brutal beating and murder of gay student Matthew Shephard made national headlines
around the world. This case is just as horrific and gruesome but has received
little to no media attention with the exception of ‘America’s Most Wanted.’
Why isn’t law enforcement warning the gay community that there may be a brutal
serial killer among their midst who is targeting gay men via the internet and
through telephone chat lines?
Brazell, 19, (pictured above) was gay; he was also an aspiring web designer
and fashion model. He worked four jobs and lived at home with his mother.
Whenever he left the house, he was always dressed in a sports coat and
slacks. He was well liked by his neighbors and friends. He also
took his mother out to lunch at least once a week and they rented movies.
February 14th, 2005 (Valentine’s Day), Rashawn was going to go file his taxes.
At 7:30 that morning, an unknown person
rang the apartment building's security buzzer and Rashawn went down to meet
them. According to witnesses, Rashawn met a man outside his Brooklyn,
New York apartment and the two men entered the subway together at the Gates
Avenue J Line. What stood out as strange, the man wore a hooded type of
jacket, as if he was disguising his appearance. Witnesses believe the
two exited at the Nostrand Avenue A Line in Bedford Stuyvesant a short time
later. Rashawn was never seen alive again.
was reported missing that day. Three days later, a bag of body parts were
found in a Brooklyn subway. One of the severed hands was fingerprinted and Rashawn
was identified as the victim. Two days later, a second bag containing
a hacked-off torso was discovered in a Brooklyn industrial zone. DNA confirmed
that the torso belonged to Rashawn Brazell.
Medical Examiner believes that Rashawn was kept alive for two days before being
killed. He may have been tortured.
killer carefully traced the body with a sharp instrument before cutting it apart
with an electric chain saw. Every cut was clean and on joint, indicating the
killer had knowledge of human anatomy.
interviewing Rashawn’s friends, the police learned that Rashawn had made arrangements
to meet a man and the two men were planning to go away for a few days.
theorize that Rashawn may have met his killer on a telephone chat line or on
the Internet. They ruled out the Internet after they realized that Rashawn’s
computer was broken. A detective said, “If he met the guy, this guy is
victim’s mother told the New York Times, she was unaware that her son had a
boyfriend and that he in fact had girlfriends. As for a motive why someone
would murder he son, she said, “The only thing I can think of is hate and jealousy,”
adding, “He has been envied.”
profiler believes the killer comes from an extremely violent background and
has killed before.
head has never been found; there is speculation that the killer kept his head
as a trophy.
Maria and daughter
*Again, we have another
brutal and gruesome crime that involves an mother and daughter. This case
received little to no media attention as well. These murders were extremely
horrific and senseless.
Esperanza Hernandez and her daughter Maria del Carmen Hernandez lived in Fremont,
Calif.; an east bay suburb outside of San Francisco.
women were hardworking and friendly. They occupied a modest home and mostly
kept to themselves.
Esperanza Hernandez (the mother) worked at the laundry room of the Fremont Care
February 1st, Maria missed her ride to work. At 2:30 a.m. in the morning,
her 19-year old daughter, decided to accompany her on the long walk to work
for safety reasons.
women were unable to obtain a driver’s license due to their undocumented status.
daughter stayed on the cell phone with a relative while she walked her mother
several minutes, in a frantic voice, she told the relative that she heard footsteps;
someone was following them.
relative then heard screaming and the line went dead.
approximately 5 a.m. in the morning, residents were awaken by the blood curling
screams from the mother and daughter who were being clubbed to death in the
middle of the street by an unknown assailant.
resident was able to come out of his home in time to observe a white youth in
his twenties standing over the dead bodies.
resident shouted, ‘What are you doing?’ The youth dropped the club and ran.
witness also observed a car with three men inside.
car sped away, turning its lights off.
to the two bodies, the murderer left a bloody wooden club he used to bludgeon
the mother and daughter to death.
police are calling this case a possible “hate crime,” because prior complaints
indicate that white youths were harassing Mexican immigrants on a daily basis.
this the work of anti-Mexican vigilantes?
was this some type of gang initiation?
case remains unsolved.
"Gay City News" and "Aztlan Communications Network."