02 June 2013

Where is Justice for Millie and Michael?

     Today, I learned a few things. First, I learned that my old junior high school friend, Millie Worrell, and her three year old son died a horrific death that was presumed by her family and friends to have been caused by her abusive boyfriend (though he was not prosecuted at the time).

The only pic I have of Millie, it's from our junior high school yearbook

 Second, I learned that same abusive boyfriend is facing trial for killing his ex-girlfriend last year. The story he gave to the police before confessing is eerily similar to his unlikely story when questioned about Millie’s death. Is it too late for Millie and Michael? Can there still be justice for them?

     Millie was a brave woman. Her obituary says she died of smoke inhalation. That is the most gentle description possible. I was told she was beaten, her dog killed, the front door nailed shut, and the couch where she lay over three-year-old Michael was set on fire. That’s where the smoke came from. Perdock was present and did not call 911, but a passerby did. How can this be something other than murder? I will be looking at her death certificate this summer to see if this was ruled accidental or homicide, but I’m sure she didn’t nail herself into that house.

     Her friends and family long suspected her boyfriend and Michael’s father, Carl Richard Perdock, of causing her death just before Christmas in 2002. The police questioned and released him after he said he was trying to help Millie but couldn’t do anything. The police dismissed the concerns of Millie’s friends and family. Perdock was able to attend Millie’s funeral and did not shed a tear for her.

     While we all grieve differently, this situation looks even worse when we evaluate where Carl Richard Perdock is today. By his own admission, he punched his former girlfriend, Arianna Villareal, several times, stabbed her with a pencil, and then stuffed her body in a sleeping bag that he buried in a shallow grave in Sky Valley, California in late September 2012. But the court documents tell a different story, as detailed in an article by Laura Yanez:

“According to court documents, his roommate told investigators that Perdock arrived at their home with Villareal in the front passenger seat of his jeep, with a "sack" over her head. He then carried her to a bed "asked for his brass knuckles" before stabbing Villareal with a pair of scissors, he said.
However, Perdock told investigators a different story. The report says Perdock said a man fired at him with a shotgun at Villareal's house when he came over that day, missed and took off.
Perdock claimed Villareal had a bullet hole near her neck, took her to where her body was later found by authorities to tend to the wound. He said he tried giving her CPR until he realized she was dead and then stuffed her body in a sleeping bag and buried her, according to the documentation.”
     Sound familiar? I guess there are now two women who are no longer with us after Perdock “helps”. He is sitting in jail in Indio awaiting trial for Arianna’s torture and murder. Let’s get the justice Millie and Michael deserve and have waited eleven years to receive as well.

Want to help?

  • Show up at Perdock’s court hearings with a display (shirt, sign, whatever) that asks for Justice for Millie and Michael out front of the court house.
  • Contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit or the Palm Desert station at 760-836-1600 and remind them that Investigation #O122710013 is not ready to be closed until charges are filed against Perdock for the deaths of Millie Worrell and Michael Perdock.
  • Contact the San Bernardino Sheriff Homicide group at 909-387-3589 and ask them to investigate the death of Millie Worrell and Michael Perdock in light of the recent charges pending against Carl Richard Perdock in Riverside County.
  • Leave comments on every news site you come across that mentions the Arianna Villareal homicide, and ask about justice for Millie and Michael.
  • If you knew Millie or Carl Richard Perdock, and either of them told you anything that might bring Millie justice, please report it to both the Riverside and San Bernardino Sheriff’s office, as well as commenting here so that I can pass your contact information along to Millie’s family. If you want to do so anonymously, call the tip line at 951-955-2777 instead.

Please feel free to share your stories of Millie and Michael. Millie and her son deserve to be remembered and loved in our hearts forever.

Laura Yanez’s article can be found here: 


Anonymous said...

Sorry for your lose. Millie was a sweet young lady. I new her personaly.

Anonymous said...

Hello. I just read your blog. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Ari is my friend and my heart hurts for her children. The Lord bring shine light on the darkness and will bring justice for Ari, as well as, for Millie and Michael.

Claire Wessel said...

Thank you for your comments here. It has been hard for the people who knew Millie to know that Perdock went on to cause more pain and sorrow in the world. Hopefully he will be convicted soon and not have the opportunity to destroy the lives of more young women and their children and families.

1ChangedPerson said...

I knew Arianna, Millie & Michael and spoke to Arianna & Millie both just 1 day before they were killed.
Arianna & Millie were loving Mothers, Beautiful & a few years younger than Carl and they were faithful to Carl.
They couldn't change the fact that shortly after they entered a room they caught the attention of everyone in it.
Attractive, Funny, Smart and Confident was what Carl needed it's unfortunate he didn't appreciate it.
I am sorry for the families of all that were taken from us....... Millie Worrell, Michael aka"Mikey" & Arianna Villarreal.
They will never be forgotten.
They're deaths hit me hard and I find myself going to counseling now.

Anonymous said...

First of all, the jack ass who "heard" this bullshit information should first look into police records before running there mouth with un researched slanders on ANYONE!!! I knew both millie and carl, and carl was devistated. He lost his girl and his SON!!!! His SON!!! How dare you speak of him without knowing them? Police and fire investigators said the fire was started by his young son sticking a plastic sword into the fire place/furnace then pulling it out, leaving drops of burning plastic everywhere causing the fire!!! No dought the families are grieving but theres no need to make more of it then there is!!!

Claire Wessel said...

My information is from contact with Millie's family. We grew up together. It isn't slander to have a personal belief that the police missed a few things in Millie's case. Whoever "anonymous" is seems to forget that where Carl's at now says a lot more about him as a man and a boyfriend than anything I could put on the internet. Thankfully, he will be convicted soon in Arianna's case and not be able to hurt any other women.

Krisi said...

Millie was my closest & dearest friend from 1990-1994, we even lived together for a time when she was dating Darren. She was like an aunt to my son, he fondly refered to her as his "MiMi". Millie was beautiful, magnetic, funny, charming & loving, and I miss her terribly. My heart aches for her mother Irene & her surviving sister, Stephanie, their family has faced so much horrific tragedies. My only consolation is that Millie & Mikey are up in heaven with her dear sister, Lisa & niece, Brittany. I have always believed that Carl murdered her & her son, I hope & pray that karma catches up with him.
Thank you, Claire for posting this, I have since lost contact with Millie's family, but have long searched the internet to find out if my dear friend & her son ever received the justice they so deserve.
RIP MiMi & Mikey, I'll never forget 12-21-02, I love you both.

Anonymous said...

You sound pretty convincing with the way that you word it all, almost as if you were there and saw Carl's face at the funeral. And I find it amazing that almost every single detail that you claim is FACT on what happened, the nailing of the doors...I mean you were like super close to them weren't you? Did you visit with them often at their house where they lived? Did you know my nephew before he died? Who are you?

Anonymous said...

As Carl's Sister, I can understand and respect your feelings.
But from someone who has known Carl for over 30 years, seen the betrayals of closest of friends, and the actions of a demented human towards others with no remorse or feelings of any kind. I am surprised actually that he didn't hurt more than he did (who knows) and get convicted of something like this much earlier, it is sad for all three of the families.
But Carl was one of the few people/ex-friends I've had, that I always knew would either get killed for screwing someone's old lady, or kill someone else in a rip-off, rape and murder.
That's why I separated myself from him after he showed his true colors when he Screwed his long time best friends long time and first girlfriend...
Carl was scum, I'm sorry...
Last time I saw him was 7 or 8 months before the murder, he was carrying homemade explosive devices, and modified flare guns with nails in them. As high on meth as any person could be.
I was a friend to Carl at one time. But I don't let people like him stay around me long...
Honestly, in my opinion, he should never see the free world again, and should be forced out of PC (punk) into Gen. Pop. as soon as possible...
So real justice might be served...

Anonymous said...

You sound like the punk here two faced asshole. You were never a so called friend. You were just another user for what could be in it for yourself, in other words! So save your bullshit! Clown.

Anonymous said...

What happens
is when METH takes over your life ,IT CHANGES YOU,,,,!!! That's what happen to carl is meth and he was good at hiding it,

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you didn't distance yourself from Carl because you seen him seven or eight months before this happened sounds like you were hanging out with them and besides I think Carl's best friends first girlfriend has slept with everybody

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Crzykevin said...

I found out this man is possibly my biological father too. My whole family waited till I was 22 to tell me. i met him and Ariana a week before he killed her...