ID man killed in Backpage hate crime

ID man killed in Backpage hate crime

Jayson Woods, Kelly Schneider, Daniel Henkel and Kevin Tracy

Before we even get into the story just take a look at those mugshots. Take every hick, redneck and trailer trash stereotype you can think of, roll them up in a ball and make it watch ‘Deliverance’ Clockwork Orange style while playing the ‘Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel’ theme song and smoking meth and you’ll produce these four. Don’t let their slack-jawedness fool you though. This quartet is nothing less than barbaric.

49-year-old Steven Nelson of Nampa, Idaho, seemed to be a man who had everything going for him. He was a well liked student at the University of Idaho where he graduated in 2011. He was remembered up to the time of his death by former classmates and faculty of the school. Unfortunately even the most well liked and well read people have their vices. Mr. Nelson is said to have responded to a personal ad on Backpage looking for sex. Instead of meeting up with a willing participant he met up with 22-year-old Kelly Schneider and his cohorts Jayson Woods, 28, Kevin Tracy, 21, and Daniel Henkel, 23. The foursome allegedly beat Nelson within a literal inch of his life including being kicked with steel toe boots because, of course he was. The suspects also stole Nelson’s belongings, and made him get money out of an ATM. He was able to make it to a Boise hospital and gave police a description of his attackers before succumbing to his injuries.

The four are being held without bail and are could all possibly face the death penalty. Idaho has no hate crime legislation when it comes to people being targeted for their sexual orientation.

Again, this is probably going to sound like victim blaming, but while ultimately the four violent hayseeds are responsible for Nelson’s death, no one should ever go looking for anonymous hookup sex on either craigslist or Backpage. I don’t care if you’re straight, gay, trans or whatever. When you take a risk like this the odds are too great that you’ll run into a situation like this that could see you get hurt or worse. Lead the life you want to lead but use your brain and stay safe.

Thanks to Sweet D for the tip.

UPDATE 1/28/2017: Schneider is expected to plead guilty in exchange for a 28 year sentence. The remaining three are still awaiting trial.

UPDATE 4/13/2017: Kelly Schneider has been sentenced to 28 to life.

Jayson Woods was also sentenced to 28 to life.

Do different races automatically equate to hate?

‘Bizarre’ slaying probed as possible hate crime:

FBI Investigates Alleged Shooting Death, Dragging of Black Man by White Acquaintance:

Back in 2000 when I started blogging I wasn’t crime blogging per se. I was more blogging about how media reported crimes badly. More of a media watchdog or media deconstruction blog. I haven’t done that in a while but it seems it may be time to start doing that again.

For example I’ve been wanting to post the story of the brutal murder of Anthony Hill. For those of you who haven’t heard Mr. Hill was allegedly shot and killed by co-worker 19-year-old Gregory Collins. Collins is also accused of dragging Anthony Hill’s body behind his truck for ten miles through Newberry, South Carolina. The perpetrator in this horrific crime is white while his victim was black.

The reason I’m not posting this yet is no real motive has been discussed. As far as I can determine no motive has been released yet.

However for some reason the media is jumping on the fact that this may be a ‘hate crime’. I hate to trot out the old adage but isn’t every violent crime a hate crime? Never mind that the media itself has even reported that the two knew each other and were hanging out together. No offense meant towards the family of Mr. Hill however this does not sound like Collins all of a sudden realized that Hill was black then decided to kill him because of that.

But since the accused killer is white and the victim is black the media is salivating at the fact that there may be a minute chance that this may be a hate crime. The words ‘hate crime’ have been in just about every headline about this story.

Instead of focusing on race the media should be focusing on how brutal this crime was.

Collins is a scumbag who deserves to be dragged behind a truck himself while it drives through a cactus patch and the thickest brier patch you can find before being executed. However this should not be an issue of race.

If you look for racism everywhere you will find racism everywhere.