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Ten Worst St. Louis Crimes of 2013

Categories: Crime

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Colton Cotton via Wikimedia Commons
It was another deadly year in and around St. Louis despite overall crime in the city (and region) trending down slightly in 2013. Still, no amount of policing can prevent depraved individuals from committing callous and sadistic acts of violence. The ten cases below, listed from bad to worst, attest to that. As one of the victims noted, "The world is full of heartless people."

10. Joseph Fox: Robber Kills One Brother, Shoots Another for $30 Heist

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Haris Gogic via Facebook
Joseph Fox had priors for robbery and weapons before Haris Gogic's murder.
Brothers Mirza and Haris Gogic were making the most of it in America. As boys they had arrived with their parents to St. Louis from war-torn Bosnia. As adults they'd entered business together, running a convenience store in south St. Louis. The brothers were in a back room of that shop last May when they heard Mirza's girlfriend screaming for help inside the store. The brothers opened the door to see an armed robber with one hand around the girl's neck and the other pointing a gun to her head as she was made to empty the cash register. On seeing the brothers enter the store, the thief fatally shot 19-year-old Hirza in the head. Mirza, 23, took a bullet to the arm. Days later Mirza identified Joseph Fox in a police lineup. "He walked into the lineup just as cool and calm as he did right after he killed my brother," said Gogic. "My whole body was shaking." And what did Fox get in exchange for turning the Gogics' lives into a nightmare? Thirty dollars from the cash register.


9. Calvin Campbell: Ex Knives Former Girlfriend In Front of Her Kids

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Calvin Campbell
Calvin Campbell arrived at Sophia Moore's house in Jennings the day before Valentine's Day. A week earlier 28-year-old Sophia Moore had kicked him out of the home for good. Apparently Campbell was still stewing over the matter. Police say that once inside the home Campbell began punching Moore. When she tried to escape through a kitchen window he dragged her back inside and then stabbed her to death with a long kitchen knife. But it only gets worse. Police say Moore's two sons -- ages eight and nine -- witnessed the killing. Moore turned himself in a few hours after the murder. The boys were turned over to their biological father.


8. Adrienne Martin: Dog Torturer Brags on Facebook "I'm On a Killa Mode"

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Adrienne Martin bragged on Facebook about burning Brownie, a pit-bull mix that would not survive its injuries.
Adrienne Martin's status updates last July were shocking: "I'm on killa mode .....#killdogs.com.....today," she wrote. The following day Martin commented "#alldogsdontgoheaven.com," and a few days later she wrote "#‎laughingeveryday‬" apparently referencing news reports about a severely burned dog discovered in north St. Louis. Brownie, a pit bull mix, would soon die from its injuries. And Martin would face felony charges for animal abuse. Who's laughing now?

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Almas Farmhouseantiques
Almas Farmhouseantiques

I think we need to be reminded and we need to do something Like take back the country from the 1 percent so people have opportunity to advance themselves. We need to retake our civil rights and get rid of the democrats and the Republicans who have sold us out.

Marshall Patrick
Marshall Patrick

More and more good citizens are going to be packin heat, when these shit bums try to hold them up/ quick stops/rape/car jack/ Metro Link robing's ect. ect. it's time we band together and show these thugs we are a Force to be feared in 2014........GOD bless us all with good health and a Blessed HAPPY LIFE

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

There were a lot more than ten murders this year. Each as bad as the other.


Does killing someone over $30 make it worse than had he gotten $50 from the register? What morals does this speak of the RFT editorial staff? Murder over $30 or $30G is murder. Does the RFT understand the murdering for $30G? Please explain how that is much better than than the murder over $30.

Kevin Griffin
Kevin Griffin

What a horrible article. Why would you want to remind people of this? Get it together RFT.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Dannielle Gillam, you don't give warning shots, that's the kind of shit you go to prison for, if you fear for your life you shoot em right in the face or chest

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

I had a hunch that John Paulsen's murder would be on this list. I hope justice prevails in his case. He is dearly missed.

Dannielle Gillam
Dannielle Gillam

Do the research and you'll see what I mean.. also everyone on the bank was drinking. And the warning shots made them practically charge him with rocks in their hands to hit him with. Also I should point out that the wife said they were up in the woods on his posted private property when they were told to leave.. and they argued and refused and they became violent.. so forgive me if I am wrong (which I am almost 100% that I'm not ) but when did self defense become a crime? Oh yeah and his mugshot that you see was also taken after his wounds were healed. Read the initial police reports he had cuts to his face and had his own blood on him as well as splatter from the man he shot

Dannielle Gillam
Dannielle Gillam

Not saying anything to start anything.. but the crocker deal is pretty messed up seeing as he was assaulted with rocks and was facing 40+ people on the bank and fired 3 warning shots. Then he shot the person who charged at him to take the gun... plus his wife changed her story from the initial report to the one she told in the court room.... I'm not a licensed expert only because I dropped out of school because I couldn't afford my final semester. However, I know the county this happened in well and it was high profile and the county is notorious for saying guilty before actually investigating the facts and the witnesses

Bill Taden
Bill Taden

Not much better than shake & bake RFT...

Sarah Anne
Sarah Anne

Disturbing is an understatement!! Our society is f'd up!!

Kristin Payeur
Kristin Payeur

Ok the one about the dog is horrible......but the one about the four month old baby is probably the worst thing I have ever read!!!

Dalton Mason
Dalton Mason

Um....aren't there always a ton of murders in stl? Just sayin.

Emily Phillips
Emily Phillips

The woman who burned the dog needs to be burnt herself.

Matt Weaver
Matt Weaver

Darreal Fentress fatally stabbed Kyle Roberts in the neck at Lacledes landing and was only charged with voluntary manslaughter but the news barely batted an eye towards it.

Jeanne Miller Kiefer
Jeanne Miller Kiefer

I'm sure she's out free and already torturing another animal. No rights for animals at all..... makes me sick

Craig Mitchell
Craig Mitchell

I don't think I need to see that burned dog photo, never again. I don't even know what happened to that woman, because I didn't want to chance poisoning my life again by viewing the photo of what she did to that dog. If she didn't get the appropriate punishment, I suspect a big wall of kharma is gonna fall on her at some point. That's usually the way it works.

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