05-20-2007, 10:14 AM #1Registered User
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CT - Alexandria Clouse-Desmond, 18, murdered, Hartford, 26 April 2007
Suspects' Accounts Differ After `Horrific Tragedy'
May 1, 2007
Two roommates had just finished stuffing Alexandria Clouse-Desmond's pummeled and broken body into a large cardboard box in their Laurel Street apartment Friday night when Hartford police knocked on the door.
The officers were responding to a noise complaint and possible fight. The roommates assured the officers that everything was fine, police said. The cops walked through the apartment and left, failing to notice the bloodied corpse hidden under a layer of sheets inside the box.
An autopsy later would show that Clouse-Desmond, a deeply troubled 18-year-old runaway from the state-run Cedarcrest psychiatric hospital in Newington, died of asphyxiation.
Arrest affidavits released Monday describe a brutal attack in which Michael Davis, 21, and Darzell Weinstein, 18, along with their two live-in girlfriends, assaulted Clouse-Desmond during a Monopoly game, allegedly after she accused one of the two men of raping her.
Davis, in his statement to police, accused Weinstein of doing the most damage: punching, kicking, choking and stomping on Clouse-Desmond while she screamed and pleaded for her life. When Clouse-Desmond stopped breathing, her assailants wrapped her body into plastic Wal-Mart bags, garbage bags and sheets and then stomped her again to fit her inside a microwave box, police said
Besides the affidavits' gruesome details, sources and documents tell a much deeper story of what happened that night in the Laurel Street apartment. There, a handful of young men and women with a history of profound psychiatric troubles and living on society's edge had found shelter. All of the residents had had some contact with state mental health services. Some, like Clouse-Desmond, were on the run from programs designed to help them, while others were clearly teetering on the brink of being out of control.
Tiara Dixon, 18, had a long history of violence. She had told staff at a state treatment center in East Windsor when she was discharged several weeks ago that she had trouble controlling her temper and might hurt someone, sources close to the investigation said.
Weinstein, who is Dixon's boyfriend, also had anger and aggression problems, sources said, and was also a former Cedarcrest patient who had joined Clouse-Desmond when the pair fled the hospital on April 22 with several others. The 212 Laurel St. address where Davis and his girlfriend, Leslie Caraballo, 19, were sharing their apartment with the others, was leased by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as part of a state-supported independent living program for its clients.
As Gina Desmond of Prospect prepared Monday for her daughter's funeral, she said the state should do more to help people with mental illness, particularly those with a propensity for violence.
"I don't want to see any other children get hurt," Desmond said.
more at the link http://www.courant.com/news/local/hr...,5819181.story
If this is posted here, I could not find it.
I learned of this on myspace. Here is the link for her
05-20-2007, 01:07 PM #2
I just read the entire two-page article and WOW ...those are some f'd up young adults. The poor victim
What she endured was unfathomable.Rest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.
05-20-2007, 01:11 PM #3
And she was pregnant, too.Rest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.
05-21-2007, 01:00 AM #4
If she was pregnant, then the scumbags may get the death penalty.
05-21-2007, 01:04 AM #5Former Member
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We can only hope they get the DP.
05-21-2007, 08:48 AM #6Registered User
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It makes me furious that there is another horrific death and little or no national media coverage. I had never heard anything about it. The victims Mother asked to join the friends list for Tori Vienneau & Dean Springsteen on their myspace page. If you are not familiar with Tori & Dean, please take the time to read about them. http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41899
I will warn you, their story will both break your heart and infuriate you that an arrest has not been made.Retired 08/03/03
09-27-2015, 12:37 AM #7
From January 2008:
Four young men and women, who authorities say suffer from profound psychiatric problems, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Superior Court in Hartford to working together to kill a teenage runaway and stuff her body into a cardboard box after an argument during a Monopoly game.
Because of their mental illnesses, the state reduced the original murder charges to manslaughter. According to a plea agreement, Michael Davis, 22, and Darzell Weinstein, 19, will receive sentences of 25 years, suspended after 18 years, and five years of probation. Tiara Dixon, 19, and Leslie Caraballo, 19, are expected to receive 20-year sentences, suspended after 12 years, and five years of probation.
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