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The 10 Most Heinous Crimes of 2011

2011 marked the end of an era: St. Louis is no longer the Most Dangerous City in America. Not only did our city lose the coveted number-one spot, now held by Flint, Michigan, it slipped to number four! And it looks as though the city's murder rate will decline by 30 percent from 2010. What's going on here?

Nonetheless, there were still some pretty grisly crimes in St. Louis this year. Here, then, is a look at ten of the most heinous crimes (ranked from bad to worse) occurring in and around St. Louis within the past 12 months.

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Kim McGee and Keith Rucker: Not the parents of the year.
10. Trapped in the Closet

And not in the R. Kelly sense. Last February, during a compliance check of Kim McGee and Keith Rucker's home in Cahokia, U.S. marshals discovered two five-year-olds, a boy and a girl, locked inside a three-by-four foot closet. The door was secured with a nail.

Turns out McGee and Rucker had been punishing the kids this way for at least five months, locking them up for as long as four hours at a time. It was unclear whether any of the other three kids living in the house got locked up, too, but the Department of Children and Family Services took all five into custody. McGee and Rucker were arrested on six counts of child endangerment and held in the St. Clair County jail.

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Bad Samaritan Cornell Hampton.
9. Three Good Samaritans and One Not-So-Good

After the first big snow of the year, Cornell Hampton happened across a woman at the corner of Newstead and Lindell in the Central West End who was attempting to dig her car out of a snowbank. Hampton helped her out, and then demanded a ride. When she refused, he allegedly jumped in the car, put her in a choke hold, and demanded she drive him to an empty building on Delmar Boulevard.

Three workers nearby overheard the woman screaming as Hampton forced her out of the car and called the police. The cops arrived and apprehended Hampton in the act of raping the woman.

In July, the three Good Samaritans, Darrell Wallace, Terry Kennedy and Timothy Peterson, received an award from the St. Louis Grand Jury Association for their good citizenship. And just two weeks later, Hampton was arrested again for attempting another kidnapping, also in the Central West End.

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Clay and Jacque Waller in happier days.
8. Case of the Missing Wife

On June 1, Jacque Sue Waller, a 39-year-old mother of triplets, visited her estranged husband, Clay, at his residence in Jackson, Missouri, a small town just north of Cape Girardeau. She'd been on her way down to Cape Girardeau to file divorce papers. She never got the chance. Jacque disappeared later that day. Her car was discovered about five miles away, just off I-55. Neighbors told police Clay Waller had hooked up his boat to his pickup truck that afternoon and headed out somewhere.

The fact that Clay was the last person to see Jacque, plus the fact that he'd taken off in his boat, plus the fact that, according to Jacque's sister, Jacque was scared of him and thought he was "not stable," plus the fact that he later pleaded guilty to threatening to kill that same sister, add up to Clay Waller being the chief suspect. Clay is being held on charges of making the murder threats, but so far no arrests have been made for Jacque's disappearance. The five-year-old triplets, meanwhile, remain in the custody of their aunt.

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WTF
WTF

All I have to say is, if poor little Tyler Dasher's mom ever comes near me, she'd better say her prayers. Because I'll make her wish she were dead. 

Danieljoeoconnor
Danieljoeoconnor

great article! the knockout king has the number 1 spot alright. to attack an old man n lady in cold blood is despicable.  what kinda crack moma could produce sucha piece  a crap?

chosen
chosen

the kind of crack momma that racist people vote into office, who then dump loads of crack into melanin communities to destroy those people... but it's a fact that those voters and those elected officials will also burn in hell for eternity.

Danieljoeoconnor
Danieljoeoconnor

just because it's available don't mean you gotta take it. crack was there for me as well but i said naw indica kush is all i need thankyou very much. it takes a sick crackmind to try and paint the attacker as the victim cause the gov was sellin.  she shoulda just said no like most self respecting people did.

Blame_Y_T
Blame_Y_T

Hey! Hey! Ease off on the RAY-SIZM there buddy. Knockout Kings is a respected part of the African-African-African-American community. Some of my best friends are African-American Knockouts Kings.

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As an RFT Twitter follower, I noticed the recent tweet, 'this year's ghastliest crimes.'  In all honesty, I thought it was a joke.  So, I clicked the link to read what I thought would be something comical.  This was not the case.

What self respecting editor of any pub would permit the creation and publication of a crime countdown to relive real life horror stories?  One man's opinion - next time, create a different countdown.

Efrauia
Efrauia

the jokes and overall tone of this piece is so disrespectful to the victims and their families.  please stop treating serious shit like this, rft

JoyGrenade
JoyGrenade

Knockout King isn't about kicking someone to death—it's about knocking them out cold from behind. Still cowardly and pathetic, but not done with the intention to kill. Even the old-time KK players who were interviewed by the RFT admitted as much. The difference with Murphy was that he and his friends picked on someone who couldn't sustain such an attack and live. Please don't amplify the hysteria surrounding this case any further; the city gets a bad enough rap as it is.

KITTY
KITTY

#11 Allowing Tammy Chapman within ten feet of a brass pole.

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