The world has a way of proving to me that my own problems are insignificant to what some other people have to go through. Continuing our successful “Random Acts of Evil” series, here’s something truly revolting: It seems that a mentally handicapped woman was slowly tortured to death by a family who pocketed her social security checks.

[Living on a mattress in the basement,] Dorothy Dixon ate what she could forage from the refrigerator upstairs, where housemates used her for target practice with BBs, burned her with a glue gun and doused her with scalding liquid that peeled away her skin.

They torched what few clothes she had, so she walked around naked. They often pummeled her with an aluminum bat or metal handle.

You didn’t think that was all, did you? It gets worse. Mrs Dixon was pregnant when she died. She left a son, too.

[The investigator] watched the autopsy and found her injuries disturbing. X-rays revealed roughly 30 BBs lodged in her. Deep-tissue burns covered about one-third of her body — her face, her chest, her arms and feet — and left her severely dehydrated. Her face and body showed signs of prolonged abuse. Many of her wounds were infected.

I really cannot comprehend how anybody could do this to another person – or even an animal. Five adults and a twelve-year old were charged with the murder.