Ten Biggest Douchebags of the Summer of 2011
5. Leland Beasley
This creep owned a video game shop.
Leland Beasley: Molested boys and filmed it.
This creep molested at least ten little boys who came to his shop -- and then filmed them.
This creep was given the largest sentence ever in the history in the U.S. District Court in St. Louis: 290 years.
This is the kind of case that makes us thank God for police and prosecutors.
4. Joseph Gamache
A south-county man who sports Aryan Nation tattoos and drives a pickup truck emblazoned with the Confederate flag, Joseph Gamache went berserk when he witnessed a group of teens of different races socializing in a parking lot near the South County Center mall.
First he grabbed a pickaxe and swung wildly at the teens. Then he hopped into his pickup and attempted to run them down while screaming the N-word. Later, when apprehended by the St. Louis County Police, Gamache acknowledged that he hates black people and would like to kill them all.
Joseph Gamache: incompetent racist
You may be wondering why Gamache is only ranked No. 4 on our list, seeing his clear-cut douchiness and all. One reason: His own incompetence. Somehow, despite having both a pickaxe and a 4x4 at his disposal, Gamache didn't manage to wound a single person, much less kill them. He's clearly a loser -- just not a particularly effective one.
3. Melissa Jackson
Neighbors say Melissa Jackson's little boy Marquell was a sweetheart: a chubby-cheeked angel who loved to smile. So when eighteen-month-old Marquell was found dead in a trash bin early one morning near his south-city home, it was a horribly sad thing -- made even more horrible, perhaps, when police arrested his own mother on charges of murder.
Police say Marquell Jackson was beaten and then strangled. They accuse his 28-year-old mother of committing the crime even while she was pregnant with a second child.
2. Shawn Morgan
He may have been a steelworker by profession, but police also believe Shawn Morgan is a cold-hearted killer who strangled his neighbor, Breeann Rodriguez. What makes the whole thing even more appalling is that little Breeann was just three years old.
Shawn Morgan: steelworker killed a three-year-old neighbor
Morgan admitted to suffocating Breeann after he found her hanging out near his pool. He told police it seemed like it took an hour for the little girl to die. Then he stuffed her in the same bag he used to kill her and dumped her body in a floodway ditch along Missouri Highway 164.
Morgan later returned to the same ditches to dump Breeann's bicycle. A motive has yet to be identified publicly, but we can't imagine there's anything anyone could say that would mitigate our horror and disgust at what happened to Breeann.
And the No. 1 douchebags to make the news in St. Louis this summer....
1. Daquan D. Barnes, Demarcus D. Barnes and Latosha A. Cunningham
These three Metro East hoodlums are accused of plotting one of the most heinous crimes in the area's recent memory. Knowing that 85-year-old Yoko Cullen was a regular at a Collinsville, Illinois, bingo parlor, police say the trio carjacked her, forced her into her trunk and then burned her alive.
The car was found three days later, with Cullen's corpse in the trunk; Barnes, his cousin Barnes and Cunningham have all been charged with first-degree murder. Unfortunately, Illinois no longer has the death penalty, so it looks like these three have no chance at getting the punishment they truly deserve.
It's been a long, hot summer. Aren't you ready for it to be over?