THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Manhunt ends with suspect's suicide

Sunday, May 18, 2014 | 10:29 p.m. CDT; updated 7:06 a.m. CDT, Monday, May 19, 2014

COLUMBIA — The day after a four-hour manhunt, MU students found the body of the hunt's target at the Trowbridge Livestock Center. Police later identified the man as Zane S. Black, 36, who police suspected had committed a series of violent break-ins and sex-related crimes. Coverage of the manhunt and Black's death dominated this week's most-read stories.

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Here are the 10 most popular stories last week on, according to Google Analytics.

  1. Zane S. Black, 36, who committed suicide after the May 9 manhunt, was a staff nurse at University Hospital and a 2013 graduate of MU's Sinclair School of Nursing. His wife, Brandee Black, issued a statement about her husband. (2,485 page views)
  2. Sean Ryno, 29, a registered sex offender, struggles to keep a steady job and has limited visitation rights with his son, Julian. Ryno is one of 730 registered sex offenders in Missouri who could be able to petition to be removed from the registry if House Bill 1561 passes. (2,015 page views)
  3. MU students found a man's body on May 10 at the Trowbridge Livestock Center. Police said the body matched the description of the man law enforcement had been pursuing the night before. The manhunt, which began when the suspect ran into a wooded area, included a series of public alerts, K-9 tracking teams and a helicopter search.  (1,763 page views)
  4. Police identified the man as Zane S. Black, who had been reported missing by Columbia police on May 8. He was suspected in a series of break-ins and sex-related crimes that occurred in Columbia beginning on May 1, including one incident that occurred the morning of the manhunt. (1,508 page views)
  5. After former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams on May 10, a 2011 article about Missouri swimming and diving that includes a photo of Vito Cammisano, Sam's boyfriend, received attention. (1,428 page views) The photo itself, of Cammisano competing in the 150-yard butterfly event at the Show-Me Showdown Invitational, was by far the most viewed item on the Missourian's website this week, receiving 52,944 page views.
  6. A February article about former Missouri diver Greg DeStephen, Missouri's first openly gay athlete, received an influx of web traffic after the St. Louis Rams drafted Michael Sam. DeStephen, who graduated from MU in 2011, qualified for the NCAA championship meet three of his four seasons at Missouri. (1,251 page views)
  7. After Michael Sam, just drafted by the St. Louis Rams, kissed his boyfriend on ESPN on May 10, the social media site Twitter exploded. Peter King of Sports Illustrated tweeted, "Michael Sam rejoicing and kissing on national TV. This is a great moment for the country." (994 page views)
  8. MU student and former Missouri football player David Mikhail Sowell was arrested May 10 on suspicion of first-degree rape. A spokesman for the Missouri Athletics Department said Sowell had been dismissed from the team months earlier for "internal reasons."  (985 page views)
  9. A car crash Thursday on Route B south of Oakland Church Road killed driver Rene Lopez-Espinoza, 34, of Columbia. Richard Nelson, 60, of Hallsville, was taken to University Hospital for serious injuries. (546 page views)
  10. Michael and Carmen Beck spent Mother's Day with their twins, Micah and Eliana, who were born in December more than three months premature. Each of the twins weighed less than two pounds at birth and spent more than 100 days at the neonatal intensive-care unit. (576 page views)

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