News Another Matthew Shepard?
posted by June 13 at 9:38 AMon
His name was Aaron Hall. On April 12 he was beaten to death in Crothersville, Indiana, because, his accused killers say, he made a pass at them.
Thirty-five-year-old, 5-foot-4, 100-pound Aaron Hall was brutally beaten on April 12 for hours by two teens who have described the murder in chilling detail to police. Each says Hall precipitated the violence by making a homosexual suggestion.
The beatings included repeated pummelings with fists and boots and dragging Hall down a wooden staircase by his feet as “his head bounced down all of the steps,” in one of the accused’s words. He died naked and alone, in a field, where he had crawled after his killers dumped his body in a roadside ditch.
Police found Hall’s body 10 days after his death wrapped in a tarp in the garage of Jackson County Deputy Coroner Terry Gray, whose son is one of the accused.
The Bloomington Alternative says this story is shouting for major media attention. Many in the blogosphere, including Towleroad and DailyKos, are saying the same. (Although, be sure to read the dissent in the Towleroad comments by “Bil Browning,” who says this story isn’t being picked up because Aaron Hall wasn’t gay.)