Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Hate Crime? Self-Hate Crime?

 Horrible mass murder in Colorado Springs at drag show.  Transphobia? From the lawyer's motion on behalf of the defendant:

This is no surprise.  Mass murders at gay bars have often been by people expelled from the bar:

New Orleans, La. (1973)

06/24/1973: Murderer sets afire the UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar, with a bottle of cigarette lighter fluid, killing 33 people.

Category: public

Suicide: many months later

Cause: revenge, for being kicked out of the bar

Weapon: arson[1]

[1] Elisabeth Dias with Jim Down, “The Horror Upstairs,” Time, Jul. 1, 2013.

Or by regular participants.  6/14/16 Washington Post:

 Kevin West said he was in the parking lot at the Pulse nightclub at 1 a.m. Sunday when he recognized Omar Mateen walking in.

The men had met more than a year ago when Mateen reached out to West on Jack’d, a dating app for men. They then lost touch until three months ago, when Mateen made contact again, mentioned that he would be in Orlando soon and suggested meeting for a drink. West had also seen Mateen at Pulse multiple times before.

It gets better.  11/20/22 Colorado Springs Gazette reports:

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office arrested a man with the same name and matching age in June 2021 in connection to a bomb threat that forced residents in a Lorson Ranch neighborhood in southeast Colorado Springs to evacuate from their homes for about three hours, according to an earlier report by the Sheriff's Office....

No formal charges were pursued in the case, which has since been sealed, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office told The Gazette, after Aldrich called an editor in August and asked that the story on The Gazette's website be removed since the case was dropped.

1 comment:

  1. When one is thrown out of a bar one cannot always incorporate that into a comedy routine to ridicule the bar forever after as Ron "Tater Salad" White has done.