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Old 05-12-2011, 07:59 AM   #271
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I think Dixon sounds like the type of person who would tell a lot of lies to be close to a situation, not even necessarily a person. Kind of like the people who claim responsibility for a murder when they didn't do it. I think he throws enough nuggets of truth in there to confuse people and jumped at the chance to destroy evidence because it puts him closer to the center of the case. He could have even learned more information from all the rumors that had to be swirling around town after the murder. He could have had a perfectly normal business or slightly friendly relationship with Tamiyasu that he wildly embellished on when the opportunity for major attention presented itself.
Are people sure he was the last one to see Tamiyasu alive? He could have found him when looking for him because of work related things. Could have even freaked out, left and came back later to call the police after thinking what a great attention getting scenario it was. Heck, if he likes attention that much, he could have killed Tamiyasu just to put himself in the middle of a mystery.

I haven't seen the segment. Couldn't find it. My theory is strictly from what I've read on this board and I'm just throwing it out there. I'm not convinced I'm right.
If Dixon is not the killer or did not partake in the murder of Eric Tamiyasu, then I 100% agree with this assessment.

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How about instead of speculating on Eric's murderer. What questions would you ask don Dixon if you ever met him in real life regarding the case?
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How about instead of speculating on Eric's murderer. What questions would you ask don Dixon if you ever met him in real life regarding the case?
What kind of spray did Eric buy from you?
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Found it! Needed to search title of segment, not names of people the segment was about.

The woman who was on the date with Tamiyasu doesn't appear to have had them change her name, doesn't have them blur her face and doesn't seem the least bit afraid when talking about what happened. I don't think she was afraid the weirdness had anything to do with her specifically, even if it did creep her out. If her ex did it, I would think she would have an inkling and be a bit more cautious or nervous about the whole thing. If she was afraid of an ex I don't think she would have gone outside with Tamiyasu to investigate (when they found the shoe print). Also, the police theorized the killer knew the layout of the house. It was their first date. How would her jealous ex know the layout? Though the police could be wrong about that.

I wonder if Dixon had actually fielded calls from other business associates that couldn't get in touch with Tamiyasu and wondered if he had been able to. Maybe not.
There may be reasons someone would give a business associate a key, but it seems more possible to me that Dixon found the door open (if he didn't do it). Tamiyasu could have let someone in and they left the door open on their way out. I wonder how much of what Dixon said was checked out by the police, like if he had a key at all.

Would it have been legal to dispose of the biohazardous mattress that way even if it had been natural causes? (Sunshine Cleaning has me wondering this. I know, it's just a movie, but if I remember correctly they did say something in it about it not being legal to put the mattress someone passed away on in the dumpster.)

The sheriff says it was his decision to have the mattress burned but I wonder if it was his idea in the first place.
Dixon looks like the one spreading the rumor about the Polynesian woman. I wonder if he also planted the idea of burning the mattress.

Dixon had an office in the same building as Smith, who he admits he eavesdropped on. I wonder if Smith and Tamiyasu said something about Dixon that he did not like.
Smith says Tamiyasu said Don was someone he bought sprays from, period. I wonder what brought that comment about. Why he felt the need to clarify.

Dixon may very well have checked for signs of suicide. It would make more sense to look for a gun than to look for exit wounds though in my opinion.
I could see Dixon picking up shell casings(if there were any left behind), not seeing a gun, realizing he touched evidence and putting them in his pocket because of his fingerprints, then looking for exit wounds so he could say "hey he was shot" and not look suspicious for knowing it. I could also see him picking them up because he did it.

I really can't say I feel for certain that any of the named suspects did or didn't do it.
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Smith says Tamiyasu said Don was someone he bought sprays from, period. I wonder what brought that comment about. Why he felt the need to clarify.
He was stating that Eric and Dixon were NOT close friends, but mere acquaintances. The reason he needed to clarify this was because Dixon was going around claiming Eric and him to be best friends.
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I watched this again semi-recently. I don't have a firm opinion yet. I need to re-read this thread and watch the segment a few more times. I will say though that I could believe Dixon is innocent. He struck me as liking the attention that his being involved in Tamiyasu's murder was bringing to him. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he was "just some guy Eric bought spray from" yet after he found Eric's body they are suddenly "thick as thieves", or however that saying goes.

It kinda reminds me of all the men who stepped forward claiming they were at the scene of the Aimee Willard abduction. They were all liars, yet none were the killer. Some people just like inserting themselves in to police investigations. I get that vibe from Dixon.
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He was stating that Eric and Dixon were NOT close friends, but mere acquaintances. The reason he needed to clarify this was because Dixon was going around claiming Eric and him to be best friends.

That's not what I meant. I know why Smith brought it up but what Smith says is "What Eric told me is that Don is somebody he bought sprays from, period." Like Tamiyasu was asked who Don was or Don was already acting like they were buddies and Tamiyasu said to Smith that Don was just someone he bought sprays from. So I wondered what brought that comment about. Why Tamiyasu felt the need to clarify.
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It kinda reminds me of all the men who stepped forward claiming they were at the scene of the Aimee Willard abduction. They were all liars, yet none were the killer. Some people just like inserting themselves in to police investigations. I get that vibe from Dixon.
I've often thought that too about Dixon. If he wasn't involved in any way (and I still have a hard time believing he wasn't), then there's no doubt in my mind that he's an attention seeker, trying to pass himself off as a "concerned friend" so he can get closer in the investigation of Eric's murder. But if he was nothing more than someone Eric brought sprays from, it's extremely suspicious for him to have been in Eric's house the morning he discovered him. That's why I kind of lean more towards Dixon "discovering" Eric as a way to cast suspicion away from him. This would also be convenient for Dixon to say that he had the access codes for Eric's house, since he probably was never supposed to be there.
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After re-watching this segment, I do agree that Don Dixon seemed like the type who just wanted to be close to the investigation, but more importantly, the only reason there are other suspects in addition to Dixon is because of hearsay from Dixon himself.

I also found it interesting that Eric Smith said that Tamiyasu referred to Dixon as just "a guy he bought spray from" and that most of Tamiyasu's friends didn't even know who Dixon was. It would be interesting to know if this were actually true. I do believe that Dixon was responsible but I can't see a clear motive. Maybe this was a case of obsession and stalking like in "The Cable Guy," but more serious. Maybe Dixon was so jealous of Tamiyasu's life and maybe Tamiyasu wasn't interested in being best friends, as Dixon seemed to want. Who knows.
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I watched this again semi-recently. I don't have a firm opinion yet. I need to re-read this thread and watch the segment a few more times. I will say though that I could believe Dixon is innocent. He struck me as liking the attention that his being involved in Tamiyasu's murder was bringing to him. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he was "just some guy Eric bought spray from" yet after he found Eric's body they are suddenly "thick as thieves", or however that saying goes.

It kinda reminds me of all the men who stepped forward claiming they were at the scene of the Aimee Willard abduction. They were all liars, yet none were the killer. Some people just like inserting themselves in to police investigations. I get that vibe from Dixon.
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After re-watching this segment, I do agree that Don Dixon seemed like the type who just wanted to be close to the investigation, but more importantly, the only reason there are other suspects in addition to Dixon is because of hearsay from Dixon himself.

I also found it interesting that Eric Smith said that Tamiyasu referred to Dixon as just "a guy he bought spray from" and that most of Tamiyasu's friends didn't even know who Dixon was. It would be interesting to know if this were actually true. I do believe that Dixon was responsible but I can't see a clear motive. Maybe this was a case of obsession and stalking like in "The Cable Guy," but more serious. Maybe Dixon was so jealous of Tamiyasu's life and maybe Tamiyasu wasn't interested in being best friends, as Dixon seemed to want. Who knows.
I think I'm going to stick to the word of the person who had Tamiyasu as his best man at his wedding than some moron who accused everyone except Jesus of murdering Tamiyasu. Hell, Tamiyasu might not have even liked Dixon that much.
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this is an intersting case. this one and the bordello murders are two of my most interesting cases from the dvd collection. although the bordello murders seem more clear.

on this case there is a lot of confusion and UM did a good job of showcasing the 3 suspects. I think it might be more possible that it was someone else(not one of the 3 suspects featured).

One question I have is the mattress. Was it determined that the mattress did not have crucial evidence before it was burned? Was it burned before any evidence was examined( a mistake made by law enforcement) or was it burned to cover up something? For me this is a very interesting aspect of the case.
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One question I have is the mattress. Was it determined that the mattress did not have crucial evidence before it was burned? Was it burned before any evidence was examined( a mistake made by law enforcement) or was it burned to cover up something? For me this is a very interesting aspect of the case.
The mattress was burned by law enforcment since the Sheriff thought it would be too much of an emotional strain to the family to see the bed that Eric died in. At the time of the burning, no one knew Eric was murdered so it seems likely that it was just a mistake made by law enforcement.
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What I find to be interesting is that in the segment, Dixon claims to have over heard Eric Tamiyasu and Eric Smith talking about a debt of 50k, however, the police officer investigating the death looked into that and found that it was actually only 16k. Then we have "mssamspede" posting on here again saying it was 50k, which further proves, IMO, that "mssamspede" is Don Dixon.
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What I find to be interesting is that in the segment, Dixon claims to have over heard Eric Tamiyasu and Eric Smith talking about a debt of 50k, however, the police officer investigating the death looked into that and found that it was actually only 16k. Then we have "mssamspede" posting on here again saying it was 50k, which further proves, IMO, that "mssamspede" is Don Dixon.
I'll tell you what convinced me Dixon was the author. Two phrases in mssamsspede's post in reference to Dixon: "biologist" and "training as a Vietnam-era soldier."
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