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  1. Pete N SFO says

    Truly awful.

    How do we push-back on politicians who clearly are dodging an issue by suggesting, “…this should be put up for a popular vote.”?

    Legislators are elected by popular vote and represent the people when they pass laws that protect people.

    This political strategy by elected official is just the latest way they attempt to preserve their life living at the public trough.

  2. johnny says

    This doesn’t make me scared, this makes me damned ANGRY.

    Anybody who tries to break into my home and assault me will wish they’d never gotten near my house. There will be no mercy.

  3. Francis says

    What an unbelievably tragic story, almost speechless. The fact that this woman was attacked in her own home by these savages makes me angry too, Johnny, very angry, but it also saddens me, that she was not safe in the place she shouldn’t have to fear something like this happening to her. I probably shouldn’t be at this point, but stories this horrific surprise me in this day and age. I guess it’s part of the reality of being LGBT in the Bible Belt. Such a shame.

  4. V-8 says

    when I read stories like this, I begin to lose hope for humanity… life is so wonderful, the world is so beautiful, why can’t people just realize that and let each other’s be? the escalation of these events makes me wonder how history will look back at our times, as this certainly feels very much like the beginning of the end, of history unfortunately repeating itself with an updated target… bless this woman and her community….

    was just in Nebraska a few weeks ago, thought the place was lovely….. sigh =-/

  5. Wolf Sawyer says

    Popular vote my ass, this needs to be national news. The country as a whole needs to be shown what the talibangelists brainwashing is doing to American citizens.

  6. Tony says

    I hate to be “that guy” but this sounds like a classic fake hate crime. I’ll reserve my opinion either way for when everything comes out in the open. Masked men, carving in the stomach, gasoline. She was tied up but somehow managed to crawl to a neighbors house? I’m not sure I’m buying this one. And it’s not like others haven’t faked things like this before.

  7. Greggie says

    Maybe I’m just reading into things, but did anyone else get the feeling that the news station presented this as if it was just a random crime? They mutilated her body for God’s sake. It’s like they didn’t event want to address it. This really needs to go national.

  8. Tony says

    @Steve I did read it, and my point still stands. How do you pour a flammable liquid ANYWHERE and then somehow fail at setting it on fire? It makes no sense. The damage to her was minimal, which is characteristic of fakes. Was she beat up? Does she have a black eye? Of course not. She’s not going to punch herself in the face. And good job ignoring the part about her being tied up and still crawling. Why would they not tie her to anything? This story doesn’t make sense, and mark my words, give it no more than 2 weeks and we will find out she’s full of crap.

  9. Greggie says

    @Tony…now that I read your latest comment, it makes me think of the woman who threw acid on her own face and then claimed she was attacked. I suppose anything is possible.

  10. Francis says

    We have to contact some of the major news networks and have them report on this tragedy. I’m about to right now. This definitely does need to go national. As for the local reports, the thing that makes me scratch my head is that Lincoln police isn’t currently investigating this as a hate crime, although that’s what it clearly is. Pressure will need to be kept on them, as we’ve seen police forces regularly be nonchalant and show no sense of urgency or care regarding anti-gay attacks.

  11. StraightGrandmother says

    Me too I am reserving judgement. Remember that girl in college with the anti gay graffiti on her dorm room door? She did it herself. Remember those tow lesbains, I think it was Colorado,with the spray painted garage door anti gay words? Yeah they did it themselves.

    It is curious that they would spray paint graffiti on her basement walls and not her living room walls don’t you think?

    I will reserve judgement pending further investigation. If true, it is horrendous! But we have seen Fake Hate Crimes before so as for me I will wait and see.

  12. William of Ockham says

    10 to 1 this is fake and staged. Tony is right, all the hallmarks are there. Is that cynical? Yes. Given what we sadly know about these cases and how this one fits it’s also almost certainly true.

  13. alicia says

    fake and staged? ur saying she carved into her own body and then crawled out of her house naked to the neighbor’s? you people should do this to yourselves and show us just how easy and rewarding it is to fake something like this. no one is fooled by your attempts to cover your bigotry. too bad we can’t send you back in time to an era you belong in.

  14. tcw says

    Tony has a point. The carving into the skin has featured in at least one fake anti-gay hate crime in the last couple of years. Intuitively it’s hard to imagine a perp sitting down and touching his skin to the skin of someone he despises for long enough to carve a word into the skin.

  15. Jeff says

    Not many points here but I believe a few shill posters on this subject. This is a horrendous hate crime. Charles Manson’s gang of loonies carved on his victims before he murdered them too and spray painted on their walls. Must have not happened? My prayers go out to the victim. I hope whoever did this is is given proper punishment for this horrendous attack.

  16. Ray Sager says

    @those who say this was faked or staged: I get a distinct feeling that you guys are somehow either part of the bigotry or maybe…JUST MAYBE part of the problem( or perhaps could be the perpetrators of this heinous crime trying to cast doubt on the whole case) How do we know that you guys didn’t do this to her since you all seem to be of this mindset that this person did it to herself?

    Let’s clarify some things here first: Just because some one hates gay people doesn’t mean that they won’t go out of their way to make a statement to the rest of the gay community. I think one of you said something to the effect “Intuitively it’s hard to imagine a perp sitting down and touching his skin to the skin of someone he despises for long enough to carve a word into the skin.” So I guess this whole Matthew Shepard thing was fake, as well?

    An what would this woman stand to gain by mutilating herself and how would she tie herself up and then be able to hit herself? Seriously??? So, in your opinion, anything that happens to gays and lesbians that is considered a hate crime is just the community faking it all in order to do …what exactly? OHHHHH…I see! You think that because this one bill is being put to a vote that all the sudden there is going to be this surge in “fake hate crimes” in order to tug at the emotional heart strings of the people…THAT is such an irrational thought and frankly, to be honest QUITE PATHETIC for you to even THINK that way.

    I hope and pray that this never happens to you…but if it does happen to you I’ll be sure to tell everyone that you guys faked your own injuries just to garner sympathy for your cause, okay?

  17. Hmmmmm... says

    W/Tony on this one. Why would they spray paint slurs in the basement? Why not the bedroom or living room? I’m not saying this didn’t happen as reported, just that somethings with this story just seem beliveable a bit hard to believe.

  18. scott says

    Sorry, but Tony does have a point — it could be a fake. I would wait until all the facts are in until taking a stance. People have done this before and this seems to fit in the pattern of a faked incident. You’re all jumping on Tony for jumping to a conclusion but you’re doing the same in automatically assuming the allegations in this case are true. People have injured themselves before to get attention or cover up an insurance fraud. I’m not saying she did, but at this point anything is possible.

  19. Forrest says

    It sounds extremely contrived to me. And given
    that there have been many fakes, I am skeptical pending a thorough police investigation. Sick people do anything for attention.

  20. B-rod says

    I’m with Tony.

    Ray Sager: We’re not part of the problem, but there has been several instances of these types of hate crimes in the past that turned out to be fake. A healthy dose of caution is appropriate until ALL the facts are released.

    What doesn’t add up is why she was targeted. Home invasions do happen, but home invasions in which a gay person is targeted begs the questions: Why? How did they know her? They had to have known who she was. They didn’t stumble in on her and discovered she was gay. They had to know her.

    And the whole unable-to-light-gasoline-on-fire is questionable.

    This just seems implausible. But maybe I am wrong. We’ll find out eventually.

  21. ratbastard says

    The carving into her skin makes me suspicious. Other aspects of this story also make me suspicious about what really occurred. Yes, I’m jaded. Unfortunately, there are MANY fake ‘hate’ crimes, and this story doesn’t pass the smell test, unlike the story of the two young women shot in Texas.

  22. StraightGrandmother says

    + the zip ties thing. It is easy to zip tie your legs together and then use your mouth to pull the zip ties tight on your hands. I do not have enough information to form an opinion yet. Either scenario is awful though isn’t it?

  23. Rodolfo says

    I’m not buying this either. She was tied, beaten, cut up, and her house was set on fire, with the perpetrators presumably leaving her for dead. But in the time it took her to come to, crawl to her neighbor’s, call the police and the police to arrive, the fire only did $200 worth of damage? And, according to omaha.com, she called the police at 4:00 am and was released from the hospital at 6:30 am? I’m calling it a hoax and I’ll bet the best friend was in on it.

    As for what would she have to gain? Lots and lots of attention. Like the Seattle woman who threw acid in her own face, or the girl who carved a backwards B onto her face and blamed Obama supporters.

  24. Caliban says

    There have been several instances where someone staged hate crimes for attention and sympathy, and these comments show why that’s such a terrible thing. You read about an attack like this and you’re outraged and angry but at the same time part of you is weighing the odds, your reaction tempered by doubt. That’s what the fakes have done, introduced doubt where there shouldn’t be any.

    It seems odd to say, but I hope she really was attacked, that this is real. Each time someone “cries wolf” it detracts from the real crimes, which really do happen with sickening frequency.

  25. David says

    In the article it also does mention that the home was on fire when the police arrived on the scene so I’m not sure where the “unable to light on fire” thing is coming from.

    Maybe it’s just me but my impression was that the perpetrators (if true) tried to set the home ablaze with her in it as opposed to literally dousing her with the gasoline and lighting her on fire.

  26. Hmmmmm... says

    Being cautiously skeptical is warranted give claims and evidence presented at this point. I personally know a guy who in the 90’s claimed that he and a friend were chased and attacked by racists weilding baseball bats. This happened in Seattle & there were multiple rallies by UofW students in protest and in support of the victims of the vicious hate crime. Turned out to be completely fake, and that the “victims” were actually robbing local banks. Not saying that is the case here, just saying that folks who are reacting blindly with their emotions might be wise to think a little before suggesting that anyone attempting to examine the evidence and form their own opinions are just trying to “hide their bigotry” or “part of the problem”.

  27. kpo5 says

    Came here to post exactly what Caliban said. Yes, in a weird way, I hope her story is 100% true.

    If it’s made-up, it means she has some severe mental issues. It will also play into the hands of our enemies, allowing them to call us unstable. It will make the on-the-fence population less likely to jump on our side.

    One thing I read that may provide some answers on the whole basement graffiti thing – one source I read (which may or may not be accurate) didn’t say the men barged in, but said they were waiting for her in the basement.

    Thanks for the link, Alex. I figured they were waiting on the hate crime classification to rule out self-infliction, but I’m no police officer.

  28. Ray Sager says

    @B-Rod: Let me answer your first question with something I know for fact because it happened in our state not too long ago:

    Extremist fundamentalist will go to any great length to discover who is or who isn’t gay or lesbian. All you have to do is follow the license plate or use GOOGLE to look up a FaceBook page or something related to this person’s political activities.

    In my state of Pennsylvania, there was a popular diner/gay and lesbian bar that was particularly targeted by this fundamentalist group with known KKK connections. On the weekend nights when this diner operated, they would have people standing outside protesting this gay bar every weekend…even taking pictures of the people who frequented the bar with Polaroid cameras in an attempt to shame them by posting copies of the pictures all over the town.

    To make matters worse, some of these fundamentalists worked in law enforcement capacities. And as it turned out, one or two of the officers would write down license plates in order to gain information: Where they worked, where they lived, who did they associate with. and so on. It was a tactic used very widely in the south, as well. During the early ’80’s and 90’s when there were these out of the way gay clubs that were out in the sticks, the American Family Association( the AFA) would send their people out to these clubs and have them go around the parking lot recording license plate numbers of the patrons without their knowledge. Then they would give these numbers to the local police saying these people were involved in illegal activities. Once the AFA had the names and places where these people worked or lived, they would sent threatening notes saying that if they were caught at that place again they would be outed publically to their family and co-workers.

    “Why? How did they know her? They had to have known who she was. They didn’t stumble in on her and discovered she was gay. They had to know her.” And they probably did know her on some personal level. Perhaps she was a teacher and when someone saw here coming out of a gay bar they probably followed her home. Hence the “leave the children alone” tag. they associated the fact that she was having her way with children because she was a lesbian…not a far stretch for bigots to be making since that is their main fear…Being gay or lesbian =child molester.

    “This just seems implausible.” What seems implausible? That a lesbian can be attacked in her own home simply because she isn’t a heterosexual woman? Is it also implausible that according to reports that gays and lesbians are attacked at increasingly larger numbers than any other minority? Or are you going to deny that and just stick with your stance that any or all hate crimes reported are just “all made up and faked to make the problem seem bigger than it is?” Think about that for a bit….

    Oh, and while we are on the thinking part..i want you to think of where you can PROVE that the other attacks were “faked” because I know there isn’t any substantiality to your claim. Until you can produce an article( and NOT an article manufactured by a right wingnut group site) then I will believe you…Until then, you can’t really judge this as fake.

  29. Seattle Mike says

    This is another one of those cases where I don’t know which to wish for – that it’s fake (to show that things are getting better for LGBT people) or that it’s real (to avoid tarnishing the LGBT community with fake charges).

  30. Hmmmmm... says

  31. Ray Sager says

    Sorry, but Tony does have a point — it could be a fake. I would wait until all the facts are in until taking a stance. People have done this before and this seems to fit in the pattern of a faked incident. You’re all jumping on Tony for jumping to a conclusion but you’re doing the same in automatically assuming the allegations in this case are true. People have injured themselves before to get attention or cover up an insurance fraud. I’m not saying she did, but at this point anything is possible.

    Posted by: scott | Jul 23, 2012 11:25:11 AM

    It sounds extremely contrived to me. And given
    that there have been many fakes, I am skeptical pending a thorough police investigation. Sick people do anything for attention.

    Posted by: Forrest | Jul 23, 2012 11:27:55 AM

    I just get a sense that Forrest, Tony, B-Rod,Ocham and others who say this is a faked thing are nothing but bigoted trolls who have no sense of what it’s like to be attacked or hurt like this. I’m beginning to get a clear reading of you guys and what I’m beginning to see is something like this: Let’s replace the word “sick people” with gays and lesbians as per Forrest’s statement and then you begin to see why I am re-acting the way I am to their comments.

    People like these will couch their comments very carefully so as not to make it seem that they are bigoted or homophobic Words like “these people” or “sick people” seem innocuous to them since no one will stoop to think they are relating to gays and lesbians. However, I’m not one of “THOSE gays” In your mind, you see all gays and lesbians as having an “agenda” that the gay and lesbian community will do ANYTHING to gain the attention of their plight. Your way of thinking is this: Gays bring this on themselves, if they would just keep their sexuality in the closet then we as the “other” wouldn’t have to resort to violence or angry rhetoric.” Have I hit the nail on the head yet? I know I have.

    It’s easy to blame the gay community for the heterosexual unhappiness that seems abundant. Germany had it’s JEW PROBLEM…America seems to have this GAY PROBLEM according to all the hype we hear from the bloviators such as Rush Limbaugh and his ilk. I was even surprised to hear a pastor recommend that gays and lesbians be penned up behind electrical fences and then starved to death…something I would have associated with Nazi Germany…have we become any better than they?

    Reading this article makes me think that. We are no better than Hitler’s Germany…No better than Uganda with their “Kill the Gays” bill. When it comes to Human Right abuses…we’ve seem to have degenerated to their levels. So, I don’t think this is faked or contrived or staged as you and your fellow trolls would have us believe.

  32. Pierre says

    I also have to say that this seems staged. Look at they way the walls were spray painted. There are definite gender cues in handwriting – that is a woman’s script.

  33. Hmmmmm... says

    Ray, quit projecting. Your ad hominen attacks are without merrit. No one here has claimed that it WAS faked, they are just questioning the evidence as presented, which frankly sounds a little contrived. The fact that you can deny that people have faked similar attacks:

    “PROVE that the other attacks were “faked”…..Until you can produce an article… then I will believe you”

    Then continue to call those that might be skeptical bigototed homohating trolls when evidence meeting your criteria has been presented, only paints you as the troll.

    So, Ray, which troll is more akin to “Germany’s Jewish Problem”; The skeptic that is analysing the evidence and reserving final judgment until all of the evidence is in, or the bandwagon jumper with flaming posts accusing (most likely gay) folks of being bigots and part of the problem? The truth, dear Ray, is that you are reacting hystericaly (not reasonable) out of emotion (totally reasonable). Please take a deep breath before continuing on with your unwarrated attacks.

  34. A says

    I understand not wanting to believe that someone would do such a thing to another person, but the victim should always be believed until evidence proving otherwise is found. This is the reason rapes aren’t reported! I do NOT believe this was faked! People are questioning:
    1: the fire
    The articles I’ve read say that the gasoline was poured on the floor and dropped a match before leaving. Anyone that has studied fires using gasoline knows that gasoline vapors will ignite but when the gasoline runs out the fire won’t continue unless there is another flammable source for the fire to go to. Carpets and some curtains now have anti-burning agents in them (many people don’t know this) and tile and concrete will not catch on fire. I do not know where the fire was started other than on a floor, but I believe the attackers were trying to burn down the house but were too stupid to do it properly.
    2: spray painted words in basement
    first, the attackers might have had the victim in the basement and wanted her to watch them and/or since their intentions were to burn down the house, the basement walls were most likely to survive, leaving their message.
    3: injuries weren’t that bad
    the articles I read didn’t give a full description of the injuries. It said there were cuts “all over.” Which leads me to believe there were cuts in places that someone would not do to themselves. And I would assume they wore gloves since they had the forethought to wear masks, which would mean their skin was not in contact with the victim’s skin or blood. I hope they didn’t so they left fingerprints, but they would really have to be stupid if they didn’t.
    4: She crawled out of her house still bound and naked until she got to a neighbor’s house. Which means it was a time of day when no one was around. If it was faked, you would think they’d go for a time of day that would get more attention and would keep at least a little clothes on.

  35. Icebloo says

    So are the ridicuous right now claiming Jesus is OK with them breaking into our homes and carving words in our skin with knives ?

    Why are American religious people more stupid that religious people in the rest of the world ? I will never understand this disconnect between what they say they believe and the actual actions they do ? Are they all just insane or have then actually never read the Bible or maybe it’s both…..

  36. Anastasia Foos says

    As to why someone would fake a crime such as this ?
    The same reason it’s happened dozens of times before … to claim “victimhood”.

    Like all her stalwart defenders on this site, they are in love with the idea of being a “victim”.
    The only difference, is she actually had the nerve (or the insanity) to go through with the actions.

    Every fake hate crime serves to deny credibility to the real hate crimes that happen every day.

  37. Anastasia Foos says

    @ Ray Sagar …
    Yes I know that we’re all supposed to be “gayly correct” and make pretend this was a real crime,
    but many of us have left the “gay plantation” over this kind of sh!t long ago.

  38. Cindy says

    My uncle was beaten unconscious in his own yard by two thugs who then poured gasoline on him, tried to light him on fire, and left him for dead. Fortunately, the fire went out without burning him and a neighbor found him two days later and called an ambulance. My uncle recovered, but the attackers were never found, because my uncle was hit from behind and didn’t see their faces. I’m telling this because of the people who don’t want to believe something this horrific.

  39. valasca says

    Why is it that people are always quick to judge and decide its fake that the victim is a liar, fact firemen at the scene reported there had been a fire and that it failed to spread, there could be many reasons for that, Fact police didnt want to say what was carved into her body they did not deny there was any carvings.Why would any one do such a thing to there body and go outside naked crawling to a neighbours house wouldnt it be just as believable to say anti gay activist would go out of there way to discredit a hate crime by stating its fake. People in this world are cruel and there are more and more crimes being committed because people cant let people live there own lives. Ignorance and discrimination is no excuse for any crime.

  40. KSH says

    @B-Rod Local news stories are reporting that she was targeted because these men found out that this woman was volunteering at an organization that had her working with children. If you look at one of the pictures, you can see the words “Leave kids alone”.

  41. Yeek says

    A classic sign will be the orientation (for lack of a better word) of any letters carved on her abdomen. Most common signs of a feigned injury are multiple very shallow lacerations for each stroke of every letter without violation of the fascia or defense wounds, as well as letter bases facing the view of the victim or “mirror” lettering (very tough to write upside down and backwards without using a mirror). Let’s see what the evidence shows. BTW, anyone know what happened with the alleged gay bar rape from Pride in NY?

  42. Yeek says

    A classic sign will be the orientation (for lack of a better word) of any letters carved on her abdomen. Most common signs of a feigned injury are multiple very shallow lacerations for each stroke of every letter without violation of the fascia or defense wounds, as well as letter bases facing the view of the victim or “mirror” lettering (very tough to write upside down and backwards without using a mirror). Let’s see what the evidence shows. BTW, anyone know what happened with the alleged gay bar rape from Pride in NY?

  43. Yeek says

    Also fascinating: even though writing on a blackboard or wall uses completely different muscle groups than writing by hand on paper, the lettering (“handwriting”) does not change. There should be enough graffiti on the walls for a good specimen to rule out the victim and/or friend as the author.

  44. St. T of Avila is now EchtKultig says

    Let’s not forget the McCain campaign worker, Ashley Todd, who faked her own attack by Obama supporters! It’s not just LBGT people who fake such attacks, if that’s what this is.

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  46. snowisfun says

    It’s typical for homos and lesbians to make false hate crime accusations for sympathy. Some lesbians hate straight men and make false rape accusations though many lesbians are too ugly for most rapists to want.

    Gay/lesbian groups know that cases like this get national media coverage because they’re strange and odd. I believe it’s a good possiblity this lesbian is making up story of being beaten up by 3 men in hate crime to get sympathy. Gay/lesbian sexual behaviors are comparable to drug junkyism and the transexuals are worse-abolish sex change mutilations.

  47. snowisfun says

    If a homosexual or lesbian makes up story of being a hate crime victim, then as punishment, should the gay be bashed for his lie? If it’s proven that his lesbian made up the story that she was beaten up by 3 men, then as her punishment, should she be bashed by 3 men so that truth is made to the lie?

    I’m against homo/lesbian sexual behaviors because gay/lesbian sexul behaviors are comparable to drug junkyism and they must make it a crime to do sex changes. With gay bashings, most of us homophobes aren’t going to go out and bash gays because it hurts our cause. When gay bashings happen, it’s almost always men reacting to crimes the gays did.

    Many gays and lesbians make false accusations for sympathy. Many lesbians are too ugly for men to want such as Black Crack lesbian Pam Spaulding, but lesbians have made false rape accusations for sympathy. Honestly, some lesbians hate straight men & straight Christian White men get the most hatred. Gays & lesbians have antisocial personalities sometimes because gay/lesbian sexual behaviors are antisocial in & of themselves.

  48. David says

    No sign of forced entry and the “victim” said her doors were locked. She also has 3 dogs, yet the “attackers” were able to surprise her in her bed. Her dogs don’t bark? Enough of this charade. The fact that this woman refuses to confess does not reflect positively on the LGBT community.

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