Tichelman’s mug shot following a September 6, 2013 arrest for battery.
Police in Milton, Georgia, have reopened their investigation into the heroin overdose of a man who was dating Santa Cruz murder suspect Alix Tichelman at the time of his death.
Dean Riopelle, owner of The Masquerade in Atlanta, died last September of an overdose of heroin, oxycodone, and alcohol.
Two months later, Tichelman would have her fatal run-in with Google executive Forrest Hayes, on board his yacht in a Santa Cruz harbor.
Authorities say the similarity of the two incidents is not evidence unto itself, but are curious to make sure they didn’t overlook anything in Riopelle’s case.
Said Captain Shawn McCarty of the Milton Police Department,
It’s still conjecture, looking at the similarities of the two situations, but obviously we’re going to go back and look at it and make sure that everything determined to be correct, almost a year ago, is still factual and still accurate. Both subjects in these cases died of heroin overdoses so there’s just several factors we want to look at to make sure that we didn’t miss anything.
Tichelman was fond of the selfie, and of posing in sexually suggestive outfits and positions.
According to Michael Lacey, a friend of Riopelle and administrator of his band’s Facebook page, Riopelle and Tichelman had a strange relationship that became tumultuous: “Toward the end, he had a lot of fears of her. He even tried to stop her from going to his own club.”
As Tichelman’s case has attracted national attention, more and more facts about her have come to light. They paint the sometimes-disturbing picture of a young woman infatuated with herself and invested in uncertainty.
She threatened to kill Riopelle’s then-thirteen-year-old daughter Khristina Brucker, screaming at her, “Don’t you ever get in the way of me and your father. If you ever get in the way I’ll kill you, you little b***h.”
In April of 2012, Tichelman, known for posting numerous selfies and sexually-provocative images of herself to her various social media accounts, updated her Facebook page with the following:
I will be thin and pure like a glass cup. Empty. Pure as light. Music. I move my hands over my body–my shoulders, my collarbone, my rib cage, my hip bones like part of an animal skull, my small thighs. In the mirror my face is pale and my eyes look bruised.
My hair is pale and thin and the light comes through. I could be a lot younger than twenty four I could be a child still, untouched.
And an earlier boyfriend, Warren Ullom, is currently serving a jail sentence for the voluntary manslaughter of a woman who died in circumstances similar to Hayes and Riopelle: injected twice with cocaine, in what Ullom said was an attempt to revive her.
Though his dealer injected the woman, and not Ullom himself, it was Ullom who planted cocaine in the woman’s purse before police arrived.
Tichelman’s trial begins October 20th.