Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Megan Meier’s Myspace suicide was a mistake

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.

Drunk guy takes semi for joyride through cemetery

Police in Missouri, have arrested a Kirksville man who allegedly went on a drunken rampage trough a cemetery in a stolen semi. Not only did he rack up and impressive list of charges in a relatively short time, but he got himself saddled with a $25,000 cash-only bail requirement.

Missouri man ‘tired of’ wife, shoots her

Police were summoned to the Naylor, Missouri, home of Bobby and Carolyn Leonard last Saturday at 8:25 a.m. in response to a call about a woman being shot. When they arrived Carolyn Leonard was “laying on the front porch covered in blood,” a man holding a towel to her right shoulder. Ripley County Cpl. Earl Wheetley [...]

Ken McElroy, the rise and fall 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?

‘Therapy’ bear cub bites 14 students, sparks rabies scare

This year’s destressing plan for Washington University students at exam time backfired when Boo Boo, an adorable two-month-old bear cub, nipped 14 students and prompting a rabies scare that, sadly, will require Boo Boo’s euthanization for rabies testing.

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.

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.

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.

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