Ten Worst St. Louis Crimes of 2012

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One of the tortured dogs of Hamilton Heights.
4. Dog Killer: Back in May, five dead dogs were discovered in a Hamilton Heights apartment building. They had all been brutally tortured. Representatives from Stray Rescue said it was the worst case of animal abuse they had ever seen; the organization offered a $10,000 reward for any information about the dogs' killer. In October, Derick Stallworth was sentenced to four years in prison for animal abuse.

3.Death of a Homecoming Queen: Just a little more than a week after her eighteenth birthday last March, Sarah Billingsley-Walker was discovered strangled in her home in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Billingsley-Walker had been a star at Vashon High -- honor student, co-valedictorian, homecoming queen -- and had already been accepted at four colleges. Her ex-boyfriend, Leonard Johnson, was charged with her murder.

2. Pizza Delivery Murders: This year two pizza delivery drivers were murdered on the job and three more were brutally assaulted. The attacks happened in both the city and the county, north and south. County police decided to tackle the problem by having undercover cops pose as drivers. The city considered a similar solution, but decided the police force lacked the manpower. No one appears to have answered the question of why pizza delivery drivers are being targeted in the first place.

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