Horrific In-Home Murder Calls for Justice - & Caution
A gay in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood’s horrific murder hit me personally: This man just happened to be someone I knew, primarily due to his habit of perching his pet cockatoo on his shoulder as he walked and socialized with both neighbors and curious onlookers like me in this well-known -- and generally safe -- gayborhood.
My heart goes out to this man’s loved ones. He was well liked in his neighborhood for his friendliness and charitable works: He prepared the sacraments for the Sunday service at a local Episcopal Church, among other good deeds.
Unfortunately, his murder points up a disturbing fact of life: Despite all the wonderful momentum for change in the GLBT community, there is still no way to protect gay men from harm or death from potential sex partners with dangerous intentions in mind rather than just having fun.
According to a story here, the victim was found with duct tape across his mouth, his hands bound and a towel draped over his head. He was apparently wearing only a white T-shirt. He had an electrical cord lashed around his wrists when found by his concerned neighbor and best friend.
Hearing those details brings back to the horrific images of the death that begins the 1970s movie "Cruising" starring Al Pacino. Pacino plays a cop who goes undercover in New York’s underground gay sex scene to catch an apparent serial killer. There’s another ’70s film, "Looking for Mister Goodbar," in which Diane Keaton is brutally murdered by a man she picks up.