In El Paso, Texas, 35 years ago, Kearney with his partner Hill, entered the Riverside County sheriff’s office and confessed to a string of 21 murders. Pointing to a "Wanted" poster with their pictures on it he said, "We’re them."
Joseph Banis was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the December 2009 murder of his drug dealer and sexual rival James Carroll, who was stabbed and shot during a drug-fueled ménage à trois with Banis and his ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Mundt.
These hustlers allegedly followed their charismatic, would-be prince, Kaushal Niroula, to affinity scams, blackmail and ultimately to the murder of Clifford Lambert, who was reported missing by a friend on December 7, 2008.
When a meth-and-gay-sex binge turned violent it left one man dead. The men he’d allegedly been selling drugs to buried him in their wine cellar — but they each insist it was the other one who committed the murder.
In June, 2011, transgender woman CeCe McDonald and her friends were walking past a bar, when a group of patrons smoking outside shouted anti-gay slurs at them. A fight ensued, which left a man dead and CeCe with a deep gash on her cheek. CeCe was charged with his murder and, if found guilty at trial, faced 40 years in men’s prison. She took plea deal and continues to receive outpourings of support from the LGBT community.
The so-called “gay panic” defense has been used in trials that involve the murder or assault of a gay person by someone who acted violently in response to the victim’s alleged advances.
On April 26, 1997, Andrew Cunanan flew to Minneapolis "to finish some business." The next day his notorious killing spree, which would claim the lives of five people including famous designer Gianni Versace, began.
On April 22, 1992, on of the four teenage girls were charged with the sadistic torture and murder of 12-year-old Shanda Sharer, accepted a plea deal. In exchange for her testimony against the others, Toni Lawrence would face 6-20 years.
On April 10, 1980, William Bonin abducted and killed Steven Wood, 16, of Bellflower, California, and Lawrence Eugene Sharp, 18, of Long Beach; they were found sexually assaulted, strangled and dumped liked the others. A prosecutor once said of Bonin and his crimes, "He was impassioned about what he did. He loved it."
On March 25, 2004, a jury found Sharon Patterson and Larketa Collier guilty of brutally slaughtering Collier’s grandmother. An apparent case of love turned to murder. Two tales of gay teen couples, who killed their grandparents for interfering with their love.