Recently, I reported on a murder that occurred during final exam week on the campus of UNC-Wilmington. The victim, Jessica Faulkner, was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in her dormitory on May 5th. Another student, Curtis Dixon, has been indicted for that kidnapping, rape, and murder and is now awaiting trial.
Perhaps, the most tragic aspect of the case was apparent evidence that the murder could have been prevented by the authorities. During his call to the 911 dispatcher, the victim?s father, John Faulkner, indicated that Jessica was being stalked by Dixon prior to his alleged murder of the eighteen year-old student.
Since then, the assertion that the authorities knew about this alleged stalking has been called into question. Nonetheless, new evidence has emerged, which adds credence to the argument that the murder could have been prevented. Specifically, it has now been discovered that Dixon lied about his criminal record to get into school at UNC-Wilmington.
In addition to being home schooled after dropping out of school, it has now been revealed that Dixon has a conviction for larceny. Apparently, Dixon masked that conviction and also fabricated a false military record in order to get into UNC-Wilmington. Even more disturbing is the fact that Dixon?s father is an administrator (assistant to the chancellor) at UNC-Charlotte. It is difficult for some to imagine that Dixon?s father could not have suspected that his son lied about his past when he was admitted to UNC-Wilmington, assuming he was aware of his son?s criminal record. Sadly, Dixon is accused of killing a student at a university that never should have admitted him.
But the story gets even worse. Less than one month later, another female student at UNCW, Christen Naujoks, has been murdered in cold blood. This time the murderer, John Peck, was a former student who was recently expelled from UNCW. What was the reason for his expulsion? He lied about his criminal record on his application to UNCW. After being charged with first degree rape and first degree sexual offense, he pleaded guilty to a count of assault against a female and two counts of crimes against nature in 2001.
Shortly after the murder of Faulkner, UNC-Wilmington found out about Peck?s criminal past and expelled him. Then, on June 4th, he shot and killed Christen Naujoks. Just a few days later, he died in a high-speed chase as he was fleeing from the authorities.