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Old 10-01-2018, 08:59 AM   #601
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After thinking about it, I wonder if Eric's date lied about someone knocking on the window? I'm not saying she killed Eric, but maybe she lied to create a third party so she wouldn't be framed? She was the last one who saw him alive after all......
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I know it's already been said, but I recently watched this one again and have to say that Eric's murder is definitely tied to the date he had that night. It's no coincidence that he was murdered that night, IMO.
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I know it's already been said, but I recently watched this one again and have to say that Eric's murder is definitely tied to the date he had that night. It's no coincidence that he was murdered that night, IMO.
agreed. I know this is going to sound absurd but I wonder if his date was in on it at any capacity? not saying she murdered him, but maybe the murderer conspired with her to lead Eric on so he could get in?
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Could be a connection, but the woman was interviewed in the segment and doesn’t look or act suspicious in any way. I think she was genuinely trying to offer what information she had. I was always just more relieved for her that she left when she did.
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I was always just more relieved for her that she left when she did.
Hmm. Quite convenient indeed.
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This segment could serve as a sequel of sorts to the murder of Sammy Wheeler. 3 people all accusing each other of the murder, while none of them actually did it.
I know you posted this ages ago, but I agree.

Don Dixon might as well be Bob Bean in that his commentary and interview make him look extremely suspect, but the evidence just isn't there. The exit wounds comment (and potentially that mysterious post way back in this thread) make him look suspicious, but it is possible he's just an unusual person in general. Throwing shade at Eric Smith (about the business investment amount in particular and stating that he owed Eric Tamiyasu lots of money) reminds me of Bob Bean throwing shade at his ex-wife.

Sheriff Wampler burning the bed was obviously very stupid. But had he been responsible, he had to have known that an autopsy would be performed and his burning of the bed would be highly suspect and scrutinized once the cause of death was discovered.

As for Eric Smith, I think he's the least suspicious of the bunch. Law Enforcement even corroborated that his investment amount in the business with Eric was way lower than Don Dixon claimed, and found no evidence that he owed Eric a lot of money.

If Eric's date indeed had a jealous ex who might have wanted to sabotage the date and murder Eric, I would certainly hope he was investigated by the police. Taking with a grain of salt that the mysterious poster claimed the date ended on a much more intimate level than the segment portrayed, it could provide a possible motive for a jealous ex-partner if true (or at least, if the jealous ex suspected it).
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Sheriff Wampler burning the bed was obviously very stupid. But had he been responsible, he had to have known that an autopsy would be performed and his burning of the bed would be highly suspect and scrutinized once the cause of death was discovered.
Burning the bed in itself isn’t suspicious to me since there was no indication there was foul play at that point and cleaning the scene of a decomposing body is to be expected. What I can’t wrap my mind around is why did the sheriff ask Don to burn the bed? It wasn’t Don’s business or job to be involved. He should have been asked to leave once he was interviewed by police.
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Burning the bed in itself isnít suspicious to me since there was no indication there was foul play at that point and cleaning the scene of a decomposing body is to be expected. What I canít wrap my mind around is why did the sheriff ask Don to burn the bed? It wasnít Donís business or job to be involved. He should have been asked to leave once he was interviewed by police.
I agree that it wasn't suspicious in itself, but it would bring a ton of scrutiny upon him, which he would have wanted to avoid had he been the perpetrator.

I do agree that Don should not have been the one tasked with the burning, either. It's just one of those random odd things about this case that seems to be piled up in a stack of red herrings.
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Burning the bed in itself isnít suspicious to me since there was no indication there was foul play at that point and cleaning the scene of a decomposing body is to be expected. What I canít wrap my mind around is why did the sheriff ask Don to burn the bed? It wasnít Donís business or job to be involved. He should have been asked to leave once he was interviewed by police.
I always thought it was because the Sheriff didn't want the family to see the condition of the bed (I believe it was stained in the shape of Eric's body) so he got a friend of Eric's to do it. Since Dixon found the body and had a key to his house, Dixon seemed close enough to Eric to do it.
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I always thought it was because the Sheriff didn't want the family to see the condition of the bed (I believe it was stained in the shape of Eric's body) so he got a friend of Eric's to do it. Since Dixon found the body and had a key to his house, Dixon seemed close enough to Eric to do it.
I certainly get the reason for burning the bed. It just seems like the sheriff should have brought in a professional crew to handle that. People are probably found dead in bed all the time days, weeks or unfortunately months after death. Cleaning the scene doesn’t involve just destroying the bed but probably cleaning the entire house. Do the cops usually ask friends of the family to help with that? I’m guessing there was a cleaning service that cleaned Eric’s entire house top to bottom. Asking Don to burn the bed just seems lazy and sloppy and in this case of course only added to the suspicion once it was discovery Eric was murdered. Maybe a professional service would have found shell casings or something obviously suspicious right away.
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It just seems like the sheriff should have brought in a professional crew to handle that. Cleaning the scene doesnít involve just destroying the bed but probably cleaning the entire house. Do the cops usually ask friends of the family to help with that? Iím guessing there was a cleaning service that cleaned Ericís entire house top to bottom. Asking Don to burn the bed just seems lazy and sloppy and in this case of course only added to the suspicion once it was discovery Eric was murdered. Maybe a professional service would have found shell casings or something obviously suspicious right away.
For all we know, Dixon volunteered to burn the bed and Wampler simply agreed. The bed burning aspect of this case was overblown by UM, IMO. Wampler's only potential motive in this case involved an unconfirmed rumor (from Dixon) about Eric having an affair with an older, Polynesian woman and because Wampler's wife was an older Polynesian woman that somehow could mean she was the woman. It was such a stupid detail that added nothing to the case.
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What cleared the girl he was dating and why did it take a week for anyone to check on him? Why would a guy he buys spray from have a key? I have so many questions.
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Yeah, can you even imagine that whole "discovering of the body" scenario?

Here's poor Don, who's just discovered his best pal in the whole world, dead in bed, rotting for days, stinking, gooey, and probably more disgusting of a sight than any person outside a coroner's office has ever witnessed...

Yet calm, collected Don realized that this is a solemn and reverent time. And in that room of stench, blood, and dripping body fluids, he takes time to say a prayer over the horrifically decomposing body of his friend.

And only after that holy ritual does he call the family.

BS! Is that what YOU or I would do upon discovering the body of a dear friend in such nightmarish circumstances?
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Heck no! First, we'd probably vomit. Then we'd run out of the house and call the cops at another location to get away from the stench of death and swarming flies that are reminding us that there's the dead rotting body of our friend upstairs.

Yeah...I call bulls**t, too.
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You know that thought never occurred to me...that someone could have been growing on Eric's land without his knowledge. If Eric found out about it, that would be motive enough to kill him.

I wonder if Don Dixon's close relationship was because he was trying to get Eric to go in with him on growing.

I wonder who runs the orchards know that Eric has passed away?
That is a possibility. Maybe Don Dixon was growing on there w/o his knowledge and Eric found out. DD maybe lied later that they were best friends to explain his involvement, including having the key to the house.
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To be honest, I have no clue. I wouldn't go to a local police station though and ask and risk being arrested for solicitation of a hitman. My best guess is a bar or a friend of a friend. But, why would Don Dixon want Eric Tamiyasu killed? Has anyone speculated on that other than possible crush he had on Eric that wasn't reciprocated?
I've stated various opinions on this thread over the years, including Don Dixon having a homosexual crush on Don that wasn't reciprocated. However, based on other opinions, time, and hearing the case on TTWC and Going West podcasts, here are my thoughts.

1. Eric Smith isn't the killer.

2. Sheriff Wampler sounds inexperienced with crimes such as murder, not an unheard of thing in small towns and areas. He stated he saw no evidence of foul play, so he had Don Dixon burn the bed to spare the family. He probably had also heard the rumors about his wife and Eric, if there were actually any. My guess, he burned the bed due to a combo of inexperience in not at least waiting until after the autopsy, sparing the family, and if he heard the rumors about his wife, making sure any DNA that MAY be there was destroyed.

I don't think he's the killer, though. Just a sense I have.

3. Don Dixon IS the killer. I look at Diana's ex-BF, too and here are all my thoughts. I'll try to be as linear as possible.

a. Don Dixon seems awkward and an introvert. He's not someone who's going to attract a lot of friends and positive attention. Eric on the other hand seemed to be very gregarious with a lot of friends and a personality that drew you to him. I'm sure they did have A Taco Bell lunch initially while going over business. Eric seems like a guy who is friendly, but Don took his friendliness as more in a non-homosexual way, like he wanted to be best buds with him.

b. With this Don essentially friend bombed Eric. He probably brought TB lunches for business and eventually "dropped in" to say hi and brought lunch w/o notice. Most people aren't going to pass up a free lunch. If Eric tried to compensate him, Don would tell him no. Maybe Eric introduced him to a few people to be polite, especially if he was out in public and Don spotted him. He may have even hung out with him once or twice to be nice to him.

c. However, DD probably pushed his luck with Eric and grew annoying. Maybe if Eric brought up Diana as in was interested in getting to know her better, DD tried to discourage it. Yes, Eric seemed to get around but DD probably didn't care because they were just flings. However, if Eric and Diana were good friends that might blossom into more, including hanging out more w/o DD, Don could have felt threatened that his "friendship" would end.

d. Don could have **** talked Diana and maybe spread rumors about her. Something possibly pushed Eric past the point of no return and he told Don to back off and that he didn't want to be friends anymore. Don could have been told this before the date w/ Diana and he was angry. He could have decided to come over and 'plead his case' but he saw Diana there. Wanting to get rid of her, he did all that tapping and stupid crap to get her to leave. Maybe he saw them go have sex and it enraged him.

e. Diana leaves, and Don goes to the door. Eric lets him in because Don is harmless. However, Don, like I said, **** talks Diana or says some thing that pushes Eric to just tell Don to stay out of his life because he was annoying, stalking him, and just a pain. Eric may have turned away and Don, in a rage, shoots him. The alternative, is that he saw Eric walk Diana to the door very, very late and maybe he was half dressed. Don, being infuriated, waited until Eric shut off his bedroom light and went to bed. Don snuck in, went to his bedroom, and shot him in his sleep.

f. There is a valid case for Diana's ex to be the killer. He may have even been there that night. He could have done the tapping to scare Diana off so he could kill Eric. However, if he was there, I think he did it to get Diana out of there so he could confront Eric for moving in on his woman with the intent of threatening him, perhaps even saying he would fight for their child if Eric didn't back off.

g. The confrontation could have happened, or the BF saw Don Dixon pull up before he could do the final confrontation. Not wanting to get caught, he took off before the murder occurred and kept the knowledge to himself so he didn't have to admit he was there (not sure if he fessed to that, just based on my knowledge).

h. Don kills his friend, panics, and if downstairs, pulled Eric up and put him in bed. He cleaned up and with HR's ****** investigation they didn't think to look for signs of cleaning up. He waited for the discovery and it didn't happen, so he took advantage and did it himself. He decided to say that "he said a prayer" to make himself pious and throw suspicion off himself.

i. His mistake was saying that he calmly said a prayer while his friend was rotting in bed but flipping out on the phone w/ Eric's sister. Getting into the role, he went too far by stating there were no exit wounds. The sister, being panicked was confused. The Sheriff arrives and I think it could have been a combo of, as stated earlier, wondering if his wife's DNA may be on the bed and DD saying things in such as a way that leads the Sheriff to ask him to burn the bed. DD gives off this nice, unassuming, docile vibe but w/ what he said about Eric Smith and how he had no problem throwing others under the bus, I could see him using this unassuming persona to manipulate others w/o them realizing.

DD says he was Eric's best bud, but no one else knew of this great friendship. His other friends weren't aware of him or it was vague. It just seems like the narrative has mostly been directed by DD, who it seems may have had the most to hide and gain.

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