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Slain Man Whose Head Was Found Near Hollywood Sign Was Gay: VIDEO


Last week I reported on the gruesome story out of L.A. of body parts that were found in Bronson Park close to the Hollywood sign. While there are still many unanswered questions in the investigation, more details are coming forth about the victim in the case, Hervey Medellin, including the fact that he was gay.


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  1. Sad to say, but as soon as I heard the story, that was the first thing I thought about. Some sort of terrible hate crime seemed likely. As we all know, violence against GLBTQ persons is often magnified in intensity and this sounds gruesome.
    Terrible tragedy either way. :(

    Posted by: Sethboy | Jan 24, 2012 9:56:26 AM

  2. Gosh, what an awful death. I certainly hope the man was not alive when he was beheaded. Reminds me of the horrible grusome death of reporter Daniel Pearl (remember that?). (Shutter!)

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jan 24, 2012 10:35:21 AM

  3. @SETHBOY Really? You thought hate crime? My immediate thought was drug deal gone bad. Either way, it's horrific. =(

    Posted by: anonimodesf | Jan 24, 2012 10:42:01 AM

  4. Yeah, I didn't think his being gay was the probable cause. He was a flight attendant for years with a Mexican airline and my thought was possibly he knew of drug smuggling and the cartel was taking care of business.

    Posted by: RonTEX | Jan 24, 2012 11:02:32 AM

  5. Cutting off a head and hands is so depraved that it's not the work of a casual gay basher or thug. It's either someone who knew and hated the guy (spurned lover, etc.) or a sicko who had sex with the guy and killed him in a freak-out moment of self-loathe and panic. There aren't a lot of people out there who can stomach butchering a person (thankfully).

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 24, 2012 11:07:36 AM

  6. Duh. Ever hear of the MedellĂ­n Cartel?

    Posted by: Pablo Escobar | Jan 24, 2012 1:01:20 PM

  7. The viciousness of the crime would link it to the Mexican mafia

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 24, 2012 5:52:54 PM

  8. Hate crime? Sounded immediately to me like:

    1) Extreme example of domestic violence [the unnecessary viciousness would seem to suggest people very intimate in a relationship that soured badly]. The chopped body simply indicative of a desperate killer trying dispose of a dead body.

    2) Sadistic serial-type killer [statistically unlikely though]

    3) Some sort of 'business' gone bad.

    If the victim was gay and this is integral to his murder, I'd suggest a hook-up gone horribly bad or a soured intimate relationship are far more likely than a random gay bashing / hate crime.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 24, 2012 11:43:16 PM

  9. You posted a link. You didn't report on this story. There's a difference.

    Posted by: TheToothFairy | Jan 24, 2012 11:53:48 PM

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