Skip to comments.Pregnant woman's death by torture described
Posted on 03/22/2008 10:06:30 AM PDT by afortiori
ALTON, Ill. - Banished to the basement, the 29-year-old mother with a childlike mind and another baby on the way had little more than a thin rug and a mattress to call her own on the chilly concrete floor, police say.
Dixon ate what she could forage from the refrigerator upstairs, where housemates used her for target practice with BBs, burned her with a glue gun, and doused her with scalding liquid that peeled away her skin.
They torched what few clothes she had, so she walked around naked. They often pummeled her with an aluminum bat or metal handle.
Dixon - six months pregnant - died after weeks of abuse. Police have charged two adults, three teenagers, and a 12-year-old boy with murder in the case that has repulsed many in this Mississippi River town.
"This is heartbreaking," police Lieutenant David Hayes said. "It was almost as though they were making fun of the abuse they were administering. This woman was almost like living in a prison."
Investigators put much of the blame on Michelle Riley, 35, who they said befriended Dixon but pocketed monthly Social Security checks she got because of her developmental delays...
"I've never seen an almost conspiratorial effort by a group of people to continuously torture someone until she finally died, then not really show any remorse," Hayes said. "It was just a slow, torturous, tragic way to die. I highly doubt Dorothy Dixon even knew she was dying."
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Could not read much of that story. I agree that the people who did this need an appointment with Sparky ASAP.
My heart absolutely breaks for what she went through, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Almost? Almost? Is that wacko implying that there's room for doubt? Is this what our politically correct gonadless system has turned into?
I don’t care what anyone else thinks, there is NO such thing as cruel and unusual punishment for these perps. Tie ‘em to a barn door and whip them till they die!
My God. The constant pain and suffering that poor girl endured. It’s heartbreaking and angering. Makes me want to strangle that whole group myself. She had the mind of a child. I know she’s finally at peace and free of pain in Heaven. They ALL need the death penalty....but the minors are going to walk because of their age, and be released into society where they can torture and murder some more. This...I don’t have the words. They will all be in Hell while Dixon rests with God in Heaven.
Not surprisingly, she had a previous drug problem.
Fry her and all involved.
She would have been SAFER living in prison.
Pray for these people.
“Dixon saw little, if any, of the money, Hayes said. For months she weathered the torment to keep a roof over her head and that of her year-old son, who weighed just 15 pounds when taken into state custody after his mom’s death.”
Tragic is hardly a word to describe any of this.
Any decent person would weep.
That struck me, too.
Dieing would be relief.
There is a part of me that begs to be the administrator of the whip.
Another part feels Gods stare upon me, looking deep into my heart and sole. And the weight and pain overcomes my desire to administer.
Typical parasites: No concern for the host whatsoever despite their dependence on it.
Everyone who lived in that house deserves the death penalty, imo.
She would have been SAFER living in prison.
I was going to make a joke about she'd also have cable tv, but I just can't. And to top it off, these vile perps will get to go to prison which is a paradise compared to what they inflicted upon that innocent.
George Ryan I hope you burn in hell and you're 'roomies' in the slam have turned you into their personal plaything.
Let’s outsource our corrections system to China.
ALMOST like a prison??? I don't know what sick way of life people in his town are used to, but the rest of us are a little more civilized. ALMOST??!!
with treatment and housing help from the Quincy YWCA
There just arent enough dots to connect but some one some where decided to provide money with out ever checking out the recipient to see what was going on. This is just another welfare disaster. Rather than put the culprits in jail for years of free housing etc. I vote for the electric chair and end all misery. They dont deserve to live
.actually a firing squad would save on the electricity.
There isn’t a prison in the free world that would have this occur without serious repercussions to the perps.
May God have mercy on their souls. I’m incapable of accepting such inhumanity. I’d force them to do EXACTLY these same things TO EACH OTHER until they were ALL dead.
My aunt and I both keep persons of genuine need under our respective roofs. Kinder, more generous and trusting folks you will never meet.
These (aforementioned) pieces of wasted pseudo-humanity disgust me.
As for any LIB reading: How would you like it if YOU, or your sister, brother, momma, dad, dog, cat or pet RAT were treated this way, but had no recourse? You never thought of THAT, HUH?
Top left to right: Benny Wilson, Michelle Riley, Judy Woods. Bottom left to right: Michael Elliott and Leshelle McBride.
Two of Riley's family members and a neighbor said Riley was an abusive and controlling ringleader who manipulated and threatened everyone in the house. They said the children involved are innocent and did what Riley said because they were scared.
The abuse took place between Dec. 1 and Jan. 30, according to court records. Dixon was found beaten to death Jan. 31 in her apartment in the 2900 block of Hillcrest Avenue. Woods was arrested and charged the next day.
"I think it can be characterized as torturous," said Lt. David Hayes, Alton police's chief of detectives.
Riley had been taking Dixon's monthly Social Security check that she presumably received as a result of developmental disabilities, Hayes said.
"If there was one single motive, it was probably money," he said.
The house on Hillcrest has three bedrooms and housed at least six people, with a seventh on the way. Dixon and Riley rented the place in June or July for $800 a month.
"I thought I knew them real well," said Steve Atkins, the landlord.
Atkins said Dixon was quiet and friendly. Riley, on the other hand, wasn't as easygoing, Atkins said. He was on the property one day making some repairs, and Riley was barking orders, Atkins said.
"I asked her, 'Do I need to call the Army and tell them to come get their drill sergeant?'" said Atkins, 39. "I thought that was funny. But she didn't laugh."
Police in Quincy, Ill., said Riley and Dixon lived together in Quincy for some time before moving to Alton.
Glenda Farkas, director of the West Central Illinois Center for Independent Living, confirmed that Dixon had been a client and that Riley had been an employee. The center assists developmentally disabled people with housing and other services.
It's unclear how Woods and Wilson were connected to the group. Elliott didn't live at the Hillcrest house, but police said he had a "relationship" with one of the residents.
Riley has a criminal record that includes narcotics offenses in Quincy in 2002 and 2004, and of fighting in 2003, Adams County court records show.
Riley was a longtime drug abuser who had been prescribed drugs for mental issues, said Gary Farha, first assistant Adams County state's attorney. But Riley said in court hearings that she didn't like taking her medication because it made her gain weight.
"Michelle has never been a stable person," said Riley's sister, Tynisa Nebe, 30.
Riley ran away from home often and would panhandle, she said.
"I knew something was wrong with her, but I never thought in a million years she'd do something like this," Nebe said.
Farha said Riley sold drugs on the street to finance her own use. He said prosecutors originally charged her with selling drugs but reduced the charges, in part "because we didn't want to send a woman with that many children to prison."
So instead, they moved to Alton.
Dixon slept in an unfinished section of the basement, Atkins said. He believes that Woods moved into her room, too. Atkins said he didn't know at the time that Woods was living on the property.
Terri Brandt, 27, said her next-door neighbors were always making noise. She said that she witnessed Riley punish Dixon by making her run naked and that Riley would pour boiling water and use a hot glue gun on Dixon. Riley had baby monitors in all the rooms to keep tabs on everyone, Brandt said.
Riley forced the others in the house to run her bath water, lay out her clothes and rub her feet at night until she fell asleep, Brandt said.
Like Atkins, the landlord, Nebe also described her sister as a "drill sergeant."
When Woods was the first occupant arrested at the end of January, everyone else moved out. Atkins, the landlord, came to clean up. He found a bucket of feces in Dixon's room and BBs all over the place. A waist-high door had been nailed shut from inside Dixon's room. Atkins had to clean blood on walls, the washer and dryer and in the basement shower near Dixon's room.
"It's a total disgrace what happened," Atkins said. "What does a person have to do to deserve to die like that?"
Pamela Hodge, Riley's mother-in-law and the grandmother of the 12-year-old boy charged, said her grandson is innocent and was scared of Riley.
"She's not a mother," Hodge said of Riley. "I don't know what to call her. But it's not those kids' fault."
Said Nebe, Riley's sister: "She moved those kids in and out. Those kids have seen it all. "
Brandt, the neighbor, had been watching Wilson since everyone moved out of the Hillcrest home. Brandt said she has legal custody over Wilson, whom she now visits nightly in an Edwardsville jail. Brandt said Wilson was afraid of Riley and did whatever he was told. Brandt also described Woods as a mild and friendly woman.
"Judy (Woods) didn't have a mean bone in her body," Brandt said. "Michelle (Riley) made her take the blame for Dorothy's death."
Evil people. Wood chipper feet first is to good for them.
I will have to settle for a mass sparky event. (A sparky couch?)
What a sick society we are becoming, when even the smallest and most defenseless are at the mercy of amoral creatures. Please, publish all their names and pray that someone wreaks the same on them as they have done.
There has to be a special circle of Hell for these creatures.
Is that what you mean?
No, I mean pray for them to accept Jesus Christ into their hearts. It’s almost impossible for us to understand how Jesus still loves these people as much as “good” people and longs for them to turn to Him.
When I became a Christian, the idea of revenge was one of the hardest things I have found to let go of.
Scum, no better than Al Queda.
One of those teenage boys probably raped her. Do a DNA test for additional charges.