Ten Dumbest Criminals of 2012 in St. Louis

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William Lawrence - Maplewood Police Department
Maplewood Police Department
William Lawrence

1. William Lawrence. After Lawrence was arrested in February for marijuana possession, Maplewood police confiscated his shotgun and .22 caliber rifle. Lawrence was not happy. Even though he made several phone calls and and even paid a visit to the police department, evidence custodian Kerry Daniels refused to give him his weapons back. So on March 1, Lawrence posted this following ad on Craigslist: "Wanted dead, all the maplewood city police officers, paying one million per head. two million for detectives Kerry Daniels." The police contacted Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, who was able to produce the e-mail and IP addresses of the person responsible for the post, who, of course, turned out to be Lawrence. Since Lawrence is unemployed and declared bankruptcy in 2006, it was unclear how he would have paid the contract killers. He's now facing jail time and fines up to $250,000.

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