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Pakistani Serial Killer of Gay Men Claimed He Was Stopping The Spread Of Evil

A confessed serial killer has been jailed in Pakistan.

Muhammed Ejaz killed three men, all of them gay, because "they were spreading evil in society and I had to stop it."

Ejaz seems to have committed the murders by luring the men into an encounter, having sex, sedating them, and then breaking their necks, actions he now regrets, saying, "My way was wrong." He still justified his behavior and hatred by claiming, "They are spreading evil and transmitting diseases. They cannot control themselves." His hatred for homosexuals appears to stem from severe internalized homophobia and self-hatred, traumas that were induced at the age of 10 when he was sexually abused by an older boy.

The NYT adds:

He is expected to face full charges in the coming days.

Speculation about the murders had been coursing through gay circles in Lahore since mid-March, when the first killing took place. “People are quite frightened,” said one gay man, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the law against homosexuality. “They feel both violated and exposed.”

Another man said there was speculation that the victims had been picked up on Grindr, another popular social networking website. “Some of my friends deleted their profiles because they were worried,” he said.

Mr. Ejaz denied police claims that he had had sex with his victims before killing them, claiming instead that sexual abuse he had suffered as a teenager had driven him to act.

There is now concern among the very closeted gay community of Pakistan that Ejaz's actions will be praised by conservative Muslims in the region, and an even greater fear that someone might be inspired to continue his murders.

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  1. The good old religion of peace!

    Posted by: Carmelo | Apr 29, 2014 11:39:27 AM

  2. Ahhh, murder in the name of religion on those who harm no one. Granted not all heterosexuals are this way, but if one were to congregate them with a single mindset it would be: Heterosexuality-the orientation of violence and no understanding of real love.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Apr 29, 2014 11:45:14 AM

  3. Stop and think of how many human lives have been taken because of religion. And someones god would be happy about this?

    Posted by: Jaysonn | Apr 29, 2014 12:09:22 PM

  4. and Grindr

    Posted by: Andy | Apr 29, 2014 12:14:40 PM

  5. Oh, come on, Mark. You've got a whole chapter in the New Testament written in your honor.

    Religion has been used to commit great EVIL, and it has been used to survive great EVIL.

    Without religious faith Africans would have never survived slavery, Jews (and Catholics/Gypsies/Gays) would have never survived the Holocaust, Armenians would have never survived the genocide perpetrated on them by the Turks, etc, etc, etc...

    And guess what--there are Christians who love Jesus but DO NOT love the Bible nor organized churches. Figure that one out.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 29, 2014 12:35:55 PM

  6. Golly...I hope he didn't kill that cute guy I used to fool around with in college. He tasted like curry.

    Posted by: Myackie | Apr 29, 2014 12:38:20 PM

  7. OK, if my comment seems bizarre it's because it was meant for the other article about the Christian college's religious fascism. But I guess it fits here also.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 29, 2014 12:45:38 PM

  8. Yes, the very best way to stop the evil homosexuality is to have sex with game.

    Posted by: Ra du | Apr 29, 2014 12:57:19 PM

  9. "Ejaz seems to have committed the murders by luring the men into an encounter, having sex, sedating them, and then breaking their necks, actions he now regrets, saying, "My way was wrong.""

    So, he had *sex* with them, *then* killed them? I've heard of being on the "DL", but killing the other guy so he can't out you is a bit extreme...

    Posted by: MikeKV | Apr 29, 2014 1:55:49 PM

  10. Nice try, @DERRICK, but religion doesn't get to take credit for people's innate biological drive to survive. Nonbelievers have the same drive. Not to mention, millions did NOT survive slavery and genocide, despite being religious.

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 29, 2014 1:56:39 PM

  11. So, according to that idiot, consensual sex between people of the same gender was "evil", but murder was okey-dokey?

    F*ck him, his mother, and the horse she forincated with to produce him.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Apr 29, 2014 3:50:12 PM

  12. And he does look scary with that blanket on his head...

    Posted by: jarago | Apr 29, 2014 4:47:08 PM

  13. Why is he hiding his face? Isn't he a Pakistani hero? Isn't he a leader of the hetero supremacist fascist movement/revolution? Isn't he doing god's work and fighting the good fight? Aren't the Muslims, Christians, and Some Jews totally into it?

    consensual sex=bad

    Maybe they can put that on the head-float of the straight pride parade!

    Posted by: Transformed. | Apr 29, 2014 8:28:29 PM

  14. @Transformed :

    has one example of why this guy's face might be covered - to hide the evidence if a confession had been beaten out of him (it is just an article with no pictures). is more graphic.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 30, 2014 2:28:45 AM

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