even if it means breaking the law.
Smokestacks, strip joints and a seriously solid tax base: Welcome to Sauget, Illinois
A workhouse inmate claims he was wrongly beaten, and city officials scramble to get their stories straight
Jeff Harlow is St. Louis' best golfer. Indoors, that is.
He's a hero to some, a pain to others. Either way, he makes people very nervous.
If they'd sold drugs on a street corner, punishment would have been swift. Instead, they used the Internet -- and the party lasted for years.
When a childbirth went terribly wrong, the blame game began. Dodging responsibility was everybody's first order of business.
Behind the cosmetics counter, things weren't quite as lovely
When it comes to ripping people off, John Tiller and the Civil Rights Legal Defense Team just keep going and going
While Joe Amrine waits to die, Missouri courts won't admit they may be wrong
These lawyers could cash in big, but who hired them?
The good ol' boys at Rent-A-Center raise a white flag -- they're licked
The women screwed by Rent-A-Center are threatening to take the company to the cleaners. But Ernie Talley and the rest of his Texas bubbas are trying to have the last laugh.
Merline Anderson let Leslie Hamilton prey on STEP's female employees and clients. The social-services agency had to settle a bruising lawsuit, but Anderson's still in charge.
Marvel Comics isn't going to give up Captain America without a fight
Trying to collect a half-million-dollar debt from Floyd Warmann, the hunter becomes the hunted
Time for Chuck Berry to roll over, says rock legend Johnnie Johnson
Casino lawyer Michael Lazaroff cheated for years -- and the insiders knew. Now that he's cut the deal of his life, why does anybody believe him?
When the Benetton clothing company dared to humanize death-row inmates in a $20 million ad campaign, Attorney General Jay Nixon threw a fit. Then he played right into their hands and sued them.
Damn the criticism -- Mayor Ruby Cook runs Brooklyn her way. But in this historic town, best known for its sex trade, she's not the biggest problem. Brooklyn is broke, divided and sinking fast.
Someone penned an anonymous letter making damning allegations about Normandy High School principal Alvin Smith. He blames it on a disgruntled ex-employee out to take him down. Trouble is, some of the letter is true.
Tim Dreste's journey from Christian missionary to anti-abortion racketeer cost him a $6 million federal fine for his role in threatening to "kill, assault or do bodily harm" to abortion providers. But he isn't about to stop his crusade.
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