This story has it all, but it’s all horrible.
57-year-old Kenneth McClure, owner of Legends Comics & Cards in St Louis, MO was found shot dead in a field yesterday. However, that’s just the centerpiece of a circle of lurid crime that is TRU ready. McClure had recently been charged with the statutory rape of a 13 year old girl (which took place in the shop, where he lived in the basement), and had held police in a stand-off at the store when they came to arrest him — holding a gun to his head for three hours.
Yesterday, McClure was found slain in a wooded area off the interstate — and the police think that a couple who had ties to both McClure and the victim were the culprits.
The woman had worked at McClure’s store and had been in a relationship with him, said McClure’s nephew, Everett “Sonny” McClure III. She also lived with the male suspect and is related to the mother of the 13-year-old girl who accused Kenneth McClure of rape.
Witnesses report seeing McClure’s stolen Chevrolet Camaro speeding away from a spot where shots were fired. Although the suspects seem to have a motive, the DA has asked for more evidence before asking for an indictment.
On Tuesday, McClure was late for a hearing on his rape trial; it was the search which led to his body being found, leading his lawyer to comment “This is the first time I was waiting for a client and I found out he was murdered while I was waiting.”
McClure gave the ownership of the store to his nephew, Sonny McClure, last week. Some theorize that this was some kind of “assisted-suicide”, as McClure has left a note to his nephew. Others think it’s a revenge killing.
Either way, Sonny McClure’s sad wiping of the counter top captures a sense of the overall misery of this story.