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Questions Surround Murder of Openly Gay Teen in Baltimore

Jason Jason Mattison Jr., an openly gay teen who attended Vivian T Thomas high school in Baltimore, was recently murdered:

 "...while Jason appeared strong and confident in the safe confines of his school on North Calhoun Street, unafraid to embrace his sexual orientation as part of his personality, the world outside did not offer those same protections. Last week, at his aunt's house, one of the few occupied homes on a block boarded and sagging, he was found dead - raped, gagged with a pillowcase, stabbed repeatedly in the head and throat, and shoved into an upstairs closet. Jason's killing left his teachers, classmates and relatives in tears and family members asking questions of one another even in the days leading up to today's funeral. Did Jason leave his mother's house and move in with his aunt, as his grandmother suggested? Or was he just visiting on that fateful day, as a cousin said? And why did people in his aunt's house open their door to the suspect, a convicted killer released early from prison because of flaws in his case?"

Lots of questions surround this very sad case including what the police mean when they say Jason had a 'forced sexual relationship' with his killer."

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  1. Truly sad that a kid that brave met such a horrible end. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

    The 'forced rape' thing sounds like typical police double talk. After all the victim is not only gay, he's a person of color. Twice as awkward for the traditional crowd.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 18, 2009 1:03:01 PM

  2. I smell the racist fags talking shit now.

    So sad that yet another young one has been lost to the typical homophobic bigotry we are ALL faced with.

    Posted by: Rocky | Nov 18, 2009 1:25:28 PM

  3. It breaks my heart to see so many more cases like this one lately. What's going on? Why isn't the National media speaking about all of this cases? The case in Puerto Rico was horrific. I personally don't see much different between Fox News feeding hateful information to people and the Church feeding hateful information about Gay people. This is the result of teaching hate and our community is paying a very hight prize ..our kids are dying from it and nobody is doing anything to stop this madness!!

    Posted by: Justin | Nov 18, 2009 1:26:37 PM

  4. The family of the boy is acting like they would not have left him alone with this man if they knew what he was capable of, but he was a convicted killer, so...?

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 18, 2009 1:32:28 PM

  5. Very sad, and awful, like all murders. But, yet again, let's not jump to conclusions on what the motive was.

    Posted by: JT | Nov 18, 2009 2:04:47 PM

  6. Eh shaddup your goddamn mouth, JT. Victim blamer. It's not likely we'd lose jumping to conclusions about the motivations behind the murder of a gay man...given, in your fantasy world, that the probability begins at zero.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 18, 2009 2:16:05 PM

  7. Yeah, but Tank, you probably also believe the 9-11 hijackers flew those planes into the WTC JUST to kill Mychal Judge.

    Posted by: JT | Nov 18, 2009 2:23:49 PM

  8. JT, you're an antigay crackpot. You believe that the likelihood of an openly gay person being targeted for a violent crime because of his sexual orientation starts at zero. It's very likely that you're either a self loathing closet case or a vocal bigot.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 18, 2009 2:47:38 PM

  9. "Let's not jump to conclusions on what the movtive was." -- JT

    A defenseless Gay teenager is assaulted, raped and murdered, and you're curious about the motive? WTF?! What other possible motive could there be? I guess it would be ok if the motive had nothing to do with Gay hatred. Then Andy wouldn't have to post the story and we could just ignore it?

    I guess the killer was too influenced by Tracy Morgan, Robert Bellamy, Jr. and "Bishop" Harry Jackson to know any better.

    Baltimore is a shithole.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 18, 2009 2:52:02 PM

  10. I'm getting tired of the feelings of powerlessness I feel every time I read about a case like this. But there seems to be nothing to be done about it.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Nov 18, 2009 2:52:43 PM

  11. Don't be like that, gabe. There is something you can can, for example, deface an antidiscrimination billboard.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 18, 2009 3:00:02 PM

  12. I guess I'm thick, then, Mark. So you tell me : what was the motive?

    Posted by: JT | Nov 18, 2009 3:10:26 PM

  13. "A defenseless Gay teenager is assaulted, raped and murdered, and you're curious about the motive? WTF?! What other possible motive could there be? I guess it would be ok if the motive had nothing to do with Gay hatred."

    Yes, the excessive stab wounds to the face point to hate as the motivating factor. But tell me, MARK & TANK, when a woman is raped and repeatedly stabbed to death (by a man), do you want people to understand that that is also a hate crime? Are you as passionate on the issue in that situation? Could it prosecuted as a hate crime agaisnt women?

    JT was simply wondering if it was a rape murder--the kind where you leave no witness...they do happen, you know?'s a terrible crime to a young gay guy who learned to have self-esteem under probably the most oppressive circumstances. I could have easily ended up like Jason, but I guess the atmosphere in the 1970s was completely different. There is too much hate now.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 18, 2009 4:07:44 PM

  14. @ JT
    Yes you are thick, and a pernicious dipshit on top of it for even raising the question of motive. Like Mark said, the kid was raped and stabbed to death. If you care WHY, then you're about two evolutionary ticks from the germ who did it. Peddle your agenda to an audience that might care.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Nov 18, 2009 4:20:17 PM

  15. Oh man I shouldn't have read this story it made my heart sink. I'm not going to be able to get it out of my head. I can't begin to imagine the pure terror this kid suffered during the last moments of his life.

    I've been in Baltimore about a half dozen times. There are whole neighborhoods that give new meaning to urban decay. And what's kind of unique about Baltimore is instead of seeing vacant lots where buildings were burned down, you see whole streets, neighborhoods, of boarded up, abandoned property still intact, like a ghost town. Profoundly depressing. How a few people live in such an environment is beyond me.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 18, 2009 4:41:28 PM

  16. Mikemick (the guy who actually believed Shawn Bennett's gaybashing claim) : not one of you can give a motive. You don't know if it was a gaybashing, an anti-African American murder, a disgruntled ex-lover, or something else.

    Posted by: JT | Nov 18, 2009 5:10:34 PM

  17. JT is such a POS. The first thing that degnerate came up with is, "let's not jump to conclusions!". I think we've got an evangelical troll amongst us. Once again, it believes that the probability of a gay person who is the victim of a violent crime because of his sexual orientation starts at zero. There's no reasoning with self loathing bigots like that. Intelligent conversation is foreclosed upon.

    It would (as would many others here) rather assume unlikelier events (like john in boston suggesting drug induced psychosis was the culprit instead of homophobic hatred) are equally plausible in light of a dearth of info. And victim blaming is very popular amongst a certain few posters here. Tar and feather the victim instead of the son of a bitch who perped the crime. You people weaken my faith in humanity...which...already doesn't exist.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 18, 2009 5:26:11 PM

  18. "Why is this not a national news story?" He asks, already knowing the answer.

    Posted by: Giovanni | Nov 18, 2009 5:30:49 PM

  19. Hey Tank (probably should be "Tanked") : How does saying the motive for the murder is unknown equate to "blaming the victim"?

    Posted by: JT | Nov 18, 2009 5:39:25 PM

  20. Because you didn't say that it's unknown, you said that we shouldn't jump to conclusions about the motive. The tacit assumption is that it is just as likely to be antigay as it is to not be antigay. This denies that homophobia exists, and that it is more likely (which it undeniably is) than other motives to be the operative one. It's like I'm talking to someone with a traumatic brain injury...but a bigot, nonetheless.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 18, 2009 5:49:23 PM

  21. The facts known also suggest another gay man is the murderer.

    Posted by: JT | Nov 18, 2009 5:52:36 PM

  22. Well John In Boston,

    Here we go again with your rhetoric. Go back to Baltimore. Even though there is still crime regentrification is alive and well down there as most urban cities.

    And Boston isn't a fucking safety zone either not when your police officers are making racial statements about the President. With a cop like that I wonder what happens if he arrests a black teen? I perish the thought.

    Enough of you. I researched this on the local Baltimore ABC station online. It showed his killer and they say he was raped and strangled by the guy. And they are still trying to find out what really went on.

    From what all things show this is not a hate crime but a senseless and horrible murder.But we will soon find out.

    They had a Memorial vigil for him and many of his classmates male and female were there for support and that's great since he was a young gay male.

    Posted by: Mister Young | Nov 18, 2009 7:26:26 PM

  23. LMAO ! Boston doesn't have a violent crime rate nearly as bad as Baltimore. BALTIMORE IS BAD! No ifs, ands, or buts.

    Baltimore and Boston are roughly the same size. Boston has twice the population density, and a larger metro population.

    Baltimore murders 2008: 234
    Boston murders 2008: 63

    ' For years Baltimore officials have been trying to distance the city from past perceptions and notoriety from shows like Homicide, The Corner, and the Wire. Forbes’ recent list of America’s most dangerous cities wont help their cause. But it’s hard to argue with statistics. The Forbes lists points out, to no surprise of city residents, that Baltimore still suffers from a serious violent crime problem. '


    According to Forbes 2009 list of America's safest cities, Boston ranks #4


    Nice try Mister Young

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 18, 2009 9:02:17 PM

  24. Rhetoric?


    1. (in writing or speech) the undue use of exaggeration or display; bombast.
    2. the art or science of all specialized literary uses of language in prose or verse, including the figures of speech.
    3. the study of the effective use of language.
    4. the ability to use language effectively.
    5. the art of prose in general as opposed to verse.
    6. the art of making persuasive speeches; oratory.
    7. (in classical oratory) the art of influencing the thought and conduct of an audience.
    8. (in older use) a work on rhetoric.


    The undue use of exaggeration or display; bombast? No, not me. I said Baltimore is a very dangerous city, much more dangerous than Boston, a similar sized city, and backed it up with crime *statistics and a respected independent opinion.

    1. (used with a singular verb) the science that deals with the collection, classification, analysis, and interpretation of numerical facts or data, and that, by use of mathematical theories of probability, imposes order and regularity on aggregates of more or less disparate elements.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 18, 2009 9:17:23 PM

  25. JT, did your parents have any kids that lived? Tank called you dead right. You're a misanthropic shit stirrer who uses people like this kid to push some kind of crypto-fundamentalist creed.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Nov 18, 2009 9:28:26 PM

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