Dillon, Thomas

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Dillon, Thomas Gender: M
born on 9 July 1950 at 14:28 (= 2:28 PM )
Place Canton, Ohio, 40n48, 81w23
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
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Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 16°57' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 15°53 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 25°52'


American homicide; confessed on 7/02/1993 to the murder of five outdoors men, facing life in prison rather than the death penalty, as a result of plea bargaining.

Married to Catherine, they have a 12-year-old son. For the past 20 years he worked at the Canton Water Department, Pike Township, OH. During that entire time he was living a double life, venting a ferocious cruelty by killing an estimate thousand dogs, cats and cattle. He was also responsible for a number of mysterious arsons in several Ohio counties. In 1989, he began to branch out to larger game, men who were fishing, hunting or jogging in the hills or rural areas.

On 4/01/1989, c. 9:10 AM EST, he shot truck driver Don Welling, 35, shooting him in the heart with a .30 caliber rifle while the man was jogging about a half mile from his home in Strasburg, OH.

On 11/10/1990, 8:30 AM EST, he shot factory worker Jamie Paxton, 21, three times with a .30 caliber rifle while Paxton was bow-hunting deer, St. Clairsville, OH.

On 11/28/1990, c. 1:00 PM EST, he shot refrigerator technician Kevin Loring, 30, in the head with a shotgun while Loring was deer hunting between Adamsville and Dresden, OH.

Dillon was cited for illegal target shooting on 8/10/1991. When the police looked in his truck, they found a silencer-equipped handgun which they confiscated.

On 3/14/1992, Dillon shot furnace operator Claude Hawkins, 49, in the back with a 6.5 Swedish Mauser while Hawkins was fishing.

On 4/05/1992, c. 10:30 AM, he shot steel worker Gary Bradley, 44, twice in the back with his 6.5 Mauser while Bradley was fishing.

The county was on alert, and people were afraid. A friend of Dillon's called the sheriff on 8/26/1992 to report that Dillon liked to shoot animals. A task force began to tail Dillon on weekends. When he was seen buying a rifle, his home and vehicles were searched 11/26/1992. He was arrested the following day on the charge of buying guns in violation of the law. On 12/22/1992, Dillon was indicted by a federal grand jury for illegal gun purchases. On 2/10/1993, he pleaded not guilty to charges of killing Bradley and Hawkins. He was indicted in the death of Paxton on 7/21/1993, and he confessed to all five murders on 7/02/1993.


  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 1 April 1989 (Shot Don Welling)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 10 November 1990 (Shot Jamie Paxton)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 28 November 1990 (Shot Kevin Loring)
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  • Crime : Arrest 10 August 1991 (Given a ticket for illegal target shooting)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 14 March 1992 (Shot Claude Hawkins)
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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 5 April 1992 (Shot Gary Bradley)
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  • Social : Secrets revealed 26 August 1992 (Friend told police that Dillon shot animals)
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  • Crime : Arrest 27 November 1992 (Arrest on charges of gun purchase)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 22 December 1992 (Indicted for gun purchase)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 10 February 1993 (Pleaded Not Guilty)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 21 May 1993 (Indicted in Paxton's death)
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  • Social : Secrets revealed 2 July 1993 (Confessed to five murders)
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Source Notes

Bill Land quotes Joanne Stover for B.C.


  • Passions : Sexuality : Sadist/ Torturer
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide serial (Five murders by gunshot)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Torturer/ Sadist (Tortured and killed 1,000 animals)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Utilities/Phone/Cable/TV (Employed at the Water Dept)
  • Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (Serial killer of five men, publicity)