Prostitute Charged In Google Exec’s Heroin Death Was Exotic Dancer In San Francisco Strip Clubs
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A prostitute being charged in the heroin overdose death of a Google executive was once an exotic dancer at clubs in San Francisco.
Alix Tichelman danced at the Hustler Club, and The Condor in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood.
One dancer, who did not want to be identified, saw Tichelman dance at The Condor. She didn’t know her personally, but said the dancers face pressure to land rich customers.
“Customers try to say, this girl can pay me this much for this, and they try to lure you to do that,” she said, adding that landing a Google executive is ‘Pretty good.”
Police in an Atlanta suburb are reopening the investigation into the September drug-related death of a man who once dated Tichelman.
51-year-old Dean Riopelle died of a heroin overdose on September 24, 2013, according to Facebook posts and published reports. Riopelle’s death came two months before Google executive Forrest Hayes died aboard his yacht in Santa Cruz.
Riopelle was a nightclub owner and lead singer for a fetish-themed band known as the Impotent Sea Snakes.