True Crime: Missouri: The State's Most Notorious Criminal Cases
True Crime: Missouri: The State's Most Notorious Criminal Cases
Stackpole Books

True Crime: Missouri: The State's Most Notorious Criminal Cases

  • Publish Date: 2011-08-04
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: David J. Krajicek

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True Crime: Missouri tells 11 stories of deadly doings in the Show-Me state. Author David J. Krajicek also considers whether there is something in the state's bloodlines that makes Missourians a particularly foul breed. One new resident of the state said a neighbor suggested that Missourians like to handle conflicts themselves. His advice: You shoot, you shovel, and you shut up.

Among the featured crimes in the book:

  • Lee Shelton's barroom murder of Billy Lyons in St. Louis, which inspired the popular song Stagger Lee.
  • The vigilante killing of the town bully of Skidmore, Ken McElroy. Did the tiny town, which has shriveled to nearly ghost-town status, curse itself by keeping a secret about the slaying?
  • The heartless kidnapping and murder of millionaire Robert Greenlease's son in Kansas City by a couple of St. Joseph barflies.
  • The Kirkwood City Council massacre.
  • The throwaway serial killings of perhaps two dozen young prostitutes in Kansas City by a garbage collector named Lorenzo J. Gilyard.
  • The forgotten story of Cockeyed Cook, a lost soul from Joplin who massacred an entire family and dumped them down a mineshaft.
  • The American Gothic killers, farmer Ray Copeland and his wife, Faye. They murdered their farm hands near Chillicothe in a bizarre plot to make money, and then made the mistake of planting their human crop too shallow.

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