As many of you know I posted in the original thread about this situation. I will admit I was one to "fall" for the lie as well. I did not "fall for
it" simply because it was reported as such a horrific attack, but more so because, hate crimes towards the Gays, Lesbians, Bi s, Transgenders, and
Transsexuals happen regularly here in Lincoln. Due to this, it helps you to understand why so many stood up for her with donations and the vigils. As
it turns out she is not my friend that I was referring to in the first reported thread although they do have the same initials.
I have been very busy as of late and had actually missed this story until a friend here on ATS sent me a U2U directing me to this thread. I then went
and brought up all the local reports and made some calls to gain a better perspective of what was going on. Basically, she was so sick and tired of
the hate crimes she decided to do something about it, as she posted on her FB page.
“I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone,” she wrote July 18. “I will be a catalyst. I will do what it
takes. I will. Watch me.”
“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.”
Instead of posting a bunch of quotes from local sources here I will simply link them at the bottom of this post. but the basics are...
She posted on her FB page as above and purchased the "supplies" from a hardware store a few blocks from here(She was identified by a store clerk
as having purchased the items), and the bar codes were identified as being purchased at that location.
She sent a picture of the cross carved into her chest to a friend 4 days prior to the event.
As shown above by Benevolent Heretic, the majority of DNA in the gloves were hers.
The cuts on her body were not only superficial, but also too straight to have occurred during a struggle showing they were either self inflicted or
done with permission.
There was no blood on the bed sheet from her being cut, then rolled over, as she reported.
And she all but admitted it in pleading "No Contest" to the charges.
The LGBT released this statement in regards to the case...
"It is important not to focus on the actions of any single individual. As residents
of Lincoln we must continue to bring our community together to declare that violence and hate are not the values of our city."
crimes devastate the very fabric of every community in Lincoln," their statement said. "They cause people to turn their heads over their shoulder in
fear. Any allegation of crime or violence motivated by hate deserves the most serious investigation by law enforcement.”
I wholeheartedly agree with their statement. With this and why she did it, shows the problem of hate crimes in this city and beyond are larger than
what is commonly known. Even the police are worried that her actions will result in less reports of these hate crimes, which is sad.
thing that we ever think when somebody ends up reporting a crime to us is that it is not the truth," said Police Chief, Jim Peschong
The community is really not saying much about this situation but their heads are hung low in disbelief that she would have done such a thing. A local
tattoo parlor made a symbol of "NO/H8", discounted it from $75 to $40 and then set aside $10 from each sale to go towards the hate crimes and raised
$500 which they still have due to holding it until the original case was complete. A recipient of one of these Tattoos said
"I was mad about
it because why would you lie about something so horrible, but I thought about it and became more okay with it because I didn't just get it just for
this girl. I got it for all hate crimes around,"
As for myself and how I feel, I think she should have been charged with more than the single misdemeanor which carries a max penalty of a year. I
would have included arson, at the very least, for misusing City resources(contrary to what the OP states, there is nothing "rural" about it. This city
has a population of over 250,000 people), and I hope this does not cause hate crime reports to not be reported. I understand her reasoning behind
doing it but I disagree with what she did. I do take offense to the above poster in the way they bashed those of us that believed and others on ATS
for the way we look at reports. We only have the information provided to make an opinion in any case and with this one specifically and living in the
city knowing what happens here it was very easy to believe the reports as given. The above poster must not believe any crime or report is factual to
have made such a negative statement about believing a reported event.
Sorry in advance for the next post but I ran out of characters to put sources in this one. Sources in next post.
edit on 22-8-2012 by Agarta because: spaced the list section and spelling