Dominick Wilson: Mom, NAACP Question Hanging Death

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John H. Tucker
​In the early morning hours of March 11, 2010, a Hazelwood couple noticed a strange figure from the back window of their apartment. It seemed to be perched on the jungle gym of Little White Birch Park. But at some point, it became clear they were looking at a body. A dead body, suspended several feet off the ground. They called 911.

That body belonged to eighteen-year-old Dominick Wilson, who lived in one of the homes nearby. One end of Wilson's jacket was wrapped tightly around his neck, while the other end was tied to a jungle-gym pole. The police and paramedics arrived on the scene, and at 7:08 a.m., Wilson was pronounced dead. The cause: suicide, by hanging.

No note was discovered, and the press was never notified about the death. But now, a year and a half later, one woman refuses to stop pleading her case to the Hazelwood Police Department in hopes that they open a homicide investigation.

"I know my son was murdered, and he was brutally murdered," says Wilson's mother, Jackie White. She has obtained a lawyer to push the case. She's also drawn the support of the NAACP, which questions whether Wilson, who is biracial, could have been the victim of a hate crime.

White suspects her son was beaten to near-death before being strung up. Her suspicions started when her sister visited the funeral home a few days after Wilson's death and noticed red marks on his shoulders and bruising around his right temple. An autopsy revealed hemorrhaging to the brain, which made White curious. She also wonders why the polo shirt Wilson was wearing when he left her house at 9 p.m. the night before was never found.

But White faces an uphill battle in proving her case. After conducting an autopsy, the St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office classified the death as a suicide, confirming its original assessment. A representative from the Medical Examiner's office tells Daily RFT that it stands by its conclusion.

(The office had ready answers for some of White's contentions. For example, while there was blood on Dominick's jacket, Dr. Mary Case, the medical examiner, says it can come from the nose during a hanging.)

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​The Hazelwood Police Department considers the case closed. "We investigated the case thoroughly," says Captain Greg Hall. "If the circumstances led us to believe that this was a homicide, it would have been classified as such."

It doesn't help that Wilson had been struggling before his death. He'd recently been kicked out of school; he believed he was about to be arrested for participation in a robbery. Two days before his death, he'd stolen prescription pills from his mother and was taken to the hospital. The autopsy revealed he had marijuana in his system the day he died.

The last night of his life, Wilson told his girlfriend's grandmother that he felt he might "do something stupid." (Later that night, the grandmother says, he assured her he didn't mean it.)

Such factors don't deter White.

"I am not going to stop fighting," she says. "My son was no angel, but I'm not crazy. I'm not in denial. Somebody knows something. And they've got to come forward and confess."

Other people are backing up Wilson's cause. Friends and family members have helped organize a Facebook page and fundraiser that will take place in Little White Birch Park tomorrow from 1 to 5 p.m.

"Jackie's story has been consistent -- there haven't been any holes," says the the Rev. Elston McCowan, a first vice president with St. Louis Branch of the NAACP. "We're concerned because there are racial components to getting hung, historically."

Wilson's lawyer, Jerald Hochsztein, adds: "It seems the police made a snap judgment about the suicide and are now putting up road blocks. We just want to know why there's a reluctance to investigate it."

Whatever the outcome, it's clear that Wilson was a popular young man, and that his many friends continue to mourn.

"He had such a great personality," says his girlfriend, Ashanti Williams. "Everybody loved him."

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Gladcart
Gladcart

I am so sorry for Dominick Wilson was taken from,and there is some thing that is not adding up..This young would never harm himself. We are hiring a private investigate to shad  some light on what happen to my brother. it has been 2 years much to long . 

Guest
Guest like.author.displayName 1 Like

EVERYONE PLEASE!! Nobody is saying this is a hate crime, nobody is saying he was murdered by a white cop; nobody is saying he was a perfect kid. The effort is to raise money to hire a PI and lawyer to investigate further into his death. The suicide judgment was written hastily and the family was not satisfied with it.  Could he have committed suicide? Yes. Could he have been murdered? Yes. Maybe he was murdered by a cop, a drug deal gone wrong, a crazy serial killer wanting to hang somebody, or even maybe he decided he wanted to kill himself. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. This is what the investigation is for. TO FIGURE OUT THE DETAILS AND THE DISCREPENCIES THAT WERE NOT INVESTIGATED THOROUGHLY.  To all of the comments that this is a fact and that is a fact - seriously people, open a book. Let’s not ASSUME Hazelwood is all black or all white, or that factually you cannot commit suicide on drugs... where are people getting this asinine information? Mostly, who in this silly world believes EVERYTHING ONE REPORTER writes? This is why the country is in the crapper. Idiotic people with idiotic idealisms.

END OF STORY.

Guest
Guest

Well let's review what we know:

1. He liked to smoke blunts2. He copped an itchy buzz3. Black men always die at the hands of white racists never each other.4. Whites are devils5. Whites are stingy and won't share their income with black folk6. All Whites at one time owned slaves not the .25% that you're taught (but not actually taught)7. Whites were slave traders not the jews despite facts proving it was jews8. White people put may-o-naze on everything9, White people smell like a wet dog10. White people use a sophisticated language of winks, blinks and thought beams to keep black folk oppressed.11. Whites are devils12. Whites are devils

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wiseguy
wiseguy

Isn't the Hazelwood police dept. mostly black? Isn't Hazelwood predominately black?Why would this be a "Hate Crime"."He was a fine young man"???He'd recently been kicked out of school; he believed he was about to be arrested for participation in a robbery. Two days before his death, he'd stolen prescription pills from his mother and was taken to the hospital. The autopsy revealed he had marijuana in his system the day he died. I beg to differ, he was a troubled young man but not a fine one.

Sweetandsexy
Sweetandsexy

First off HPD has more white officers than black, get your facts straight! And second the RFT has only half of the facts of this story. He was never charged and not 1 trace of pills where in his system. The autopsy also revealed a hemmorrage....what did he do beat him self up then hang himsel??? But please keep the comments coming!!!!

wiseguy
wiseguy

I repeat, "Why a hate crime", I didn't say he wasn't murdered, and if he was it was most likely not by another race in that area, so who deemed this a hate crime, it's getting old!No pills in his system! However there was marijane!Wasn't charged doesn't mean he didn't do it, the robbery was 2 days before he was found right!

Sweetandsexy
Sweetandsexy

Right...much to foolish and idiotic to comment on! Unfortunately they think this story is sometype of joke and has completely got of the real matter...comments are definately welcome but let's stick to the facts!!!!

What?
What?

In the name of the Missing LaRue what does this say? Is this English? What happened to school, and education, and pride, and class. If only Dwight Schrute were a real life character then he would eliminate idiots like you!

Guest
Guest

Once again letz get the faks str8t. If a Ebony Prince of Africa dies itz cuz a raysis honky bichass cracka bichass bich n sheeit kilt his azz n sheeit. Itz syantifikly pruvn n sheeit if yall smoke a blunt yall itz hip n sheeit an yall ain dun nuffin.

Da keedz ain got nuffin ta du! 

Sweetandsexy
Sweetandsexy

Once again let's get the facts straight. The so called robbery occured back in december and let me repeat he was never charged neither was the other BOYS involved!!!!! And as far as the marijane, who dont take a trip to the garage occassionally??? And if your high off of it its scientifically proven you don't commit suicide when you are, anything else wiseguy?

Frosty
Frosty

I think that it's not safe to rule out assassination either. It's highly possible that the perp or perps in this case traveled forward in time kwowing that Yadarius was going to become leader of the African People's of America Front (APAF) formed in the future. And it's also possible that they traveled backwards in time to prevent him from saving the future?

A Liberal Point of View
A Liberal Point of View

As a liberal I believe that there is no such thing as "suicide" in the African community. Genetically it's not possible. Whenever there is a youth that has died we must as a society root out the White racist that has cut short this young ebony person's life. Look around, behind every bush or tree or building.....is a Klansman. They seek to cut short these young people's lives because they know that these youth's will be the next scientist or astronaut or find the cure for cancer and these pasty white racist honky, toothless, meth smoking, incestuous, crackers don't want to be shown up by beautiful ebony princes of Africa.

Wilson_aleigha
Wilson_aleigha

you guys are really immature for arguing and totally off the topic but then again just proved the point that foul play could have been involved because racial hatred. we respect all opinions but something's are better off not said.-aleigha.

Guest
Guest

If you squirt out a half breed eventually the mental defencies of the colored genes will come to the surface and this "Frankenstein" will seek to destroy its' own self.

dl
dl

I bet you think Halle Berry is hot, and Jennifer Lopez is hot, Alicia Keys is an exceptional musician, and there are many more "half breeds" that are far superior and dong far superior things than you are doing. So I think your arguement is quite defective and therfore reflects that maybe you r non mixed genetic pool must be inbred.

wiseguy
wiseguy

The President of the United States is a half breed and the best you can come up with is H. Berry J. Lopez and A. Keys, as dumb as this whole argument is, this might just be the dumbest post of all.

Guest
Guest

All I'm saying is that now he's finally a good Halfrican -American.

ihatesuberbs
ihatesuberbs

So fuckface, what kind of piece of shit white trash motherfucker are you? Are you the kind whose family owns shitty strip clubs  on the east side and runs blacks down in the parking lot? Or are you the kind with ugly fucking jailhouse tats that lives in a roach infested shithole in Lemay smoking meth when he is not trying to attack teens in a mall parking lot? Maybe you are the kind that lives in backwoods Mizzurah swilling moonshine when he is not assfucking his mother, sister, daughter, cows, chickens, and any other creature you can subdue with your neanderthal hands? Most likely you are the most pussified kind of racist shitbag in existence, the kind that is upper middle class who moves his family every time a black family moves onto their block, says the N word around their kids every chance he can get and talks a tremendous amount of bullshit online where his drippy pussy ass knows for a fact that he will never get beatdown for it. Yeah that last one IS you isn't it? What a nasty wet fucking pussy.

Guest
Guest

What? You said a colored guy ass raped you and came in your mouth?

Fatt1983
Fatt1983

you are a  ingornat person to say something like that about a mother who has lost her child  you must be a white MOTHER------ with no life  and child of your own get a life a--hole

Scretch
Scretch

he is just a troll with no life and jealous that her son was more handsome than he will ever be.

Guest
Guest

You mean that Don Ho looking dumbass ho?

Guest
Guest

The mother already being a race traitor is seeking confirmation that it was a lynching but lynchings are myth the same as the holyhoax. They're myths. The mother will need to admit that her half-breed child was defective and looked for a way out and found it. End of story.

ihatesuberbs
ihatesuberbs

I would much rather be a 'half breed defective' than a complete an utter pussy motherfucker like yourself. So fuck you, you worthless pussy.

Laura
Laura

You are clearly daft if you think that being Caucasian makes you superior. I think that you're lack of insight makes you inferior. I think that all colors are exquisite, but our race does not determine our worth. It is what we have to provide, and clearly all you are worth are a few snide comments. Good luck with your endeavors. You bring shame to your race. 

ihatesuberbs
ihatesuberbs

If you are what you claim to be, than I am a member of the same race as you. I'm just different in that I'm not a stupid, racist pussy.

Guest
Guest

There's no foul in admitting you are a member of an inferior race.

Jeannie
Jeannie

I just started working with Christy, Dominick's aunt. To see her visibly upset on his birthday while the world goes on and still have no closure, it was tough.  I know that I would not just accept this if it were my family member.  This boy was/is loved and simply just because he was a youth in some trouble does not mean there couldn't have been more to this than a suicide.  I support the family in their fight and I pray they have closure. 

dl
dl like.author.displayName 1 Like

I am a supporter of this cause. First and foremost when I arrived on the scene barely two hours after , there were no police lines, no forensics , just an immediate conclusion of suicide. As a person in the medical field I can tell you too many discrepancies exist.  . Also, what the medical examiner listed as cause of dealth could also be attributed to someone else hanging the young man, not just himself. Too many wounds , bruises and blood to deny some type of foul play. A young man dealth regardless of what it appears to be, should be investigated thoroughly. And let us not forget , that a biracial youth with a history of some trouble could quite easily be overlooked as unimportant to certain groups such as police.

Guest
Guest

"a biracial yoof" is overlooked by all of society as unimportant.

J4D
J4D

All thoughts and comments are welcomed and appreciated by the family. Thank you for showing your support!

Wilson_aleigha
Wilson_aleigha

I understand what your saying.and no. this was never investigated what so ever AT ALL.my brother was clearly beaten before he was hung from the evidence given back from the ME office that the HPD didn't even bother to look at at when we tried to present it back to them.they said to my mother "your son went out there at 2:00 in the morning and met his maker, what do you want us to do about it?" once again we aren't a family in denial we're a family mad as hell because their laziness too investigate this.

Guest
Guest

Okay so the HPD investigates and they find out that as usual it's black on black crime. Then what? You going to march until some innocent White is framed again for a negro crime spree?

Molly
Molly

I'm truly sorry to hear that and if that is the case it would appear the RFT do not have all their facts straight.  An investigation should be done if one hasn't been done already.  My best wishes and my deepest sympathies to you and your family.

CarmelitoAsjenonjokuwani
CarmelitoAsjenonjokuwani

If the police investigated, then of course even the most rudimentary forensic exam can pinpoint the cause of death as hanging and not other factors.  Provided this has been done, there can be almost no scenario in which an unwilling participant would allow himself to be hanged by someone else, especially with a jacket or other non-rope item.  Think about it, it's just too difficult logistically.  The idea that a loved one would commit suicide is difficult to imagine, and it's got to be easier on the psyche to decide that he was murdered.  But the pieces of that puzzle simply do not fit.

Scretch
Scretch

He could have been knocked unconscious first. Just sayin'.

Guest
Guest

Or as usual probably smoked some crack or a blunt, copped an itchy buzz and flipped out and wanted to dance at the end of his jacket sleeves (wish was granted).

Wilson_aleigha
Wilson_aleigha

this is his sister Aleigha.me and my mother are not in denial. come on now, put yourself into our shoes. we would not be trying so hard to get this story out if we didn't have evidence that it wasn't suicide.thank you.

Molly
Molly

Once again I am very very sorry for your loss and your family has my sincere sympathy.  Suicide is very very painful I know from personal experience.  My comment was intended to help, not hurt.  Considering some of the evidence above my understanding is that the police and medical personnel have investigated not once, but twice including conducting an autopsy (please correct me if I'm wrong) coming to same conclusion that this was a suicide in both cases.  There is also compelling motivational evidence for suicide (please correct me if I'm wrong).  Based on the information exposed in the blog post this leads me to believe that there is substantial support for a judgement of suicide in this case and that a third police investigation would result in the same conclusion.

It can be difficult to let go and unbelievable that someone can do this even when it seems they are so satisfied with life, but it happens.  It can lead everyone to second guess the circumstances of what occurred.  There is rarely ever any closure in suicide cases, but moving beyond it and especially accepting what happened is never easy, but it is healthy.

Scretch
Scretch

Police are NOT ALWAYS RIGHT. 

Scretch
Scretch

So sorry for the loss of your son. He was much too young to die and would have had plenty of time to turn his life around. I hope you get some answers.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I support J4D's comment. Everyone deserves closure. Healingcan't begin until one’s personal idea of closure has been completely satisfied.As J4D said, there are several discrepancies in this case that deserve aninvestigation. The friends and family of Dominick, and Dominick, deserve everygood thing that is coming to them. Let us not fault the people who aresupporting the mother, family, and Dominick, by suggesting they are interferingwith her healing process. Instead, let us support the people who are trying tohelp her heal by seeking answers to the questions that linger in the cause of Dominick’sdeath.

Molly
Molly

Dealing with suicide is very difficult and his mother has my sympathy.  Denial is a part of that difficulty and although important to the grieving process, it can be very damaging to the healing process.  The people that are supporting his mother's cause are not helping her move beyond this and begin healing.

J4D
J4D like.author.displayName 1 Like

I am a supporter of this cause. The mother wants closure through a proper investigation. We are supporting her through that effort no matter what the outcome is. Jackie wants to know the truth, if it was suicide or something else. There are discrepancies that exist and she will not find peace until somebody explains those to her. She is prepared to accept the truth but not blindly and without reason. This is what each one of us is entitled to as human beings. I would accept nothing less neither should anyone else.

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