Megan Boken was sitting in her car on an August afternoon in St. Louis, Missouri, when a teenager opened the driver-side door and shot her to death. Boken's case alarmed the city because the murder happened in broad daylight in a safe neighborhood (and, let's face it, because Boken was young, white and educated.)
Did you hear the one about the shoplifting mama who ditched her ten-year-old to take the fall? Then there was the sheriff's deputy busted for allegedly robbing a bank. How does a sheriff's deputy get arrested for robbing a bank? (Why does a sheriff's deputy rob a bank?) Those idiotic stories and more are outlined in this story from writer Erin Sherbert of the SF Weekly: The 20 Dumbest Crimes Committed in 2012 in the Bay Area
It's the police!
Former True Crime Report editor Pete Kotz has pulled together and ranked a real grab bag of awful people who did awful -- and often strange or just plain sick -- things this year. Head over to the St. Louis Riverfront Times for Pete's rundown of the 25 worst people of 2012.
8. Rebecca Lynn Burrell