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Police Have No Suspects in Horrific Anti-Gay Hate Crime Against Lincoln, Nebraska Woman

Police on Monday said they have no suspects in the horrific hate crime in which three men in ski masks targeted a Lincoln, Nebraska woman in her own home, carved "dyke" into her stomach and attempted to light her house on fire, the Journal Star reports:

LincolnThe woman told police three masked men came in but gave no further description, Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said. Investigators have no suspects.

Police said Monday they still were investigating the case but declined to release details of what they think happened. If police zero in on suspects, investigators want details about the crime to come from their memory, not from what they've read or seen in the media, Flood said.

"We don't want to provide too many details," she added.

The paper adds:

The victim has lived in her house six years, according to neighbor Linda Rappl. The woman mowed neighbors’ lawns, raked leaves and helped Rappl shovel snow.

“(The attackers) only saw a small part of who she was,” Rappl said.

CNN reports that the woman is out of the hospital and staying in an emergency shelter.

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  1. Ah! Yet ANOTHER victory for the christians.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jul 24, 2012 8:33:30 AM


  2. What really pisses me off is how many people posting on the news stories about this are saying 'Oh this is self-inflicted... she's just looking for attention.' Really?? Blaming the victim?

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Jul 24, 2012 9:36:45 AM


  3. Has anyone read about that homophobic attack on the male yoga instructor and his boyfriend in Washington DC? It's in the NBC news website. Washington DC ain't the deep South but it still is very homophobic.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 24, 2012 10:27:09 AM


  4. Something about this story feels weird. I will wait to make any final judgment. As for DC, it is in the South. Not the Deep South, but still the South. But hate crimes happen everywhere, so what does DC's southern geography have to do with anything?

    Posted by: Javier | Jul 24, 2012 10:35:33 AM


  5. D.C. is as gay as Lady GaGa groupies. But it's also a dangerous city, with a high violent crime rate. I'll just leave it at that, if I say anymore, some folks will get their panties in a bunch.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 24, 2012 11:42:50 AM


  6. I hope this lady get's the psychiatric help she needs and isn't involved in anymore vicious assaults and hate crimes.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 24, 2012 11:44:31 AM


  7. What really pisses me of is how many people posting on the news stories about this have the nerve to suggest that anyone who thinks that something doesn't sound quite right about this story is somehow "blaming the victim".

    Posted by: Hmmmmm... | Jul 24, 2012 12:32:17 PM


  8. Well, "Hmmmmm...," the thing that pisses ME off is people who post and comment that this IS a "hoax" as if that's established FACT when at this point it's just speculation. It MAY be a hoax, something done to gain sympathy or to influence attitudes toward some protections in housing recently enacted for gay people. But I don't *know* that and neither do you.

    Because false reports of bias crimes have such a negative effect on public opinion, so that when actual crimes are reported they're met with doubt, I actually hope she was attacked. The police have said they aren't releasing many details, so it IS possible that we don't know enough to make an informed opinion.

    I understand why some have reservations about what has been reported thus far, but it's not really helpful to state unequivocally that it IS a hoax until we know for sure. My attitude is to wait and see. There HAVE been incidents where gay people have been attacked in their homes.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 24, 2012 1:29:11 PM


  9. @HMMMM Thank you. I'm so tired of anyone skeptical of this woman's story being attacked. I've been called homophobic for suggesting that her story is a lie. I'm freaking gay myself. I guess if you have this victim complex going on, it makes it easier to believe people like this woman, but I don't buy her story. My prime suspect is her.

    Posted by: Tony | Jul 24, 2012 1:30:54 PM


  10. Well "CALIBAN", I couldn't *agree* more. :)

    Posted by: Hmmmmm... | Jul 24, 2012 1:48:08 PM


  11. @Caliban Did you think maybe they are releasing details because they are giving her a chance to confess, instead of embarrassing her by calling her out? The story we've heard so far is that someone carved her stomach, tied her up, pour gasoline around her but still somehow managed to fail at setting it on fire, then she crawled (still tied up) to a neighbor's house. Can you really blame people for thinking she's full of it?

    Posted by: Tony | Jul 24, 2012 1:48:35 PM


  12. I think that people should be more careful about calling this a hoax until more information is released. That's a very serious charge to levy against someone and it's also something that would greatly trivialize what occurred if this is truly a hate attack.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 24, 2012 2:08:48 PM


  13. Based on the evidence thus far:

    Superficial wounds
    Inability to describe her attackers
    Spray paint in basement.......not elsewhere in house
    A $200 fire
    A contentious local gay issue

    I'm CONFIDENT that this is a "HOAX CRIME".

    Posted by: David | Jul 24, 2012 7:22:51 PM


  14. Well it turns out the police are think it is a hoax.

    http://journalstar.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/police-not-ruling-out-possibility-hate-crime-was-staged/article_6964b7ec-d43f-578a-a200-b52ba49d0cc9.html

    Posted by: illmanored | Jul 25, 2012 5:39:15 PM


  15. It's a hoax! If 3 hateful idiots really did this then at least 1 would've been caught within an hour and the other 2 identified. The more people involved in a crime the easier it is to crack and these fictional 3 would've been the bottom of the barrel trailer trash idiots. Watch the story start to unravel over the next few days. So many would rather that the story is real and have 3 hateful maniacs on the loose. An incident like this would hurt the city of Lincoln much more than lack of a fairness ordinance.

    Posted by: AveJoe | Jul 26, 2012 12:46:48 AM


  16. Yeah, like that lying hoaxster Brandon Teena. Nothing bad ever happens to LGBT folks in Nebraska!

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 26, 2012 11:01:48 AM


  17. Wasn't Brandon Teena pretending to be a dude? Anyway, in her case the evidence led to suspects. In THIS case the evidence leads to the victim. What was your point again Dave?

    Posted by: David | Jul 26, 2012 5:35:22 PM


  18. No sign of forced entry. "Victim" told police her doors were locked. "Victim" has 3 dogs, none of which alerted her to 3 intruders breaking into her home. It's been 4 days now and "victim" has lawyered up and refuses to confess. The "gay-friendly" Lincoln PD is going to have to force the issue here fairly soon.

    Posted by: David | Jul 26, 2012 5:48:21 PM


  19. I want to thank Andy for allowing ALL views to be expressed here. Thank you Andy.

    Posted by: David | Jul 26, 2012 5:50:33 PM


  20. Francis,

    Is it also a serious charge to falsely claim 3 white men broke into your home, assaulted you, tried to burn down your house, and left anti-gay graffitti?

    Posted by: David | Jul 26, 2012 6:05:03 PM


  21. i think this is a hoax for many reasons, nothing about this rings true, unless she pulls a Pennell it will stand as an unsolved crime and charlie "rainbow jane" rogerswill continue to raise money, she'll be rich and famous in the gay universe.......sad state of affairs.
    i dont think any local media or cops believe her, no forced entry, no real wounds, signs of speed use (picked face wounds) graffiti in basement, small fire $200 damage.......her interview sounds like an interview in a mental hosital, what is this "game" she is referring to? is that what a victim of attemped murder and mayhem would say?

    Posted by: pb11 | Jul 31, 2012 8:18:13 AM


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