Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Murdered Man Texts Final Words

Last week in Gladstone, Mo., an AT&T employee was beaten to death with a crowbar inside his utility truck while working an overnight shift. Before dying of severe head injurlies, Kevin Mashburn, 58, sent text messages to two AT&T dispatchers, pleading for help. The messages, detailed in a probable cause affidavit, can be seen here.

Man Kills Uncle in Heated Argument Over Pork Chops, or Were They Pork Steaks?

An argument over what cut of pork two men were having for dinner turned violent and deadly.

California Man Arrested in Drag for Indecent Exposure, Again

Lee Hazen Williamson was arrested for indecent exposure after another incident on a public bus in which he lifted the sundress he was wearing and exposed himself. Also a serial offender, Samantha Edwards of Missouri is facing charges of misdemeanor sexual misconduct, but she’s much cuter.

Accused Child Molester Attempts Suicide, Fails Cosmically

A Missouri man facing child molestation charges shot himself in the face and walked in front of a truck travelling at highway speeds — survived — and still had to face the music.

Mother and Roommate Charged With Starving Girl, 3

On the morning of July 1, Beth Williams, 26, brought her 3-year-old daughter to a Joplin, Mo., emergency room. Police say the girl was barely breathing and weighed only 12 pounds — less than half the normal weight for a child that age. According to a probable cause affidavit, the girl had a “blood sugar level of zero,” and a body temperature that was “too low to register.”

Update: Suspect Identified in Slaying of Missouri Sisters

Earlier today, we reported that police in Missouri had found the bodies of two women in an open field. Now, police have confirmed that those bodies are the remains of sisters Britny Haarup, 19, and Ashley Key, 22. The suspect arrested in connection with their killings has been identified as Clifford B. Miller, a 31-year-old Trimble man who allegedly told investigators he was high on meth when he killed the sisters.

Two Female Bodies Found; Possibly Those of Missing Sisters

Following a tip, police in Missouri found the bodies of two women in an open field in Clinton County late last night. Police have not yet confirmed whether these bodies are the remains of missing sisters Britny Haarup, 19, and Ashley Key, 22, who were last seen Friday, but their father told KMBC this morning the dead women are his daughters.

Woman Allegedly Shoots Herself in Police Cruiser

According to her family, Stephanie Hicks was walking across the Alton Bridge on July 4, to seek help for her problems at the BJC Christian Hospital when she got a courtesy ride from police.

More Body Parts Found in Missouri

After finding a human hand in June, officials in Jackson County, Mo., announced today that they have found a human foot along the Little Blue Trace Trail near Independence.

Babysitters Charged With Raping Three in Their Care

Missouri couple John Thomas III, 27, and Rebecca Russell, 30, would often babysit for their neighbor’s kids, sometimes having friend Billy Joe Bunch Jr., 25, visit them while babysitting. The Riverfront Times reports that all three are accused of taking turns sexually assaulting one family’s children, girls, ages 5, 3, and seven months.