NZ TV One. Beyond the Darklands looks at Antonie Dixon and attempts to understand what made him commit the crimes he did
BEYOND THE DARKLANDS
TVONE TUESDAY 02 FEBRUARY 9.30PM
The nation was captivated when Antonie Dixon turned up in court sporting a pudding bowl haircut and pulling strange faces in an attempt to look mad. During a P-fuelled rampage in 2003, Dixon attacked two women friends with a samurai sword and left them fighting for their lives; and then shot and killed a total stranger, James Te Aute. Tonight on Beyond The Darklands, Nigel Latta takes a look at Dixon's life, and attempts to understand what made him commit the crimes he did.
Latta describes him as, "... set on this path almost before he could talk ..."
Dixon told the court he "had no part of this world" due to his upbringing as a Jehovah's Witness.
Defence lawyer Barry Hart, "Dixon had a terrible background and it was an indictment on New Zealand society that he had not received treatment earlier. As a boy he was abused, he was tied to a clothesline and made to bark like a dog, he said. His parents, who were Jehovah's Witnesses, were more focused on their religion, with Dixon being pushed from pillar to post, he said."
TV3 news. TUE, 22 JUL 2008
When Antonie Dixon told the jury an astonishing tale of sexual abuse by his mother and beatings at the hands of Jehovah's Witnesses, they must have wondered whether any of it was believable. Today they heard from someone else who was there at the time and she confirmed much of what he said. According to Dixon's sister Carla, he was dubbed "devil spawn" by their mother. Carla Dixon-Foxley says she was his closest friend and ally, but from a young age she knew something was not quite right with her baby brother. "He used to bash his head on the couch and he used to just sit there and like that, bashing, bashing, bashing," Ms Dixon-Foxley says.
Ms Dixon-Foxley says Dixon was abused by their mother, who would tie him to a clothesline outside their Grey Lynn house and invite fellow members of the Jehovah's Witness church to beat him. "It was like living in a madhouse," Ms Dixon-Foxley says. She told the jury that Dixon was also sexually abused by members of the church. Among his abusers was one man who always carried a camera. "Of course we know why he had the camera now," Ms Dixon-Foxley says. "He was taking pornographic pictures of my brother and his friends."
In cross examination, the Crown questioned Antonie Dixon's sister on whether she had ever seen him violent - especially violent towards his mother. She replied that as far as she was concerned, any violence towards their mother was justified. "When you get backed into a corner for long enough and you get hurt for a long, long time, you have to jump back," Ms Dixon-Foxley says. "You have to defend yourself and that's what I believed it was. It was self-defence."
Ms Dixon-Foxley, who has a successful career as a nutritionist in London recalled a family conference where a psychiatrist asked her how she had managed to stay sane in the Dixon family home. She says she had no answer. At the end of her evidence, Ms Dixon-Foxley blew her brother a kiss before walking over to hug him.
Wow - speechless!
For anyone who claims that a Witness upbringing had nothing to do with his mental state, here is a frame taken of a letter he wrote to Peter Woolston, a former mental health worker who corresponded with Antonie Dixon when he was in jail.
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"Ms Dixon-Foxley says Dixon was abused by their mother, who would tie him to a clothesline outside their Grey Lynn house and invite fellow members of the Jehovah's Witness church to beat him."
Yeah, sure ........ really has a ring of truth to it, very much believable indeed. Oh, come on, not even the most retarded can believe THAT?
Bump for the Kiwis.
It will be available online 24 hrs later.
TheOldhippie, it is also unbelievable that someone could kill themselves by repeatedly bashing their head on a cell wall, but Tony managed to do it while he was stone cold sober. The whole story is unbelievable.
I just finished watching it.
I wouldn't want to be a JW knocking on the door of someone who had just seen that.
That was probably the best anti-JW witness this country has seen for a long time.
They made no excuses for the cult at all. It also drew attention to the fact that the JW accused of molesting Tony and his friend had been convicted as a result of the evidence at the Dixon trials.
It should be available On Demand in 24 hrs
Thanks for posting,
Will someone please post the link when it is available?