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Michigan Man Murdered by Group He Met Through Grindr


A 71-year-old Ann Arbor, Michigan was robbed and murdered by three homeless men, one of whom he met on the social hook-up app Grindr, MLive reports:

MaurerNineteen-year-old Richard Thompson, of Flat Rock, told police that when he was signaled by 20-year-old Rikky Ranger and 19-year-old Mark Paling, he got David Maurer in a chokehold while the two other men went through the Lurie Terrace apartment and stole a gun, computer, cash and credit cards, according to transcripts of a Dec. 15 probable cause hearing obtained by The Ann Arbor News Wednesday...

...Stanford detailed for the magistrate how Ranger met Maurer on the gay hook-up website, Grindr, how the three suspects came to Ann Arbor from the Downriver area to drink, smoke marijuana and engage in sexual activity with Maurer that night only to leave the 71-year-old face down dead in his own couch.

The three suspects, who identified themselves as homeless to Stanford, used Maurer’s credit cards and cash in the ensuing days for necessities.

Maurer had been dead for several days before his body was found on December 1. For several days there was thought to be no foul play involved, but the manager reviewing tapes of the Lurie Terrace apartment complex spotted the three men entering it with Maurer.

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  1. what a horrible way to go.

    Posted by: whatthefuck | Dec 19, 2013 8:17:06 PM

  2. Horrible, but I daresay it's not unexpected for something like this to happen. Did he really think 3 20-somethings were hot to trot for a random 70 year-old who lives in a working class senior housing complex? "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is." Not that they are anything to write home about anyhow. Sheesh gramps, just blow your last wad (no pun intended) on a trip to Amsterdam to get a legal male prostitute.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Dec 19, 2013 8:53:56 PM

  3. Grindr is a horrible, disgusting app.

    Posted by: stu | Dec 19, 2013 9:00:16 PM

  4. One life ended and three more utterly destroyed.

    And, WE get to pay the financial tab for decades.

    Is it just me, or does everything about the way we handle joblessness, homelessness and crime seem insane, evil, corrupt and unsustainable ?

    Posted by: My Heart Hurts | Dec 19, 2013 9:29:31 PM

  5. Even at 41 I wouldn't begin to think about letting 3 homeless strangers half my age into my home to get drunk and high, then think it was going to work out well.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 19, 2013 9:46:04 PM

  6. Its a sad but not unique story. Old gay men hooking up with dangerous young guys for sex. In my neighborhood I have often seen old gray haired men meeting up with young hustlers on the street and going off with them. Almost all of the hustlers are drug addicts and they have sex with these old men to get money for drugs. I have heard of a few cases where old guys have been mugged and robbed. I haven't heard of any murders yet.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 19, 2013 9:56:02 PM

  7. 71 years old and on Grindr.. Please tell me it doesn't come to that.. Ugh. This poor man had to be lonely as hell. Such sad ending.

    Posted by: greg | Dec 19, 2013 10:00:39 PM

  8. Greg: you're bumming me out, man...

    Posted by: topher | Dec 19, 2013 10:06:24 PM

  9. Greg: you're bumming me out, man...

    Posted by: topher | Dec 19, 2013 10:06:24 PM

  10. Two of them look like part of the Peacock family from the Xfile's episode 'home'.

    Posted by: FAEN | Dec 19, 2013 10:07:45 PM

  11. But...but.....Grindr helps you find men that you can discuss Descartes' philosophy and the novels of Dostoevsky and whether Beethoven or Mozart was a better composer, the CEO told me so!


    Posted by: Henry Holland | Dec 19, 2013 10:14:40 PM

  12. Chinless, 2minute and doinks

    Up the river you go !

    Posted by: Me? I'mALWAYSRIGHT | Dec 19, 2013 10:14:40 PM

  13. Sad for the victim, but not surprised he's a 71 year old. After all, he did fall for and get murdered by three of the ugliest young guys Michigan has to offer (judging by the pic posted). Those guys need to fry.

    Posted by: William | Dec 19, 2013 10:51:03 PM

  14. Grandpa was into authentic rough trade. No shock or surprises here.


    Strange guys of any age, especially homeless, coming over to your place to "party" is kinda asking for it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 19, 2013 11:36:49 PM

  15. Phone apps don't kill people. At least he wasn't found with an onyx dildo like sal mineo. It's called rough for a reason.

    Posted by: stevetalbert | Dec 20, 2013 12:23:17 AM

  16. He was tech savvy. Same could have occurred picking up a guy in a bar. He obviously likes the "straight" unavailable type. I don't think that means he was lonely and depressed. It just means he likes rough trade. It's a type for a reason.

    Posted by: Kissyfur | Dec 20, 2013 12:52:50 AM

  17. The suspects, especially the first and third suspects, look "inbred" for sure.

    Posted by: elg | Dec 20, 2013 1:39:02 AM

  18. STEVENTALBERT: You are misinformed about the death of Sal Mineo. He wasn't found with a "onyx dildo." Nor was his murder the result of any homosexual rough trade encounter. Sal was stabbed to death in the alley behind his apartment building by Lionel Williams, when he was returning home from a rehearsal. It was a robbery attempt in which Sal was stabbed once right in the heart. Lionel was thought to have been responsible for a string of robberies in the LA area. It was believed that he was also responsible for the death of a woman in a robbery but was never charged with that crime. He was convicted in the Mineo case and sentenced to 50+ years.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 20, 2013 2:48:18 AM

  19. Those 3 murderers look like they came from the bottom of the gene pool. Seriously, who would hook up with guys that ugly? The guy that got killed is better looking than all of them and he's 71!

    Posted by: danswon | Dec 20, 2013 3:04:30 AM

  20. @Greg - Really? Hate to tell you this but many gay men end up alone. why, because gay men are far more fickle than women and want perfection instead of substance. That being said, the three of those guys put together look like they couldn't spell STUPID!

    Posted by: ReHashed Crap | Dec 20, 2013 5:01:19 AM

  21. thank you albert for setting the record straight on sal mineo. the sleazy press was particularly vicious with him, because there was no one to speak up for him. one of the few people alive who could, don johnson has remained silent about his relationship with mineo all these years. i wish he would get it on paper before he croaks too. mineo took him off the streets and got him started acting.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Dec 20, 2013 5:14:58 AM

  22. The man was held in a chokehold, so he must have had marks on him, no? And yet the authorities initially suspected no foul play?? I'm glad they eventually got the murdering P.O.S., but this does not speak well to the intuition of the police.

    I'm going to file this story under 'More Reasons I'm Not on Grindr.'

    While I'm doing that, let's all take a moment to thank Joel Simkhai for really encouraging our community to work on our hygiene and generally be less disgusting. Good on you, Joel!

    Posted by: Lars | Dec 20, 2013 9:01:03 AM

  23. Disgusting but at least they were well groomed, thanks to Grindr.

    Posted by: optimist | Dec 20, 2013 9:30:19 AM

  24. Note that one of them apparently has the legal name of Rikky Ranger. Yes, with that spelling.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 20, 2013 11:43:40 AM

  25. Sad event..and also sad..3 'homeless' men with a pad or cell phone in which they can connect to grinder?? Seriously..does homeless even mean what it implies anymore?
    I have purchased foreclosed homes..and a couple things that keep occurring when I go through the homes are that most of these people have full cable, multiple televisions, smart phones, and actually quite nice cars..but yet no one can pay for the house..

    Posted by: rocko | Dec 20, 2013 12:01:07 PM

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