Creepy Boarder Accused of Killing Richmond Heights Man

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John Kuchler - STLTODAY.COM
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Here's a follow-up to a story we reported yesterday.

Police now confirm that the death of J.L. "Jack" Pierson, 81, and the burning of his home in Richmond Heights early Wednesday morning was indeed a homicide.

Yesterday afternoon authorities in Oklahoma arrested the chief suspect: John Kuchler a 42-year-old boarder who lived with the disabled Pierson in his home.

Police allege that Kuchler stabbed to death the wheelchair-bound Pierson and then stole his minivan.  

The Post-Dispatch reports that Pierson was a former lawyer, liberal political activist and Boy Scout leader.

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