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  1. says

    From the looks of Freemore, a toxicology screen is in order. Looks like meth to me.

    What a horrible tragedy. Wouldn’t it be great if people (straight or gay) were a little less freaky and judgemental about sex? In my estimation, it would make it easier for people to feel comfortable talking to friends about who and where they’re hooking up.

  2. Christopher Buczek says

    I’m sorry, this is so very wrong, but I’m getting so very sick of gay bashings…

    HANG THE FUCKER UP BY HIS BALLS IN THOSE SAME WOODS, SMEAR HIM WITH GREASE AND LEAVE HIM TO THE BEARS

  3. JerzeeMike says

    How utterly heartbreaking. Long before the inception of the internet gay men have been hooking up through classified ads and cruising spots with sometimes horrific results. The aunt and uncle in the video above are right, all it takes is one time and you shouldn’t trust anyone you just meet. I hope this isn’t going to be another “gay panic” defense. I’m curious as to why anyone would bring a knife and a meat cleaver to a hookup unless they meant to do harm to someone. I’m just saying.

  4. JerzeeMike says

    How utterly heartbreaking. Long before the inception of the internet gay men have been hooking up through classified ads and cruising spots with sometimes horrific results. The aunt and uncle in the video above are right, all it takes is one time and you shouldn’t trust anyone you just meet. I hope this isn’t going to be another “gay panic” defense. I’m curious as to why anyone would bring a knife and a meat cleaver to a hookup unless they meant to do harm to someone. I’m just saying.

  5. cj says

    Stabbing someone 20 times usually suggests passion and hate. Judging from the reports, it appears that Freemore initially met with Goucher for sex, but eventually internalized homophobia and self-hatred led to Freemore lashing out at Goucher. The more homophobic attacks I read about the more it is apparent that the attackers seem to be self hating homosexual.

  6. shychigayguy says

    The aunt says he “made a stupid mistake”. Blaming their nephew for his own death by way of internet dating seems less than helpful. LGBT people in rural areas generally have no way to connect other than online forums and very few straight people bother to contemplate how lonely that existence can be. HIs mistake was not meeting a man from online, but meeting him in the woods.

  7. TANK says

    He’s going to get a comparatively light sentence due to his age, gay panic defense, and the homophobic bias of the broken justice system. The only thing going against him is the fact that the victim was a vet.

    Prediction: justice will not be served, despite the overwhelming evidence that this was a premeditated vicious murder.

    He’s one ugly motherfucker, too.

    Suggestion…

  8. Yeek says

    Shychiguy, maybe we can cut this poor grieving woman a break. I think we probably all have been reckless in those young and horny years, and we’ve all probably spoken a little too harshly when we’ve been hurt.

  9. shychigayguy says

    Of course they should be allowed to grieve in their own way. I was only noting the tragic thoughtlessness in the typical small town attitude of “Well, that’s what you get.”. I saw more of that in the video than I did “My poor Michael was brutally murdered by a closeted homophobe.”. Reactions like this are the reason so many women keep silent after they are raped.

    The truth could be in the editing, of course.

  10. says

    This is such a sad story. I am so glad, however, that his aunt and uncle didn’t blame his gayness for his death, but the somewhat risky way hooked up. It’s pretty clear that they couldn’t care less about his orientation, but just love their nephew and wish he could be back with them.

    Hopefully with them as advocates, the perp will get what he deserves in court.

    And kudos to the Pocono Record for covering this story in a non-judgmental way.

  11. Kyle says

    Homophobia kills. It’s just that simple. The victim here probably thought his best option of having sex was to use the anonymity of the internet, otherwise he could be kicked out of his job as a soldier. The killer had been taught (i) to hate gays and (ii) that killing them isn’t that big a deal. Now one man is dead, and the other’s life is ruined. All because they were taught by this society that homosexuality is wrong.

  12. says

    I have to agree with Kyle and add that DADT almost certainly had something to do with the selection of the meeting place, if Freemore’s story is to be believed.

    Goucher appears to be a bit of a looker and others have commented that Freemore looks as if he could have a drug problem. I can’t help but wonder if Goucher turned Freemore down for a repeat and that’s what set him off.

  13. Jay says

    I don’t think DADT had direct impact here. From what I’m understanding, the victim was no longer in the Army. A tragedy nonetheless. I hope we can keep updated on this so that we can know how justice plays out.

  14. Jason87 says

    Heartbreaking. But I think there’s a deeper story there.

    Here’s what Freemore wrote about his sexuality on his myspace page, “Im 18 and bi, but currently leaning towards guys (sry girls) and just because I like guys doenst mean im one of those flaming “OMG” type of people..in fact..most people are suprised when they find out…kinda funny..”

    Freemore also expressed obsessive personal disdain for the police with expletives 3 times on his page.

    In a story about the victim Goucher, “His lifelong dream was to become a police officer. Family friend and former Stroudsburg police chief Kevin Kelly grew fond of “Junior Chief.” Goucher earned that nickname as an elementary school student when emulating Kelly by wearing his own little police uniform and hat…When home on leave, he volunteered in the community by joining the East Stroudsburg Crime Watch. He went on neighborhood bicycle patrols, inspiring fellow Crime Watch members to affectionately call him, “Mike On A Bike.”…At the time he was last seen, Goucher had been looking to see where he could apply for police academy training.”

  15. Patrick says

    This tragedy has really upset me. I grew up in NE PA and most of my family still lives there. I can remember being in high school in the early 80s. What the culture there told you about being gay was that it was so horrible, so perverted, so freakish that it became nearly impossible to recognize that you were gay. It took several years of deprogramming after I left to realize what being gay really was and who I was and to start living a happy life.

    I have been told that things have gotten better there, and perhaps they have, but this story reminds me that those old views still have hold. As a result one gay man is dead most likely by another gay man who has been warped to self-hatred by that toxic culture.

    How do we let this happen? How do we let the culture maim gay people to the point that they’ll hurt other gay folk through violence or through mimicry of the “ex-gay” talking points. This has to stop.

  16. says

    One of the most effective ways I know of to combat this kind of ignorance and hatred is through the PFLAG Speakers Bureau program. Most PFLAG chapters have speakers (GLBT, parent, ally) who go to middle schools, churches, and other groups to present who we are and answer questions. It’s a great way to get accurate info to people (who are mostly just ignorant but want good info) and to humanize us.

    If you can volunteer for the Speakers Bureau just once a year you will be making a difference! It’s not a lot of time and doesn’t cost anything (you may need to take time off from work though) and it makes such a positive difference!!!

  17. John says

    God, a second horrible story from my area. First the corrupt judges sending kids to jail for kickbacks and now this. Sorry, but I hope the killer is ass raped every day he is in jail. Twenty times? Fuck him every day…..

  18. says

    Milkman, I really don’t see how Goucher talking openly about the fact that he was about to go meet a stranger for sex would have done anything at all to prevent the stranger from stabbing him.

    SCENARIO 1
    Goucher: I’m going … out.
    Aunt: Goodbye, dear!
    Tweaked-out trick: STABBITY STAB!!!

    SCENARIO 2
    Goucher: I’m going … out to blow a stranger in the woods.
    Aunt: Goodbye, dear! I would never judge you, for moral judgment is morally wrong!
    Tweaked-out trick: STABBITY STAB!!!

    Same outcome.

    Anyway, from the what the aunt says in the video, it sounds to me like this is something she and Goucher HAD talked about.

  19. mike shackleford says

    The report greatly saddened me but the video brought me to tears. In lieu of his church organist gig,he was prolly some Pentecostal kid. He couldn’t dare come out.

  20. Anita says

    I am just shocked about this whole situation. I actually knew Mike from Alaska. He was a really nice boy. There are just no words to describe how weird it is seeing something like this on a blog. I am at a loss for words. Mike was a great guy, and despite DADT, he was able to live a slightly out life in Fairbanks. Ha, he actually wore a necklace with pride beads all the time, usually under his uniform. The whole situation is a tragedy.

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  22. says

    Long before the inception of the internet gay men have been hooking up through classified ads and cruising spots with sometimes horrific results. The aunt and uncle in the video above are right, all it takes is one time and you shouldn’t trust anyone you just meet. His lifelong dream was to become a police officer. Family friend and former Stroudsburg police chief Kevin Kelly grew fond of “Junior Chief.

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