Timothy Dashaun Taylor Needs Your Help

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  

I think it’s appropriate that I conclude Black History Month with the story of Timothy Dashaun Taylor. When I think about Timothy’s plight, I am reminded of Langston Hughes’ poem “Mother to Son”.  The age-old mom had weathered the storms of segregation, discrimination and hopelessness.  And no matter what life threw her way, she knew she could not give up. She had responsibilities and a son to provide for. In my imaginary mind, I can see the old mother with black scorched skin from picking cotton all day in the blazing hot sun and blisters on her feet from miles of walking to and from work in cardboard lined shoes.  I can further imagine the old mother after a hard day’s work sitting across the dinner table explaining to her son why he had to attend a segregated school, read out of hand-me-down textbooks and use “Colored Only” water fountains and restrooms.  In the mother’s encouragement to her son, she said, “Don’t you sit down on the steps. ‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.  Don’t you fall now—For I’se still goin’, honey, I’se still climbin’, And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”

When I think about the orchestrated plan to incarcerate, denigrate and eliminate black men, I am reminded of Timothy’s mother, Joan Taylor, who is going through the storms of discrimination and hopelessness but refuses to give up on her son. And, she is encouraging her son “not to sit down,’cause you finds life hard” but to keep on fighting until you are free. The case has been ongoing since 2009.  Ms. Taylor vows that her son is innocent and just another victim of “pin this crime on someone” in order to bring closure to the Drexel family and solve the case.  In case you don’t remember, Timothy was accused of kidnapping and murdering Brittanee Drexel, a teenager from New York, visiting Myrtle Beach on Spring Break in 2009.

Below is a chronological account:

2009- April 25th -Brittanee Drexel, teenager from New York on Spring Break in Myrtle Beach, went missing

2009-August – Timothy Dashaun Taylor- Enrolled in NTI-Mooresville NC

2010-July 27th-Georgetown, Horry and Charleston County Sheriff Departments came in ransacked and searched their home stating they had a warrant for Timothy Taylor, Sr. in connection with an attempted kidnapping on Myrtle Beach SC-7/21/10 (Victim-Randa Massey-20 yrs. old)

2010-November 3rd- Charges for Timothy Taylor Sr. were dismissed and dropped

2011-Timothy Dashaun Taylor was arrested in connection with robbery of McDonald’s in Mt. Pleasant SC- (Timothy never entered business; left two co-defendants, called for help, and never went back to the McDonald’s)

2012-Timothy Dashaun Taylor sentenced to YOA-5yrs Probationary Sentence through State Court

2016-July-FBI-Arrested and detained Timothy Dashaun Taylor (Stating Indictment because of time served through state court sentencing was not enough)- As FBI arrested Timothy Dashaun Taylor, officer stated to neighbors that Timothy Dashaun Taylor was wanted for questioning in a kidnapping that took place in Myrtle Beach, SC

2016-August-Timothy Dashaun Taylor was released on $10,000 bond with ankle monitor at request of FBI agents

2016-October – Timothy appeared, via satellite, and his lawyers Mark Peper and David Aylor on The Dr. Phil Show to proclaim his innocence and seek the public’s help in clearing him of a crime he did not commit

2017-June, July-FBI presented a 10-yr Plea Deal (for the McDonald’s incident) if Timothy could give any information on Brittanee Drexel’s disappearance then the plea deal, and prison sentencing would go away

2017-October 31st-During an appointed meeting with Timothy and Timothy’s lawyer, FBI agents served Timothy Dashaun Taylor with a warrant stating that Timothy Dashaun had violated his ankle monitor agreement going to Dorchester Speedway to work on a race car (in which he did in means of providing for his kids and himself).  He was given permission to leave home but was told he didn’t have permission to go to the Speedway

2018-January 30th-Scheduled for sentencing of Plea Deal (McDonald’s) forced by FBI agents because of his guilty charge in state court for 2011 robbery (Postponed and Continued for 6wks)

2018-Jan & Feb-Soliciting help from all organizations and community churches, leaders, for light to be shed on why the indictment of the 2011 robbery was re-visited when Timothy had already served his time

The Taylor family is vigorously fighting to clear Timothy and their family’s name.  Timothy lost his left arm when he was four years old.  He was 16 years old when Brittanee went missing. He is now 26 years old.  This young man has not had a life.  Please help Timothy and his family! It’s Timothy’s day today, but tomorrow it may be your son!

Won’t you please help?  A Press Conference was held on Thursday, March 1 at 10:30 in front of the Federal Courthouse on Meeting Street and a March in support of Timothy is scheduled for Saturday, March 10 at 11:00 AM.


  1. Jamie on May 6, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Help him out?
    What is wrong with you?
    This is not some well-behaved, sweet, well-mannered kid who was wrongfully accused. There were a ton of individual witnesses that all had the same account and he deserves everything he’s gotten for the choices he made. Your comparison to LH is ignorant and ludicrous. And you’re basically saying that he was suspected because he was black….that is plain stupidity.
    It’s great that you feel sympathy for his mother, yet you clearly have no regard for the Drexel family, who will NEVER see their child….or even her remains, again.

    • Anne on August 9, 2018 at 10:14 pm

      Could not agree more with these comments. Just too bad his father isn’t going to prison with him. This family has issues. This individual is getting exactly what he deserves. What goes around comes around.

  2. Jake carl on May 17, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    This is an insult to the truly innocent and falsely accused young black men serving their lives. If You know anything about this case you know the only reason he’s not in jail is because he fed that poor little girls beaten and abused body to the alligators in s nearby swamp and with no body it makes a quick conviction very difficult.
    And his cameo on the Dr Phil show was NOT to show his innocence but to help the poor family get some answers. Dr Phil clearly suspected he was behind the murder.

  3. CS on June 22, 2018 at 9:59 am

    You should be ashamed of yourself and your journalistic integrity. The only thing more disturbing than the evidence against this man is your plea to help save him.

  4. Kathy O'Connor on July 15, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    I have a question. His father and father brother were in involved in something similar in the past? Is this true and did time in jail

  5. Crystal on October 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    His father, Shaun Taylor, was arrested for the attempted kidnapping of a Tennessee woman, Randa Massey, in July of 2010. Massey was vacationing in Myrtle Beach when 3 men attempted to pull her into a van. Massey later picked Shaun Taylor out of a line up but charges against him were dropped. Senior Assistant Solicitor Donna Elder agreed to dismiss charges against Taylor after further investigation revealed he was elsewhere, although this evidence has never been released or confirmed by any agency other than the Myrtle Beach police department. Taylor has also been questioned in the disappearance of Crystal Soles who disappeared from a convenience store in McClellnville on January 24, 2005.

  6. Kimberly on March 13, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Taylor is innocent.! I think I found out the real killer. I reported home to FBI

  7. Max on August 29, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    You white people are fucking sick.

    -White Person

    • Dixie Cortez on April 22, 2020 at 5:12 pm


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