Crime and Criminology JUS-110
January 18, 2014
Sexuality and Hate Crimes
A hate crime is an act of abusing an individual because they are convenient, vulnerable targets incapable of fighting back or will not fight back. People in this category may include homeless, gay men, lesbian women, transgender, transsexuals, and transvestites. These are specific crimes that drive a person by violence or a strong and selfish desire to severely injure or kill a person because of who they are or what they stand for.
From coast to coast and throughout America’s heartland the murders of ...view middle of the document...
One male relative exposed her to repeated sexual abuse (Ramsland, n.d.).
Another victim was a 21 year old college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming on October 6-7, 1998. Two people Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson took Shepard to a remote area east of Laramie robbed him; pistol whipped him, tortured him and tied him to a rail fence. According to the doctors at the Poudre Valley Hospital he had “fractures to the back of his head; in front of his right ear, severe brainstem damage which affected his ability to regulate heartbeat, body temperature, and other vital functions. There were a dozen small lacerations around his head and face. His injuries were too severe for doctors to operate.” He remained in a coma until he died on October 12, 1998 at Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins, Colorado (Wikipedia, n.d.).
A third case was Lawrence Fobes “Larry” King, a 15 year old student at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California. On February 12, 2008, Larry was shot twice in the
back of the head, during a computer class. Brandon McInerey, age 15, was the shooter. King was an out gay student and McInerey did not like it. After shooting King,...