Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Alton Monster Pleads Guilty to Murder; Michelle Riley Tortured Disabled Woman

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 9:14 AM

click to enlarge Michelle Riley - BND.COM VIA ALTON POLICE
  • bnd.com via Alton Police
  • Michelle Riley
Michelle Riley, 37, pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree murder in the death of a Dorthy Dixon, a 29-year-old, developmentally disabled woman.

According to Madison County prosecutors, Riley (and others) beat the pregnant Dixon with a plunger handle, routinely shot her with a BB gun and tortured her with a glue gun.

Dixon was found dead January 31, 2008, in an Alton basement where she'd been forced to live with little clothing and only a thin rug for furnishings. Her unborn baby died in the womb.

Prosecutors allege that Riley befriended Dixon in order to pocket her disability checks. Four other people, including Riley's teenage son, are scheduled for trial in Dixon's death.

Riley's sentencing will take place later this year. One wonders: Has Illinois lifted its moratorium on the death penalty?
  

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 13, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation