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Update on Brutal Possible Hate Crime in Terlingua, Texas


More on the possible west Texas hate crime I posted about this morning in which a 19-year-old man whose name is being withheld was kidnapped and repeatedly sexually assaulted by two men before his car was set on fire in the Texas ghost town of Terlingua on Sunday. It is unclear whether the victim was gay, but two other news outlets are reporting that the victim was 18, not 19. 27-year-old Kristopher Buchanan and 46-year-old Daniel Martinez (below) are in jail for the attack.

Right now there are more questions than answers.

Martinez is being charged with sexual assault - brief video report here. Charges are expected for Buchanan.

Martinez The Dallas Voice reports that they've been having trouble reaching the sheriff's office in Terlingua and wonder if they are possibly trying to cover something up. They provide a number to the sheriff's office - 432-837-3488.

John Wright from the Voice also reports a few more details:

"I’ve been unable to confirm rumors that the sexual assault involved the victim being sodomized with a tire iron. According to media reports, the victim met the two suspects at the Boathouse bar in Terlingua Ghost Town, near the Texas-Mexico border and the Big Bend National Forest. The suspects reportedly hit the teen over the back of the head and kidnapped him. The suspects drove the victim in his own car to a remote location in south Brewster County, before sexually assaulting him and burning the car. They then took him to a private residence, where they again sexually assaulted him before he managed to escape. The victim crossed 3 miles of harsh desert terrain on foot to a highway, where he was eventually found by a sheriff’s deputy at about 1 a.m. Monday. NewsWest 9 reports that the victim was bleeding and bruised, and that he was taken to Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, where it was confirmed that he’d been sexually assaulted. He was treated and released."

Said John Waters, publisher of The Big Bend Gazette: “I have never encountered a case as violent as this."

Man Escapes After Two Sexual Assaults, Kidnapping, Auto Arson, in Attack Near Texas Ghost Town [tr]

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  1. Two thoughts. If the victim had been sodomized with a tire iron, he probably would not have been "treated and released." The injuries would have been more serious. Maybe rumors should be actually confirmed before being reported at all. "I don't know if this is true or not, but I'll say it any way," is gossip not news.

    Second, maybe the sheriff is conducting an investigation and doesn't want to say anything until he can say things he can verify. That could be considered good police work, you know.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Dec 10, 2009 10:10:36 PM

  2. He can actually give a statement to that effect. The fact that he's given no statement at all is irresponsible and suspicious.

    Posted by: BGrey | Dec 10, 2009 11:35:38 PM

  3. Terligua is a crazy place, full of hippies, outcasts, and off the grid redneck freaks. It has been known for years as place people go to drop out of society and spend their days and nights just getting fucked up on drugs and booze.

    Posted by: txstevo | Dec 11, 2009 12:44:26 AM

  4. Adam Lambert is speaking out on this: "Well, you know, (Kaufman and Buchanan) did something that's not necessarily very nice, but I'm sure (they've) got some sort of justification for it."

    Posted by: TCW | Dec 11, 2009 8:27:58 AM

  5. Hey TCW, we get it. You don't like Adam Lambert or maybe you do and think he should become some sort of Gay Activist when he's just starting his career. Whatever the reason, give it a rest already. You're only coming across as childish and immature. Grow up.

    Posted by: Keith | Dec 11, 2009 9:17:41 AM

  6. Let's get real, of course at least a portion of this is true. The guys car is torched he's bruised and proof of being sodomized is confirmed by the hospital; he walks 3 miles in the desert until picked up by a cop. Two people are arrested. What's wrong with you guys? You don't need ever detail to figure out something is very wrong with this picture!
    Gay or straight is irrelevant, this should not happen to anyone.

    Posted by: Warren | Dec 11, 2009 9:33:10 AM

  7. TxStevo, When was the last time you were down in the Big Bend? The area is growing real fast! Yes, there may still be those "Delievernce" type of rednecks out there, but as a gay man who has friends and family out that way, the people of Terliqua and the rest of the surrounding area are really friendly people and yes, you do have that one occasional bad seed out there, but that's usually from SRSU! Don't lump the entire area into one big redneck out to get ya' type of place!

    Posted by: Steve Kerbow | Dec 11, 2009 10:55:18 AM

  8. Scary shit!
    One can only hope justice is served and these fuckers spend their lives behind bars or dead.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 11, 2009 12:44:34 PM


    12/21/09 Midland TV station (CBS) story: "FBI Investigating Possible Terlingua Hate Crime"


    12/17/09 Local newspaper story about how court has added charges of kidnapping and arson, raised the amount of bail for Martinez to $60,000, and made Buchanan's bail the same.

    Check back at that website on Thursdays for updates, as it is a weekly newspaper.


    Newsletter explains how the Terlingua and surrounding community is standing behind the victim of this senseless crime.


    Here is the info from the organizers of the Dec 14 vigil on the fund started to pay for the young man's arsoned car, lost possessions, and any extra amount going to therapy:

    Quicksilver Branch of West Texas National Bank
    P. O. Box 266
    Terlingua, Tx 79852

    Include a note with donation: To be deposited in Victim Fund 12/7/09 attack in Terlingua, in the name of Bonnie Hill. Carol Villareal is the bank officer if you have questions. Email:

    Posted by: Terlingua native | Dec 22, 2009 3:03:58 PM

  10. The bail changed after a call and letter campaign to local elected officials, as well as a local petition drive focused on this issue, as well as a rally on the courthouse lawn in Alpine, Texas.

    Posted by: Terlingua native | Dec 22, 2009 3:09:46 PM

  11. The guys car is torched he's bruised and proof of being sodomize is confirmed by the hospital. You don't like Lambert or maybe you do and think he should become some sort of gay Activist when he's just starting his career.

    Posted by: automotive tools | Sep 9, 2010 1:47:01 AM

  12. hello all i think this crime is very sad to happen to this guy by another human i to am a gay male i have been looking into buying some land in terlingua and living off the grid i do not feel everyone in terlingua is as mean spirted as thos two men to hurt another person that way everyone i have talked to have been more than willing to help me out with questions or phone numers or anything especially at the terlingua ranch office it seems to be a very open and accepting community from what i can see i would hope this man that has been victomized will get alot of suport from everyone everywhere and he definatly has my suport

    Posted by: daniel | Nov 18, 2010 1:30:05 PM

  13. Just so you ALL know, the 2 guys that did this to the victim was NOT a terlingua resident. They were drifters that were not down here very long before doing this.

    Posted by: texleopard | Sep 1, 2012 4:09:17 PM

  14. Just so you ALL know, the 2 guys that did this to the victim was NOT a terlingua resident. They were drifters that were not down here very long before doing this.

    Posted by: texleopard | Sep 1, 2012 4:09:18 PM

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