Nadine Smith

Haunting Words

Filed By Nadine Smith | December 11, 2009 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: capital punishment, Life imprisonment, murder, Prison, Ryan Skipper

In 2007, Ryan Skipper was stabbed to death in Central Florida because he was gay . In 2009, two men were found guilty in separate trials of butchering Ryan, and were sentenced to life terms in state prison. Prosecutor Cass Castillo and Circuit Judge J. Michael Hunter powerfully and explicitly stated in a Bartow courtroom that Ryan Skipper was murdered because he was gay.

Please share this video. It is time for us to compel our elected and community leaders to speak out as anti-hate crimes in Florida continue to increase in the most violent categories.

(Produced by Vicki Nantz; more info at www.RyanSkipperDocumentary.com.)


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Sobering, and even inspiring enough that this video is available for 'us' to view... But the real goal is to get this video played to congregations of Evangelicals who hate us, and school boards who block anti-bullying programs in their schools. Maybe then, our movement can tally some true progress in this arena?

Sobering, and even inspiring enough that this video is available for 'us' to view... But the real goal is to get this video played to congregations of Evangelicals who hate us, and school boards who block anti-bullying programs in their schools. Maybe then, our movement can tally some true progress in this arena?

It is frightening to think of predators like this out there. But the more that the public gets to see the true consequences of homophobia, the better we will be able to combat it. Thank you for posting this chilling reminder.

Nadine Smith Nadine Smith | December 14, 2009 3:21 AM

Thanks. Vicki Nantz,who made the video, certainly hoped others would use it to draw attention to the growing reality of brutal, anti-LGBT hate violence in Florida

Nadine Smith Nadine Smith | December 14, 2009 3:18 AM

@Jim-I hope you will use this video in precisely that way. Please send it out via your network and encourage others to do the same.
Even as this court case ends, another one is unfolding in Florida in the case of a neo-nazi accused of murdering a gay teen and attempting to murder a woman who's son was friends with the teen.

Here's an excerpt from the St. Petersburg Times article on the judge declaring a mistrial with a 10-2 hung jury.

QUOTE: Perhaps the most damning evidence was a card he sent to King's father that said, "I hope your Christmas is full of memories of your dead gay son. Merry f------ Christmas."

Nadine Smith Nadine Smith | December 14, 2009 3:18 AM

@Jim-I hope you will use this video in precisely that way. Please send it out via your network and encourage others to do the same.
Even as this court case ends, another one is unfolding in Florida in the case of a neo-nazi accused of murdering a gay teen and attempting to murder a woman who's son was friends with the teen.

Here's an excerpt from the St. Petersburg Times article on the judge declaring a mistrial with a 10-2 hung jury.

QUOTE: Perhaps the most damning evidence was a card he sent to King's father that said, "I hope your Christmas is full of memories of your dead gay son. Merry f------ Christmas."