Photos: 12 Worst St. Louis Crimes, August 2013
Centreville resident Scottie Thompson, 41, was on parole for a 1989 murder when he allegedly killed a twenty-year-old Cahokia resident in a horrific beating that prosecutors labeled a "tragic, random act of violence."
He had offered the youth a ride that day -- and ended up, police say, dumping his dead body in a lake.
Police officials very rarely offer political commentary in the context of a recently committed crime, but in the case of Marcus Anderson, Chief Sam Dotson decided to weigh in. Anderson, a mentally challenged man, allegedly shot his sister dead, possibly because he thought the gun in the house was a toy.
Dotson shortly after the shooting said that this was clear evidence for the need for better gun control.