In November police in Indian River County Florida responded to a call from Lakenya Bristol, who had just moved out of her girlfriend’s house after a domestic dispute. She showed the officer her personal collection of sex toys, three dildos with the “heads” cut off, and fingered her ex as the culprit. The case remains unsolved.
15-year-old Lawrence “Larry” King asked his fellow classmate, on a dare, to be his Valentine. That classmate was Brandon McInerney and a couple days later, McInerney shot King in a computer lab at school. King died. The story is rife with high-school self-consciousness and the pushing the edges of gender and behavior — it was the subject of HBO’s documentary “Valentine Road.”
A geographic breakdown of crimes fueled by one of man’s most basic emotions: Hatred.
Honor killings and attacks — a domestic crime that stems from the ancient notion that only blood can cleanse a family’s honor.
Serial killer Randy Kraft, a prosperous data processing consultant by day, preyed on teenage boys by night, leaving them dead and mutilated. Convicted of 16 murders, the true count may be closer to 67. On November 29, 1989, he was sentenced to die in San Quentin’s gas chamber.
The most notorious gangsters of London’s East End, Ronnie and Reggie Kray, former boxers known for their violent tendencies, enjoyed mingling with celebrities in their nightclub. Ronnie, a paranoid schizophrenic, was openly bisexual and was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with a member of the UK’s conservative party.
On November 18, 1994, Walter Hinton became the first victim of Gary Ray Bowles, a serial killer who cruised Florida gay bars seeking sugar daddies to exploit, rob and murder.
On November 1, 1999, Daniel Conahan was executed for a series of murder-mutilations of gay men on Florida’s Gulf Coast called the Hog Trail Murders.
On October 15, 1983, a farmer’s plow turned up skeletal remains of an unidentified murder victim in Jasper County, Indiana, southwest of Rensseler. The bones were notched by knife wounds, indicating death by stabbing. The third victim of the Highway Killer found that month. A few days later mushroom gatherers would stumble across his private graveyard.
On October 8, 1992, Bob Berdella died in prison. Active for four years, the Kansas City Butcher had raped, tortured and murdered six men, but only served only four years behind bars. Some think he was poisoned, but for lack of any evidence, cause of death is listed as natural causes.