Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Flashing your lights to warn other drivers is legal, judge rules

Federal Judge Henry E. Autrey ruled Monday that flashing headlights to warn other motorists of a speed trap is a form of communication and is protected by the First Amendment right to free speech. Michael Elli was driving in the City of Ellisville, Missouri when he spotted a radar trap and flashed his lights to [...]

Slideshow: Megan Meier Internet suicide

A look in photos at the tangled web of Internet deception that culminated in the suicide of young Megan Meier.

Today in Crime History: Robert ‘Bob’ Berdella Dies of Heart Attack

On October 8, 1992, Bob Berdella died in prison. Active for four years, the Kansas City Butcher had raped, tortured and murdered six men, but only served only four years behind bars. Some think he was poisoned, but for lack of any evidence, cause of death is listed as natural causes.

Ken McElroy, The Reign and Death of a Town Bully

Rapist, child molester and consummate intimidator, Ken McElroy, terrorized his small Missouri community, to the point of getting away with murder. On July 10, 1981, 35 men surrounded McElroy outside the bar. Shots were fired, and the town bully was dead. Is vigilantism sometimes justified?

Man Commits Suicide in Court After Guilty Verdict

In an incident eerily similar to the courtroom suicide of Michael Marin one year ago, a Missouri man killed himself in the courtroom after receiving a guilty verdict this week.

Megan Meier: Mistaken Myspace Suicide

Megan Meier, a blossoming 13-year old from a Missouri suburb, committed suicide after a jealous neighbor’s mother allegedly masqueraded as a courting teenage boy and feuded with her on MySpace.

Missouri Mom Allegedly Allowed Sex Offender Boyfriend to Rape Infant Daughter

A Missouri mom is behind bars, facing the most heinous of allegations: she’s accused of allowing, or even encouraging, her boyfriend to rape her 4-month-old daughter. The little girl, Ashlynn Peters, died last December after being allegedly raped and strangled.

Mugshot of the Day

We are taught not to judge a book by its cover, but in the case of this particular "book," Michael Campbell, who has an inverted-pentagram forehead tattoo and a large bowtie tattoo on his neck, readers may find not judging to be a challenge.

Mugshot of the Day

This man was arrested in April 2013 for using a stolen credit card at a local-area Walmart. The big question is: Will witnesses be able to pick him out of a lineup?

St. Louis Man Unaware He’d Been Stabbed, Another Finds Old Blade Lodged in Back

A St. Louis man was stabbed recently in the chest, back and neck, but was so drunk he never realized and couldn’t remember the incident. Also a sober Canadian man found a knife blade in his back from an assault that occurred three years ago.