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Jamaican Police Deny Murder was Gay Hate Crime

Timothy Kincaid

September 14th, 2009

When Honorary British Consul in Jamaica John Terry was murdered in Montego Bay, his naked body was accompanied by a note that said, “This is what will happen to ALL gays.” But this was not reported in the Jamaican media.

Now Jamaican police, responding to the word getting out from British and other media sources, have “ruled out” homophobia as a cause for Terry’s murder.

local police say nothing in their investigation is consistent with that theory and have asked the media to desist from reporting this misleading information.

Somehow it seems to me as though the police are far more concerned with the reputation of their country than they are about the crimes committed against gay residents.

Meanwhile Jamaican media are still downplaying the possibility of anti-gay animus as the cause of the crime. I’ve not found any reference to the note, and the Jamaica Gleaner is serving up additional bias by misstating British coverage:

Questions have swirled in British media that Terry, 65, was a homosexual who was probably killed by a lover.

Perhaps time will reveal that this is not an anti-gay murder. But it appears at this time as though Jamaican police and media are seeking to cover up facts rather than solve this crime.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: If you are gay or if someone may mistakenly guess that you are gay, you are not safe to visit Jamaica. You may be subjected to violence – or even murdered – and the Jamaican police probably will not come to your aid.

If you know of anyone who is planning on visiting this cauldron of hatred and violence, please give them warning. Jamaica is not safe for tourism.

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Penguinsaur
September 14th, 2009 | LINK

Thats some amazing detective work there:

“hmm, what could be the motive for this crime?”
“Umm, the note on his chest saying its because he was gay?”
“STOP SPREADING WILD RUMORS!”

Tom in Lazybrook
September 14th, 2009 | LINK

Please note that Mr Terry was responsible for helping tourists when they got in trouble in the ‘safest’ (relative term) in Jamaica.

And he was murdered. That should speak volumes about how ‘safe’ Jamaica is

Richard W. Fitch
September 14th, 2009 | LINK

MCC Statement Re: the killing of John Terry in Jamaica

This is a statement by the national moderator of MCC and an appeal to send email to the Prime Minister of a Jamaica regarding the manner in which the murder is being investigated.

donna
September 23rd, 2009 | LINK

I am a Jamaican, and Mr. terry is very dear to me. He was very kind and helpful to locals and foreigners. Jamaicans are 90% anti-gay. The government and police need to stop covering up the truth,and bring to justice the animal that killed Mr. Terry. I will not re-visit Jamaica again nor will i recommend anyone to visit. It’s not safe in general. Mr. Terry has the right to live his life the way he chooses. God should be the judge of him, not mankind. Mr. Terry played an important part in my education. I love him, and may God bless him. I am devastated. I am not gay.

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