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Old 06-01-2009, 06:04 PM   #76
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That's right, all circlestantive.
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None of what you stated is evidence. It's circumstantial.

Yes i agree that most of it is circumstantial but the fact that don refused to take a polygraph test seems strange to me....im just saying...what has he got to hide and the fact that he said, 'the only two people i know who didn't do it was my wife and myself...everybody else in my mind is a suspect' it seems like he is trying to shift the blame from himself. Most murders cases that have been unsolved have evidence that is circumstantial and isn't enough to arrest anyone and i guess thats why don dixon hasn't been arrested...yet....
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I just had to bump up this thread. Hey Mastermind, why do you think Don Dixon would have wanted Eric Tamiyasu dead?
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I think it's a Single White Female sort of thing, with Don Dixon being the infatuated, obsessive "friend". Maybe he was secretly attracted to Eric and couldn't handle the fact that Eric was dating girls.
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I think it's a Single White Female sort of thing, with Don Dixon being the infatuated, obsessive "friend". Maybe he was secretly attracted to Eric and couldn't handle the fact that Eric was dating girls.
Or it could be that Don was a potential fraud artist that was about to use Eric as a victim.

I don;t think this a crime of passion. The fact that the crime has the earmarks of a professional job (three bullets to the head, waiting till the girlfriend left) makes me think there is some financial gain to Eric's death.

If it was a crime of passion and Eric was jealous why wait for his girlfriend to leave?

Apostapler, one thought I had is that perhaps it was feared that Eric was going to expose Don in some way. Maybe Eric was going to expose Don as a homosexual? Perhap Eric knew of something potentially illegal that Don was getting into.
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One interesting aspect about the case is the way Don Dixon portrays himself as being close to Eric. There could be something to that. Eric Smith said that Don lived in a fantasy world, i.e. Don thought Eric fancied him. As some people have already mentioned, Don might have wanted to have a relationship with Eric, but Eric turned him down. So, he killed him as a result.
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Dixon and Sherriff Wampler were in on it IMO. Dixon could have had a variety of reasons to kill Eric as mentioned above. Wampler probably knew about his wife's affairs with Eric and maybe sent Dixon out to do a hit on him. Maybe Dixon had some dirt that Wampler had on him but would let him off the hook if he did this one thing. Therefore a "burned bed" won't have any of Wampler's wife hair or DNA on it. Wampler is a sheriff and he certainly has insight on how to pass a polygraph while Dixon is told to just outright refuse it.

Think about it, in the movie "Street Kings" Keanu Reeves says "we're the police, we can do anything we want." In other words, they can relay a story of what happened. If there is a murder, they can treat it as a suicide. If a cop is involved they can cover it up. This case reeks of that.
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One interesting aspect about the case is the way Don Dixon portrays himself as being close to Eric. There could be something to that. Eric Smith said that Don lived in a fantasy world, i.e. Don thought Eric fancied him. As some people have already mentioned, Don might have wanted to have a relationship with Eric, but Eric turned him down. So, he killed him as a result.
Yeah, similar theory, a la "American Beauty" (I know, I like using movie references.) Man trying to come out of closet comes out to friend, gets turned down, murders guy that turned him down because he's afraid.

For bonus drama, maybe Wampler was part of this bizarre love triangle.
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Burning a bed is not like throwing a tarp on a body or cleaning up blood on the pavement with a hose.

As many of you who have had to move their mattresses out of your homes. It's a pretty big deal to do so. Much less then to burn it?

You have to put forth a lot of effort and have the help of someone else to do it.

There is no rational reason to take a bloody bed bring it outside and burn it other than to compromise the crime scene.

I also find it odd that Wampler would choose the person who was first at the seen to help him do this rather than have a deputy help him.

Think about it :why would you have a civilian that could compromise or implicate you in the murder?

I'm sure that his deputies would not say a thing if they were ordered to do so? Wampler wouldn;t even have to explain his reasons for doing so.

The only reason to not wait for a deputy to do so would be that the Sheriff wanted to burn the bed before forensics or a coroner arrived. (I assume the bed was burned before this? Am i wrong? )


Sheriff Wampler to me is 100% guilty of some part in Eric's murder.

Plus, why burn the bed??

He could have easily put it aside or left it somewhere out of sight of the Tamiyasu's?!! I don;t think he needed to risk setting a fire and destroying evidence just to keep the damn thing out of their sight?!!!

As for Don Dixon.

I think there is more to their relationship than just him selling fertilizer.

I wonder if there was some busines being done "off" the books that Don Dixon had an interest in.

Perhaps something illegal.
I completely agree with you and thought that exact thing when I first saw the episode. Why, if you want to burn a bed, would you not ask a fellow officer or deputy to it?? Why would you ask some random guy who claims to be a friend of the victim. I think both Dixon and Wampler were either in on it or know who did it and aren't doing a thing about it. I don't believe this case will ever be solved until a new sheriff is elected or until some fresh eyes get a look at this case, preferably at the federal level.
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I have to bump this thread. Does anyone think that if a new sheriff is elected, maybe this case will end up being solved or is it simply a case of small town corruption?
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No, for these reasons.

1. If Sheriff Wampler was implicated in the murder, that would be extremely bad press for the department. Police tend to want to avoid that type of thing.

2. There are still probably deputies loyal to Sherff Wampler. Such an investigation could cause rifts in the department. Not a good idea for a new Sheriff trying to win over his deputies.

3. I hate to say this but there is probably some "poison pill" election agreement that was placed that if the new deputy was elected, the Eric Tamiyasu case would not be investigated. This poison pill could be some corruption on the new Sheriff. If Eric Tamiyasu's case would be opened up, the "dirt" on the new Sherriff would be revealed.
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No, for these reasons.

1. If Sheriff Wampler was implicated in the murder, that would be extremely bad press for the department. Police tend to want to avoid that type of thing.

2. There are still probably deputies loyal to Sherff Wampler. Such an investigation could cause rifts in the department. Not a good idea for a new Sheriff trying to win over his deputies.

3. I hate to say this but there is probably some "poison pill" election agreement that was placed that if the new deputy was elected, the Eric Tamiyasu case would not be investigated. This poison pill could be some corruption on the new Sheriff. If Eric Tamiyasu's case would be opened up, the "dirt" on the new Sherriff would be revealed.
I don't think Wampler was involved in the murder. Maybe he didn't like Eric and knew that he had an affair with his wife. I personally think that of the suspects UM profiled, Don Dixon is the most likely to have done it. I think that Dixon killed Eric for reasons unknown to us. Maybe he did have feelings for Eric that weren't reciprocated as an earlier poster stated. I then believe that Wampler, who knew his wife had been in the same bed as Eric, asked Dixon to destroy the bed to conceal any evidence that may lead to his wife having been in the bed and thus turning him into a suspect with "jealous husband" as the motive. Either way, I dont believe this case will ever be solved or even looked at as long as Wampler is in charge.
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I then believe that Wampler, who knew his wife had been in the same bed as Eric, asked Dixon to destroy the bed to conceal any evidence that may lead to his wife having been in the bed and thus turning him into a suspect with "jealous husband"
Interesting thought. The problems I have with that theory is...

1. How would Wampler even know that they slept together in that bed? They could have cheated in a hotel or his own bed. Heck, how does he know that they slept together that recently enough to leave trace evidence? Would he even think about that at the time?

2. Why would it be that unusual for their to be women;s hair or DNA on Eric's bed? He apparently had a very active social life. The women's DNA would not necessarily be considered the DNA of the suspect. Not to mention that the only person Eric could have slept with that night was the women that visited him that night. DNA tests would show that the evidence was there later and was the result of sex. The DNA would not be considered the DNA of his killer, it would not be actively searched for.

3. Why destroy the whole bed? Most of the evidence of a women in his bed would be in the sheets. He could simpky have taken the sheets with him

4. The cat is kind of out of the bag to begin with. Apparently there were already rumours of the infidelity. Sheriff Wampler was closing the barn door after the horses came out.

5. Keep in mind that the affair was based on the scantiest of evidence. Allegedly Eric was seeing a Polynisian woman and the Sheriff's wife is Polynisian. That's really not that strong a lead. There are lots of Polynisian women in that part of the country. Also add that it's Don Davis who echoed that sentiment much in the same way he brought up the other Eric's money issues.

6. Again...does NOBODY find it unusual that the two biggest suspects in this case assisted with the destruction of a vital piece of evidence.

7. Why would Sherriff Wampler be worried about being blamed for the murder. He has an alibi. Burning the bed was what brought attention to himself.

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Technically the FBI could investigate this case as local corruption.

4. I'm sure Sherrif Wampler even considered the idea that
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Interesting thought. The problems I have with that theory is...

1. How would Wampler even know that they slept together in that bed? They could have cheated in a hotel or his own bed. Heck, how does he know that they slept together that recently enough to leave trace evidence? Would he even think about that at the time?
I don't think he knew for a fact but when you have a murdered man that was rumored to have slept with your wife, he may have wanted to get rid of both the bed and the sheets to make sure his wife's DNA wasn't found there.

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4. The cat is kind of out of the bag to begin with. Apparently there were already rumours of the infidelity. Sheriff Wampler was closing the barn door after the horses came out.
Thats the point I was alluding to. He got rid of any evidence that may have had his wife's DNA on it. Plus, he may have been covering his own hide. He is married to his wife, which means he is around her and her clothing a lot. What if his wife had worn an outfit that had a piece of Wamplers hair on it, over to Eric's house, then the hair accidentally gets left on Eric's bed when she takes her clothes off. Now you have his DNA there even though he wasn't there. Far fetched? Absolutely, but I think he was trying to get rid of any and all evidence that may have been there of either him or his wife.


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6. Again...does NOBODY find it unusual that the two biggest suspects in this case assisted with the destruction of a vital piece of evidence.
I find it unusual and to be honest, the only thing that makes me think the sheriff may have done it is the fact that whoever killed Eric, tried to burn his body, if I remember correctly, trying to destroy evidence. Well the first thing the sheriff did was order the bed destroyed by fire. If he had been the murderer, maybe he realized that his first try of setting the bed and Eric on fire didn't work, so now he needs to try to destroy the bed.

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7. Why would Sherriff Wampler be worried about being blamed for the murder. He has an alibi. Burning the bed was what brought attention to himself.
I think he was more so worried about his wife. If she did have an affair with Eric, there could have been DNA on his bed. I think he was trying to cover it up for her sake. I don't think she did it, but he didn't even want the possibility of her as a suspect.
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