Monday, July 23, 2012

Vicious hate crime in Lincoln, NE

This story deserves wider attention.  A woman in Lincoln, NE was tied to a chair, her attackers carved homophobic slurs into her body, and they then set her house in fire.  Luckily, she was able to crawl to safety.  My hope is that the feds will get involved and bring these men to justice soon and that religious leaders in the state will start leading on this issue.  (Unfortunately, a fair number of them are lining up to be on the wrong side of history.  A branch of Focus on the Family recently mobilized their followers to try to block a local ordinance that would protect homosexuals from employment and housing discrimination.)  I've provided a link to Star City Pride.  They are setting up a victim recovery fund. Please, consider donating and share this story with others.

Update
It turned out to be a hoax.  It's a terribly sad ending to a horrible story.  Hope that people in Lincoln will be quick to forgive her.

10 comments:

Stephanie said...

Correction: She wasn't tied to a chair. I'm not sure where you received that tidbit.

Clayton Littlejohn said...

Hi Stephanie,
I thought that I had read that the victim was bound to a chair with plastic ties, but I might have been wrong about the chair part. If it's not in the LJS story, it must have been a mistaken on my part.

Is there any news about the status of the victim or the criminal case?

Big Ramifications said...

Yes. Update is that it was an obvious hoax.

Clayton Littlejohn said...

Do you have a link? If it's a hoax, I made a mistake in trusting an internet source once already. Shouldn't make the same mistake twice, should I? Hope it is a hoax, but haven't seen any evidence yet that it is.

Leslie said...

Clayton, it has not been confirmed as a hoax. That comment is a hoax. Police are releasing very little details because they want the perpertrators to "remember details on their own, not read them somewhere." However, some things have been released by her friends, including a picture taken from her basement. The hoax theory is being investigated, but it is just ONE angle. The FBI is involved. There has NOT been any updates from the police or FBI on the case other than the vague statements to other press agencies and it's the same info that they released in the LJS story.

Clayton Littlejohn said...

Hi Leslie,
Just to be clear, I _do not_ think that this is a hoax. Some anonymous person said that it was and I'm waiting for evidence. I can't rule out the possibility that it's a hoax, but there are lots of possibilities I cannot rule out that I wouldn't take all that seriously. The hoax possibility is one of them. Unfortunately, Big Ramifications hasn't produced any evidence to show that it's a hoax.

(I said that I hope that it's a hoax because I think the world is a better place without people who would perpetuate this sort of horrible deed. I don't want to leave the impression that I give much credence to the hoax theory.)

Leslie said...

Yes, I know. I wanted you to know that the hoax theory is just that right now and it is only one theory. There are so many possibilities. (If it isn't a hoax, from what has been said, this was not a random act. But, what has been said, comes from her friends and what she told them.) We can only wait until the GLBT friendly (I stress this because the community themselves have said this) police department will investigate thoroughly with the FBI and will not make any knee-jerk reactions naming this a hoax unless they believe it to be true. There are things her friends have said that compared to other hoaxes can point this towards a hoax, but you just don't know with the media so I prefer to keep an open mind and wait until the investigation is over. This is just too serious.

Anonymous said...

Is there an update on this case?

Anonymous said...

It was a hoax. After a warrant was issued she turned herself in.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/21/13397580-lesbian-who-alleged-nebraska-hate-crime-charged-with-lying-about-attack?lite

Clayton Littlejohn said...

It turned out that it was a hoax, as Anon points out above. Very sad. I suppose it's better that it was a hoax, all things told. So, Big Ramifications was right from the start (although, I won't say that he knew from the start...)