Lesbian Couple Charged With Staging Hate Crime
By Alyssa Newcomb
May 19, 2012
A lesbian couple who claimed they were victims of a hate crime have been arrested after police determined they staged the incidents.
On Oct. 28, Aimee Whitchurch, 37, and Christel Conklin, 29, called police and reported the words “Kill the Gay” were scrawled in red spray paint on the garage door of their Parker, Colo., home.
The next day, the couple told deputies they found a noose hanging on the handle of their front door.
The women told officers they believed the incidents were retaliation from their neighbors and homeowner’s association, who had complained the couple did not pick up after their dogs.
Due to the nature of the crimes, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office worked in tandem with the FBI to investigate. After reviewing witness statements, authorities determined Whitchurch and Conklin had staged the incidents.
(Partisan Ranger Note: I think that things like this happen quite a lot. In the 1990s there was a rash of arson at black churches in throughout the South. The press whipped the public into a frenzy over the fires and cries of “the specter of Southern racism” was heard. Come to find out–and this wasn’t widely covered–the fires were set by black people. We need to repeal hate crimes legislation which is nothing more than thought crimes anyway.)