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Sex, lies, murder and Mike Haridopolos



On August 17, 1981, the body of James Dvorak was found in a wooded area frequented by gay men at Canova Beach. Canova Beach is between Melbourne Beach and Satellite Beach in Brevard County, opposite the Eau Gallie Causeway. There were multiple fractures of Dvorak’s skull and blood was spattered in a wide area. The medical examiner determined that Dvorak was beaten to death with fists and/or with a blunt instrument. No murder weapon was ever found. It was estimated that the beating occurred between 1:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on August 17 and that Dvorak died soon afterward.....

So begins the fact-finding report into the wrongful arrest and 27-year incarceration of a man named William Dillon. Thanks in part to Senate President Mike Haridopolos, Dillon, 51, should be compensated at least $810,000.

Dillon lept to the podium to thank The Senate Rules Committee before it approved his claims bill. But the grief of all those years of prison weighed on him, choked him. In the middle of saying thanks, he couldn't continue. Dillon's shoulders shook. He tried to keep back the tears but he couldn't, standing alone and weeping almost silently.

"Take your time.... take your time," Rules Chairman John Thrasher said.

Finally Dillon spoke, haltingly. "I want to thank the.... thank the sheriff..... gosh I can't.... for re-opening the investigation and... I look forward to the sheriff's results."

Following is the report the details the sex, lies and murder that factored into Dillon's time in hell, the Florida Department of Corrections. Download Dillon

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:12pm]


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