Nebraska trangender man Brandon Teena (born Teena Brandon) was raped by John Lotter and Tom Nissen in 1993. When he went to report the rape to police, he was met by intense grilling from Sheriff Charles Laux, who refused to prosecute the men due to lack of evidence despite Teena’s testimony. Several days later, Teena was murdered, along with two others, by Nissen and Lotter.
On January 21, 1958, Charles Starkweather was kicked out of his apartment for nonpayment of rent. He went to his girlfriend Caril’s house, where he was told to stop hanging around. Charles killed Caril’s whole family. Instead of turning him in, the faithful Caril stayed with him and the duo embarked on a violent crime spree.
In a video titled “Chick Bank Robber,” 19-year-old Hannah Sabata of York, Neb. brags, “My new car is shiny. Of course I took the plates off already.” That’s a nice precaution to take after stealing a Pontiac Grand Am, but posting a Youtube video about it is probably not the greatest move.
Western Nebraska man Larry Spurling, 50, of Melbeta, was arrested on September 30, after police received a call from his wife saying that he had pushed her down and smushed a sandwich in her face.
On September 18, 1983, Danny Joe Eberle, 13, failed to return home from his job delivering papers. Investigators followed the trail to a young enlisted man, a budding serial killer of boys.
Police have completed their investigation and are calling the reported July 21, 2012, hate-based attack on Lincoln, Neb., woman Charlie K. Rogers, 33, a staged incident.
A gay woman was held captive and tortured, her home vandalized and a derogatory word for lesbian painted inside, before it was set on fire. Police are treating the incident like a hate crime.