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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

St. Louis: Ten Ghastliest Crimes of 2009

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5. Man Kills Murders His Cousin and Her Boyfriend with Crowbar

Reginald Frazier
  • Reginald Frazier
Reginald Frazier was staying with his cousin, Michelle Renee Gowder, and her boyfriend, Willie Murphy Ward on July 17 when Frazier allegedly left the home to go buy drugs. Upon his return, he was confronted by Gowder who said she planned to tell her boyfriend of Frazier's drug use. Police believe that Frazier then hit his cousin several times in the head with a crowbar. Next he entered the bedroom and beat Ward as he lay in bed. Frazier then dragged his cousin into the bedroom and continued bludgeoning both victims until they died. Police discovered their bodies several days later when a relative called to request that the police check on their well-being.

4. Drug Hustler Beats Two-Year-Old to Death
Brandon Whitby
  • Brandon Whitby
Brandon A. Whitby, 20, was charged in August with first-degree murder for the death of his girlfriend's two-year-old son, Malik Duff. Duff was pronounced dead August 1 at a local hospital after being brought there unresponsive. An autopsy performed on the child determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma. During the investigation, Duff's nine-month-old brother was discovered to have visible marks on his face and body, as well as internal injuries. Whitby is accused of striking the nine-month-old boy with a belt and causing Malik Duff's death by beating him. Further investigation revealed a loaded handgun and heroin within reach of both children inside the residence in the 1100 block of East Linton. The gun was stored inside a toy car. The heroin was stored under a mattress.

3. Man Kills Lover, Chops Up Her Body, Conceals Remains in Trash Can
Vernell J. Loggins
  • Vernell J. Loggins
Vernell J. Loggins Jr., 37, was charged November 4 with killing his girlfriend and dismembering her body inside the couple's apartment in Pacific. A maintenance worker at the Monroe Woods Apartment complex discovered the remains of Stephanie M. Fields under bags of ice and bloody towels in a trash can that had been glued shot. Fields family had to rely on tattoos to identify her dismembered body.

2. Man Executes Ex-Girlfriend and Two of Her Friends Inside a Vehicle Full of Three Children -- One of Them His Own

click to enlarge Milton Lattimore
  • Milton Lattimore
Milton Lattimore, 21, was charged last month with killing his ex-girlfriend -- Jaimaca McDaniel, 24 -- and two of her girlfriends -- Tenika Harvey, 26, and Raykel N. Gathing, 26 -- at an East St. Louis gas station. McDaniel had two of her three children with Lattimore. The women were gunned down inside their parked vehicle that also contained one of Lattimore's children with McDaniel and two other kids under the age of eight. None of the children were injured in the shootings, though McDaniels reportedly took a bullet by diving in front of one of the kids.

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