Samuel Henry Dixson, a dead man police have identified as a member of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club in Alabama, was a registered sex offender.
His photo at the head of this story is from the Florida Sexual Offenders and Predators Website. Dixson was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior on a child under 16 years of age in Orange, Florida in 2004 and registered as a sex offender in 2005. At the time of his death Dixson lived in Milton, Florida.
He has been identified in published accounts of his murder as a “member” of the Devils Diciples. Dixson disappeared September 7 after telling his wife he was going to a party at the Devils Diciples clubhouse in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Dixson’s widow told television station WKRG in Mobile, Alabama that the dead man had joined the motorcycle club more than a year ago.
Dixson’s brother-in-law, George Armstrong told the same television station, “Sam’s role was to make sure they had drinks and stuff like that. It gave him a place to hang out. He was a disabled veteran and he couldn’t get out and work like normal people can.” Armstrong also told WKRG about the child molestation conviction, “We all know how people think about that and no matter how old a case is, it’s still there.”
Suspects In Custody
The Tuscaloosa clubhouse burned down in the early morning hours of September 10. Dixson’s wife reported him missing later that day. Two men reported to be Devils Diciples patch holders tried to turn themselves in for homicide to police in Robertsdale, Alabama on September 11, then changed their minds after talking to a lawyer. Their names are Adam “Sandman” Mayton and Fred “Shooter” Weiss. Dixson’s body was discovered and Mayton and Weiss were arrested on September 12. Dixson’s body was positively identified September 13.
A third suspect, Mary Kay Hockett, was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution September 14. A spokesman for the Baldwin County Alabama Sheriff’s Office said at the time that more arrests are “on the way.
During a bond hearing for all three suspects on Friday, Baldwin County Assistant District Attorney Matt Seymore told Judge Jody Bishop that, “Hockett was involved in trying to destroy evidence that was located on a vehicle that was used to transport the victim’s body from the scene of the crime in this case. We believe that occurred at her residence.”
Hockett’s bond was set at $100,000. Mayton and Weiss are each being held on $1 million bail.
WALA in Pensacola asked the webmaster on the Devils Diciples website for comment. “A spokesman didn’t know the details of the case,” the television station reported. But he did reply: “Whatever happened is a terrible tragedy for all concerned and our condolences are forwarded to the families of the affected individuals.”
Local authorities meanwhile, are playing up the Devils Diciples angle. The Pensacola News Journal reported that the prosecutor told the judge, “My concern is… I think you’ve got a large organization here which is probably very capable of putting together the resources to get members out of jail on a charge like this.” The club has about 150 members spread across six states. Most of those members are in Michigan and more than 40 members and associates there are fighting federal racketeering charges.
The prosecutor also openly suggested that Mary Kay Hockett was already negotiating a deal. “Due to the fact that we are dealing with a potentially large organization that does not look kindly upon potential leaks, and I am not saying that she is cooperating,” Seymore told the judge, “I don’t want to risk her getting out and something happening.”
All three defendants are due back in court on October 5.