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Slain D.C. School Principal Met Killers on Phone-Sex Chat Line

Last week I posted about the murder of D.C. middle school principal Brian Betts, who was found dead in his home in mid-April, with his car stolen. Police charged two teenagers yesterday in his death, and said that Betts met them on a phone-sex chat line:

Betts "Sharif Tau Lancaster and Alante Saunders, both 18, were charged with murder, robbery and a handgun violation. Police said that a third 18-year-old man was being held and that they expected that he would also be charged in the killing. D.C. officials said Lancaster and Saunders had recently escaped from the custody of a D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services home, but it was not clear whether they were considered escapees at the time of Betts's killing. Montgomery Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said that there was no indication the teens had any relationship with Betts before the educator arranged a meeting with one or more of them on the phone line. Officers said they think the trio used the chat line to find a target to rob."

The paper adds: "Betts's death continues to be deeply felt at Shaw Middle School, where he came on in 2008 with energy and optimism to help students learn."

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  1. This makes me so angry. But we gay men need to stop letting ourselves be slaughtered by scumbags by allowing strangers into our homes--or by not being ready to defend ourselves when homophobes attack.

    This good man is no more because of a couple of womb turds who will probably get involuntary manslaughter due to "gay panic". We need to wise up, get real, and get ready if we are ever in a position where we need to defend ourselves with deadly force. We cannot wait or expect society to defend or protect us. Better to be judged by 12 than carried by six.

    Posted by: Mark | May 4, 2010 8:47:48 AM


  2. Another demonstration of the dangers of internet dating. Bar culture of yore at least gave one a fighting chance -- meeting someone face to face and acessign them before going somehwhere to do the deed. Naturally nothing is risk-free. But if you're going to hook-up through chat lines be sure to meet your prospective fuckbuddy in a public place (coffee shop, restaurant, bar) first.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 4, 2010 8:56:56 AM


  3. This was not internet dating David.
    This is phone hook-ups --- something that brought us manhunt.net ---- manhunt was first and still is a phone service.

    Yes it IS dangerous.
    Yes people die.
    Yes inviting people over is dumb.
    But many people do it and live.
    Some do not.

    Life is risky.

    LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR has always been dangereous --- but at least there is a trail on the internet.

    Meeting first has it's place /// criminals may not be willing to meet in public, or you may be able to tell if they are on drugs.

    Posted by: Walter | May 4, 2010 9:05:06 AM


  4. "Yes inviting people over is dumb.
    But many people do it and live.
    Some do not."

    Yes, playing Russian Roulette is dumb, but many people do it and live as well. Some do not.

    So let's not be critical of playing Russian Roulette.

    Posted by: Rick S. | May 4, 2010 9:11:57 AM


  5. who knew there were still phone sex lines? i thought they went out with the '90s.

    Posted by: casey | May 4, 2010 9:22:54 AM


  6. Hmph. Didn't Matthew Shephard meet those two dudes who did him in, in a bar, and they talked him into going with them....?

    ...just goes to show you, dangerous psycopaths are still dangerous psychopaths, whether you meet them over the internet or in a bar...

    Posted by: Terrance | May 4, 2010 10:28:30 AM


  7. "...just goes to show you, dangerous psycopaths are still dangerous psychopaths, whether you meet them over the internet or in a bar..."

    Then don't go out with dangerous psychopaths, or more specifically, don't trick rough trade.

    Posted by: Rick S. | May 4, 2010 11:12:25 AM


  8. It's exactly as I predicted including the heterosexual police covering up the anti-gay motive of this crime.
    http://tinyurl.com/38vzohb

    Gay people in Washington D.C. will sit back believing justice will be served and it won't, it already hasn't. The heterosexual police say the motive of the crime was robbery yet the house was left in order. The heterosexual killers might have stolen one or two things that's it. It doesn't make sense that someone gets killed in the most brutal way and THEN have a couple things stolen only for the heterosexual police to ignore the motives of the killing in favor of a after the fact robbery motive. The heterosexual police are working to make sure these heterosexual killers get the least amount of punishment. Wake up gay people in DC this is already headed in the wrong direction.

    Posted by: Bill | May 4, 2010 1:57:54 PM


  9. Well, this is one example of when you order up some rough-trade on the internet. Why risk everything, including your life? Where's the thrill in all this? This is sad. Sad for his students. Sad for his family. I imagine that the hateful bigots will have a field day with this. Sigh.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 4, 2010 2:53:08 PM


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