In the St. Louis metro area, the month of June was filled with an unusually high number of upsetting and unbelievable crime stories. There was the night of violence involving eighteen injuries across the city, the tragic slaying of an immigrant refugee just a week before his daughter was born and one of the most disturbing stories of rape in recent memory.
There was also the absurd -- bizarre cases of harassment, random attacks with unclear motives and more.
Below is our roundup of the twelve worst crimes we covered in June, which appears to be one of the most headline-grabbing months of 2013.
A tragic crash in St. Louis county left a two-year-old boy dead and sent the teenage driver fleeing from the scene of the accident only to turn himself in later.
Why'd he flee? He told cops he was "scared." But the excuse is not enough for the family mourning the death of Darion Griffin.
In the you-can't-make-this-stuff up category, June had the story of Lynn Marie Herzog, a 50-year-old Lincoln County woman who reportedly thought it would be fun to scare kids in her neighborhood.
With a ski mask on. And a chainsaw in hand.
Continue for more crimes of June, 2013.