Saturday, February 14, 2009

Brutal Double Murder Proves Need for GLBT Protection

Two Indiana men in their 70s were targeted for death because they were gay, speculate people who knew them.

70-year-old Milton Lindgren and 73-year-old Eric Hendricks had been harassed prior to their deaths, the Indianapolis Star reported, with their phone and cable lines having been cut and a note containing an anti-gay epithet having been left on their door.

Hendricks, who was in poor health, was in a wheelchair.

The Indianapolis Star reported that the men’s bloodied bodies were discovered in their Decatur Township home by friends who were concerned about not having heard from them in more than a week.

However, the Indianapolis Star has not noted that the two men were gay, according to those who knew them, and has not provided other details in the case, such as the fact that the note contained the word "faggots," or that friends of the slain men regard their killings as an anti-gay hate crime.

The GLBT equality organization Advance Indiana posted a story on the killings at their Web site stating that the victims were both gay, and citing a WRTV report that mentions the reported sexuality of the victims.

A friend of the murdered men, Patrick Beard, also reportedly told 6News, "I firmly believe it was definitely a hate crime."

Added Beard, "Milt was 70 and his partner was 73 and to go into someone’s home and do something like that, it’s just too coincidental."

Added Beard’s son, Lee, "I’m not a genius, but if someone’s being harassed like that and ’faggot’ gets stamped on their door on a piece of paper, it’s not that hard to connect the dots two months later that these two people are brutally killed in their home [as part of an ongoing anti-gay pattern of criminal conduct]."

Advance Indiana reported that police viewed the cut cables and the note as having been hate crimes, but have not as yet identified the murders as such.

Even if police do investigate the murders as an anti-gay bias crime, the state of Indiana does not provide protection to GLBT victims targeted due to sexual orientation or gender identity and gender expression.

Read the rest of the story from the link provided above. So let me get this straight, the phone lines are cut, these guys are brutally murdered, a note is left on the doorstep akin to "Faggots", and the police aren't sure they should be looking at this as a hate crime?!

People don't just simply disapprove of our life choices, they actually look the other way sometimes when the worst they can imagine happen to us. How chilling...

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