Crazy, Sick Crime

Living in the basement, the 29-year-old mother with a child-like 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. Dorothy 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. 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.

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. Riley, 43-year-old Judy Woods and three teenagers, including Riley’s 15-year-old daughter, LeShelle McBride, are charged with first-degree murder, aggravated and heinous battery, intentional homicide of an unborn child, and unlawful restraint. Riley’s 12-year-old son is charged as a juvenile.

Riley, her daughter, Woods and 16-year-old Benny Wilson have public defenders who did not immediately return messages for comment. An 18-year-old defendant, Michael Elliott, planned to get his own attorney, court records show. All remain in jail on $1 million bond. Messages left with a Chicago-area sister of Dixon went unreturned, but neighbors, Hayes and newspaper accounts offer a mosaic of the months leading to Dixon’s demise inside the small, white, blue-shuttered house.

Riley and Dixon, police said, had lived in Quincy, a Mississippi River town about 100 miles north of St. Louis, Mo. Quincy is where Riley worked as a coordinator for a regional center that helps the developmentally disabled with housing and other services. Dixon was a client.

For years, an impoverished Riley struggled raising her children. Her use of methamphetamine and cocaine brought drug convictions in 2002 and 2004. But with treatment and housing help from the Quincy YWCA, Riley put her life in order — so much that in February of last year, the Quincy Herald-Whig did a story on her comeback.

Last summer, Dixon and Riley moved into the $800-a-month, three-bedroom rental in Alton about 15 miles north of St. Louis. From the start, neighbors Chad Hudson and Terri Brandt considered Riley trouble. Riley considered Dixon her slave, making her rub Riley’s feet until Riley fell asleep and forcing her to run naked around the house when she got in trouble, the neighbors said.
While doing fix-ups on the home last fall, landlord Steve Atkins saw Riley “barking orders” at the children and everyone else. Atkins joked to her whether he needed to call the Army and see if they wanted their drill sergeant back. Atkins said Dixon generally kept to herself “but was always nice when she spoke to you.” He saw no hints she’d been suffering or tortured.
Police said Dixon was allowed out of the house but didn’t say under what conditions. Hayes didn’t know who the father of Dixon’s fetus is. Hayes said things apparently came to a head Jan. 30, when investigators believe that Woods, during a dispute, beat Dixon on the head with an object Hayes wouldn’t identify. The next day Woods found her dead.

Hayes watched the autopsy and found her injuries disturbing. X-rays revealed roughly 30 BBs lodged in her. Deep-tissue burns covered about one-third of her body — her face, her chest, her arms and feet — and left her severely dehydrated. Her face and body showed signs of prolonged abuse. Many of her wounds were infected.

None of the injuries, Hayes said, proved singly fatal to Dixon. Her system already was taxed by her unborn baby. The disguting things humans are capable of never cease to amaze me.  I hope these assholes rot in hell.

23 replies on “Crazy, Sick Crime”

  1. What the hell is this world coming to, seriously?? Instead of teaching your 12 year old son to respect women (and their elders), you teach them to beat the crap out of them!! People suck!!

  2. WTF? This poor woman! Those people need to be tortured just like they tortured her. I hope that poor woman is finaly resting in peace. I hope the state takes good care of her child. This story just brakes me heart!

  3. Maybe this is what family bonding is like in western Illinois. Personally, I’d prefer they stick to incest.

  4. This story made me want to vomit. I hope that meth head bitch gets what she deserves, her ass repeatedly kicked in prison. I also hope the state of mississppi charges all involved as adults, even the 12 year old. What trashy people.

  5. I stopped reading the local newspaper for 6-months because of crazy-ass stuff like what happened here. I would like to believe “what goes around, comes around”.

  6. I cant believe people get away with this kind of stuff for soo long, I mean WTF!! I dont know how they could live with themselves, treating a mentally challenged person like an animal, and her child and even knowing she was carring another child. Its insane! Like one of the others said people are just freaking SICK!!!

  7. This is the most inhumane thing that I have ever read. I didn’t thing that people could be so mean. It disgusts me! These people should rot in the depths of hell.

  8. those imbeciles how can when she talks so nicely to others and stuff, can not see the burns and bruises on her?

  9. This kind of crap makes me sick. Its people like this that have a special place in hell waiting for them I hope. I hope that sick Riley gets what she deserves!

  10. and what about the neighbors who said they treated her like a slave and didn’t tell anybody? They are just about as bad!

  11. This sucks, i fell really bad for the poor woman. Almost brought a tear but most important, these people should rot in hell. I hope her child live a great life.

  12. This is sickening.I hope she does rot in hell.Her children are just as bad,I hope they get their ass’s kicked in juvi!!

  13. This is crazy, it reminds me of the movie the girl next door. where the neighborhood childeren did the same thing, to this girl and not one person felt one ounce of guilt. I can understand one person being this cruel but a whole family of monsters….its unbelivable.

  14. Although I’m deeply saddened and repulsed by this story, it dosen’t surprise me at all. I seriously believe that quite a large number of the ass holes in our country are more than capable of topping this. Just look to all your religious communities for bigotry and hate speech of every kind. With all the religeous people in this country spewing there opinions on the correct moral views to live by and how to conduct there lives to fit there beliefs I’m sure we’ll see more heinous crimes of varing degrees.

  15. Who saw fit to put a drug addict in charge of housing people with developmental delay ? This was a guarantee of disaster to come.

  16. I,m so sick and tired of these crazy ass twisted people.What kind of woman is she anyway.I think she is a sorry piece of trash who does not deserve to live. I feel so bad for that lady and her child and also for the unborn child.They both are in a better place where they will not suffer anymore,it’s just a shame she had to suffer the abuse and pain she did not deserve that. I tell you one thing i would love to be in jail with that bitch cause i would stomp her ass. I would not be afraid to bet that the baby she was carrying belonged to one of those twisted asses i hope they are resting in peace. I hope that justice will be served.

  17. What does bigotry and hate speech have anything to do with physically and mentally abusing a disabled person? There is some other underlying complaints that you have related to something else probably. Not about this story though.

  18. This is just sick very sick and said we in the wonderful USA. Where people from other countries are just dying to live. And our own people act like this and treat people so bad. God save our country from people like this.

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