Sex worker arrested in Google exec's heroin death on yacht

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Police in Santa Cruz, CA have arrested Alix Tichelman, a 26-year-old sex worker from Atlanta, Georgia who they say injected heroin into a Google executive on his yacht, then destroyed evidence and ran from the scene when he OD'd.

Tichelman was arrested last Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder, destruction of evidence and transporting and providing narcotics.

The San Jose Mercury News has an extensive report:

Alix Catherine Tichelman and 51-year-old Forrest Timothy Hayes found each other online and had met a few times before their Nov. 26 encounter on Hayes' 50-foot yacht, Escape, at the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark.

Tichelman provided heroin for Hayes, a Google executive, while they were inside the yacht, police said. A surveillance video from the boat shows that Hayes was "suffering medical complications" and lost consciousness, Clark said. She made no effort to help him, and instead gathered her belongings and even gulped a glass of wine before she drew a window blind and left, the video shows.

Hayes is survived by his wife of 17 years and his five children.

His tech industry career is said to have included positions at Sun Microsystems, Apple and Google.

Hayes and Tichelman reportedly met on SeekingArrangement.com, a website "for sugar daddies and sugar babies seeking mutually beneficial relationships and arrangements."

Police in Georgia are now taking a second look at an earlier case in which Tichelman bit a former boyfriend, who later died.

Below and above, a few of the tweets and selfies from her Twitter account.

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  2. I'm disgusted by the coverage here. What is the context behind her Dexter post? Why do we learn where she was from, but not him. Google execs are moving from all points to destroy SF, and now Portland, too. Painting the escort as some derraned junkie killer overlooks the fact that a junkie dude hired her - and that his legit job harms far more people than she ever could. In fact, she provides more human service than he ever has.

    I do like the earlier gentleman's comment about escorts receiving training in drug-od intervention. The state could allow intra-nasal naloxone to be freely distributed with needle kits, etc - that will stop an OD in its tracks. As it stands, I don't know that she had any legal obligation to administer help. What would she have done, if she didn't have naloxone?

    She knew how she'd be treated and so she bolted. She was right. While fleeing the scene didn't help her, I can't say that I blame her.

  3. You don't understand. He was rich, white, and male. The heroin was therefore only a dalliance.

  4. "Forrest will be remembered above all as a loving husband and father. More than anything else he enjoyed spending time with his family at home and on his boat" [with prostitutes and sweet, sweet heroin]

  5. Neither party is coming across looking that good here, but just for kicks imagine they were in her apartment, she was the one who OD'd on the drugs he provided, and he bolted without making any attempt to help her. Either way the one who causes/allows the other to die doesn't come across looking very good.

    Even if she was (understandably) worried about how the police would react to the drugs and prostitution, she could have at least dialed 9-1-1 on her way out the door.

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