Bernard Baran and Gay-bashing, Massachusetts style

first posted Y00125
updated Y00306
minor change y10406 updated 2006/1008

Copyright 2000, 2009 by Hugo S. Cunningham

There was nationwide shock at the torture and murder of Matthew Shepard outside Laramie WY on 7 Oct 1998. The motive, at least in part, was a "gay-bashing." In Massachusetts, various self-identified "liberals" smugly congratulated themselves on local superiority to the homophobic "Bible Belt," even though Wyoming prosecuted the murderers vigorously and effectively.

Yet Massachusetts has had an even more sinister case than Shepard's: the frameup of Bernard Baran in 1984-85. It is bad enough when private criminals vent their bigotry, but even worse when the criminals use government authority.



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