Tag Archive: Missouri

Body of missing St. Louis soldier found

 Robert Polk

Robert Polk

I’m saddened that I have to post that the body of 22-year-old Robert Polk of St. Louis was found this past Thursday. It appears that Mr. Polk had been there for some time however police have released that the cause of death appears to be a shooting. As you may recall Mr. Polk went missing a week ago today after going to look at a car that he found on craigslist.

Police aren’t saying if craigslist is related to his murder since they have not yet named a suspect. However police have said that there has been a transaction on one of Mr. Polk’s financial accounts that is said to have taken place after his death.

Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers. The phone number is 866–3 71–8477.

As I mentioned in my last post about Mr. Polk too many people have been murdered in the past year or so after going to look for cars on craigslist. If a deal for a car looks too good to be true on craigslist it probably is. A lot of criminals use fake ads for cars as a way to lure a victim that they know will have a substantial amount of cash on them.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Robert Polk.

UPDATE 11/1/2015: I received the following information from MissingVeterans.com on my Pinterest page

The regional CrimeStoppers organization is requesting help from the public. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the murder of Mr. Polk will be eligible for up to a $5,000 reward. Call or text a crime tip to the CrimeStoppers hotline: 1-866-371-TIPS (8477)

St. Louis veteran goes missing after leaving to buy car on craigslist

 Robert Polk

Robert Polk

22-year-old Robert Polk of St. Louis has been missing since Saturday after leaving to go buy a car on craigslist. Mr. Polk had previously served in the Army and had recently saved up enough money to buy a new car.

Polk was last seen around 7 p.m. on October 3, wearing a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants.

Anyone with information on Robert Polk’s whereabouts should contact the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department at 314-444-5309.

Unfortunately this is a recurring event. Just this year Taylor S. Clark of Illinois and Bud and June Runion of Georgia were both killed after going to buy cars on craigslist. Criminals will either advertise a popular car at a lower than usual price or advertise a classic car that is hard to come by. Usually the goal is robbery, insisting that the buyer brings cash, but occasionally it ends up in murder.

I pray to God that is not the case here.

Taylor Clark may have been killed because the killer’s car was repo’d

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

As I’ve previously posted 19-year-old Taylor Clark of Madison County, Illinois, was shot and killed after trying to sell his car on craigslist. His alleged killer is 24-year-old Michael Gordon of St. Louis. Taylor’s car and then his body were found in Hazelwood, Missouri. It seems there may have been a very good reason for that.

Reports say that Taylor met Gordon at his Gordon’s place of work where witnesses say that they drove off to a wooded area near the business before Gordon returned alone. The story gets even more tragic and pathetic from there. Gordon is said to have driven the same type of car that Taylor was selling except Gordon had his repossessed.

While police have not commented on this finding it’s beginning to sound like that Gordon killed Taylor because of his own inadequacies. Just like cowards do.

How did Gordon possibly think that this car swap killing was even going to work. I swear that criminals sometimes think that life works like a cheesy 1980s sitcom or movie where it’s so crazy it just might work. No, it doesn’t. It never works. So instead of being a leech on society fix your own damn problems before murdering someone for some selfish and shallow reason.

An innocent man is dead because he may have driven the same type of car that some other guy had repo’d. Think about that.

Missing Illinois man selling car on craigslist found dead

Taylor S. Clark

Taylor S. Clark

Once again I’m sad to post that the body of 19-year-old Taylor S. Clark was found shot to death 400 yards from the car he was trying to sell on craigslist. Taylor’s car was found abandoned in Hazelwood, Missouri. No suspect has been named or arrested at this time.

Police are seeking the public’s help in this case. Please call the Major Case Squad if you have any tips: 314-513-5225

Still no word if Taylor was set up through craigslist but the memory of the murder of Bud and June Runion, who died under similar circumstances in Georgia, are still fresh in our minds.

My prayers and condolences go out to Taylor’s friends and family.

UPDATE 5/6/2015: Police in Missouri have arrested 24-year-old Michael Gordon of St. Louis and have officially charged him with the murder of Taylor Clark. Taylor’s murder does appear to be yet another ‘craigslist killing’ as investigators have said that Taylor and Gordon exchanged e-mails about the car that Taylor was selling on craigslist.

Illinois man’s disappearance may have craigslist connection

Taylor S. Clark

Taylor S. Clark

19-year-old Taylor S. Clark of Madison County, Illinois has been missing since yesterday around 10:30 am local time. He may have been going to meet someone about selling his 2007 Nissan 350ZX that he had advertised on craigslist.

Clark is described as a white male standing 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds. He has light brown shorter hair and a full facial mustache and beard.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Clark or his vehicle, or may have information about his disappearance is asked to call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 618-692-4433, the investigation line at 618-692-0871, or the anonymous tip line at 618-296-3000.

Please share this and the news story I linked to especially if you live in the area, but please share it even if you don’t.

My prayers go out to Taylor’s friends and family in hopes of a safe return.

UPDATE 5/6/2015: Taylor’s car was found in Hazelwood, Missouri, but so far he has not been found. For what it’s worth it’s about a 40 minute drive from Madison County to Hazelwood according to Google Maps.

Missouri Governor vetoes bill that would classify e-cigs as non-tobacco


I briefly talked about the Missouri bill on vaping and e-cigs here. At that time I thought it was just another bill that would ban sales to minors. However the bill also contained a clause that would classify e-cigs and vaping as non-tobacco products. Because of that clause Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill.

Again, you would think that public officials that are always saying how concerned they are with the public’s health would welcome an effective alternative to smoking that doesn’t carry the multitude of health risks that smoking does. As I’ve said time and time again this is all about money. It’s about the taxes that state governments place on tobacco that must pay a lot of salaries.

Remember kids, a politician’s only real job is to get re-elected.

What does the American Cancer Society have against vaping?


I’m reading this article about how Missouri is getting ready to pass age restrictions on vaping and e-cigarettes. Nothing new really. The same old under 18 ban. As we keep saying most vendors won’t sell to anyone under 18 anyway but a law doesn’t really hurt.

What really caught my eye about this article was the reaction of someone from the Missouri branch of the American Cancer Society.

“We still don’t know that these are safe,” said Stacy Reliford, Missouri government relations director of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “That’s our greatest concern.”

“Our bottom-line concern is that it defines e-cigarettes as something other than a tobacco product,” Reliford said. “The nicotine in an e-cigarette is derived from tobacco.”

They want vaping and e-cigs to be regarded as tobacco products even though there is no tobacco in them just because the nicotine is derived from tobacco. Now I could understand if vaping and e-cigs were without a doubt proven to be as cancerous as cigarettes but they haven’t yet. I doubt they will be but that’s beside the point. Why are they so quick to ban a device or delivery system that has helped so many people from inhaling the known poisonous cloud of cigarettes?

Maybe it’s self-preservation? If more people quit smoking then maybe fewer people get lung cancer. If cancer rates drop dramatically due to more people quitting then fewer people may donate to the ACS. Am I saying that this is a fact? No, of course not. However it is something to think about until the ACS comments or proves otherwise.

The 18% (From the mouth of Liz McDougall VII)

In offensive against sex trafficking, Ann Wagner steps into controversial realm:

Backpage attorney Liz McDougall

Backpage attorney Liz McDougall

The article I linked to from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is about how U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (MO) is endorsing the SAVE Act. The Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act would make it illegal for U.S. websites to allow advertising for prostitution.

In the same article the AIM Group claims that 82 percent of all online prostitution takes place on Backpage.

Yet here is all that Backpage’s mouthpiece and lawyer Liz McDougall had to say about it…

“Despite the comments of some legislators, the problem and proposed legislation are Internet-wide, not restricted to or caused by Backpage.”

Which basically translates to ‘Oh yeah? Well what about the other 18 percent?’ Pathetic and cowardly.

Methtards charged with burying newborn in bucket of concrete

Matthew and Krystal Scroggs

Matthew and Krystal Scroggs

Cass County parents charged in death of baby found in concrete:

Both parents of baby found in concrete now in custody:

Matthew and Krystal Scroggs of Pleasant Hill, Missouri are methtards of the highest order. The last time Mrs. Scroggs was pregnant she smoked a lot of meth, didn’t get any prenatal care, told no one she was pregnant, then delivered at home. Suffice it to say the baby was born with complications and after about a day died. In keep with their dumbass methtard decisions Mr. Scroggs decided that the best course of action would be to encase the newborn’s body in concrete inside a plastic bucket. The cause of death was basically a meth overdose because of Mrs. Tweaker’s habits.

The birth took place in November but for some reason the police didn’t charge them for three months. Probably waiting for the toxicology results.

Their other children, ages 11, 6, 4 and 3, have been placed in state custody and also tested positive for meth. Both Breeders are looking at life sentences and then some on second-degree murder charges.

Having never been a drug addict at what point does all sensibility and consideration for your children just completely go up in smoke? Not to mention I would never smoke anything that mixes trailer trash and chemistry.

Thanks to Jessica for the tip.

Creepy craigslist dad wanted someone to rape his daughter

MO dad allegedly seeks person to rape, beat child:

Local man accused of seeking person to beat, rape 11-year-old relative:

Anthony Brinkman, Missouri Father, Arrested For Craigslist Ad Seeking Someone To Beat, Rape Daughter:

Anthony Brinkman

Anthony Brinkman

Some of you may have heard of this story. We’ll get to why in a moment. First the grisly details and I do mean grisly.

32-year-old Anthony Brinkman of Cuba, Missouri was recently arrested for an ad he allegedly placed on craigslist. I mean it’s no big deal right? Tons of people post ads on craigslist and don’t get arrested right? So what’s the big deal. Oh nothing really. Except that Brinkman’s ad was allegedly soliciting the rape and beating of his own 11-year-old daughter. That’s right kids. Daddy Brinkman wanted someone to beat and rape his 11-year-old daughter while he watched.

Thankfully the ad was called in by an anonymous tipster and police were able to react. They set up a meeting at a local chain restaurant where Brinkley was arrested with his daughter in tow. I guess he wanted it to happen right then and there. Investigators were even shocked that he brought his daughter so willingly.

So how come this story actually made national headlines even though this took place in a flyover state? I think the level of brutality that Brinkman wanted for his own child is what thrust this story into the national spotlight. Unfortunately in the days since this story broke it’s almost already been forgotten. No outrage anymore. It’s just another forgotten story and because it’s forgotten so quickly craigslist won’t be taken to task for allowing this kind of activity to take place on their website. People will continue to use it like nothing happens on craigslist and possibly some freak like Brinkman will actually get away with some sick and violent sexual fantasy that involves their children.

I implore you not to let that happen.