Photos: 9 Worst St. Louis Crimes, September 2013
3. Burglary of Errors
Desperation results in bad decision making. When Terrill Wise and Jahon Anderson was rudely interrupted by police while they were burglarizing a St. Louis home, the two seemingly grabbed what was handy and attacked: Wise went after an officer with a screwdriver, Anderson chose the seatback of a chair, and he was soon arrested.
Wise was shot for his trouble, but managed to make it to his getaway SUV after crashing through a plate-glass window. He was picked up after he decided to call 911 and try to play the victim of a "drive-by shooting." The cops weren't fooled.
In another episode of arguments gone very, very wrong, Tracy Lynn Muse got lost his cool with a female passenger in his car, eventually throwing her cell phone out the window, slamming her head against the dash and handcuffing her to the steering wheel.
All that didn't prevent the woman from calling the cops, however, who gave Muse a taste of his handcuff-flavored medicine.
The death of seven-year-old Willow Long shook readers across the state, and nothing was more disturbing than the alleged confession by her uncle, 22-year-old Justin DeRyke, who told police that he'd become angry after the girl scratched his arm.
Chasing her outside the house, the girl apparently slipped and fell, impaling her neck on a branch. DeRyke said he then stabbed her to death to "end her suffering."