A lot of great things that happened in American history were rooted in Missouri. However, not everyone in our state was out to support the greater good. These 6 people all had ties to 5 Missouri cities and committed some pretty unthinkable acts of violence.
1. Robert Berdella - Kansas City
Though Berdella was born in Ohio, all of the crimes he committed took place in Kansas City. Berdella's victims were male and all of them were drugged, held captive and tortured before he killed them. He kept a torture log which listed out some of his tactics that included gouging out eyeballs, electrical shocks and injecting their vocal chords with drainer.
2. Terry Blair - Kansas City
After serving 21 years in jail for the murder of his wife, Blair went on a killing spree in an effort to "kill all prostitutes." He was charged with 8 counts of homicide, though 2 of them and the sexual assault charges were dropped. In the end, he was convicted of killing 6 victims.
3. Jesse James - Kearney
Jesse James is one of the most infamous criminals in American history. His crimes were thought to have been committed in vengeance due to the poor treatment he believed his family received from Union members.
4. Jeffrey Lundgren - Independence
Lundgren was born and raised in Independence as member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was thought to have been abusive towards his wife and was dismissed by the church. He later founded his own cult in Ohio and convinced his members to brutally murder one of the families within the cult. This included not only the parents, but also their 15, 13 and 6-year old daughters.
5. James Earl Ray - Ewing
James Earl Ray spent most of his childhood in Ewing, Missouri until joining the army during World War II. When he returned, he lived his life as a convict on the run, serving time and escaping prison by hiding in a bread truck. But what earned him his notoriety was when he was accused and convicted for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
6. Bloody Bill Anderson - Huntsville
William T. Anderson, otherwise known as "Bloody Bill", was a member of the Confederate guerrillas during the late 1800s. He led the Centralia Massacre and spearheaded two raids that day that killed over 124 Union members and militiamen.
It’s safe to say that these guys wouldn’t be recognized as Missouri hometown heroes. What do you think about some of these grisly crimes?