Robert Thibeault who ran gay clubs since the 1960s in Providence, RI has died as reported by the Providence Journal: "'They refer to me as the godfather of the gay life in Providence,' he said with a smile in a 2008 interview."
A 21-year-old gay inmate at the federal prison in Florence, CO has brought a lawsuit against the Bureau of Prisons after correctional officers put him in the same cell as William Mexican, a degenerate member from American Indian prison gang called The Boys, who "repeatedly beat and raped" him as reported by The Denver Post:
Mexican admitted he assaulted the victim because he didn't want fellow inmates to think he "condoned homosexuality," the lawsuit says. Mexican was indicted in federal court in March of 2015 on charges of sexual abuse by force or violence and assault resulting in serious injury, the lawsuit says. He later pleaded guilty to the assault charge.
The unnamed victim's lawsuit alleges that correctional officers specifically knew about the threat he faced from William Mexican, and was told they "didn't give an (expletive) about doing safety checks before assigning cellmates."
[A]s he fiddled with the lock on the front gates of his palatial, art deco mansion, a stranger in a white shirt and grey shorts approached -- and gunned [Versace] down with two close-range shots to the head and neck. The killer then walked away calmly and climbed into a waiting car. * * * Bizarrely, a dead turtle dove was found beside Versace's blood-splattered body, which some speculated could be a professional killer's calling card.
The book Metastasi by investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi contains allegations -- extensively detailed in the Daily Mail article -- from two former "high-ranking mob hitmen, Giuseppe Di Bella and Filippo Barecca" who "have independently claimed that Cunanan was framed for the murder -- and that Versace was killed by the mafia," and "they also confirmed that the dead turtle dove beside Versace's body was indeed a calling card from his enemies."
Versace's surviving kin vehemently deny the allegations; however, Italian authorities have opened an investigation based on the previously-established credibility of the mobsters-turned-informers: "while it may be tempting to dismiss their testimony as far fetched, the two men are regarded as highly reliable by prosecutors and anti-Mafia investigators, who have relied on information provided by them to secure mob convictions for a series of murder cases, including that of a judge and the former head of the Italian State Railways."
Frank Monte, a private investigator who previously worked for Gianni Versace, similarly "says the mafia hired a hit man to carry out the shooting with the help of local nightclub owners and drug dealers," and "he believes Andrew Cunanan -- the man whom police believe carried out the murder was a 'patsy' or fall guy."
According to FBI documents Andrew Cunanan launched his five victim killing spree as revenge "against anyone who could have given him AIDS" as reported by Chuck Goudie for WLS: "although never tested, Cunanan thought he might have AIDS in the late spring and summer of 1997 because of his lifestyle and told friends he was going to kill those with whom he had unprotected sex." Of course, the Versace murder does not comport with the revenge MO since there is no evidence that Cunanan previously had met -- let alone banged -- the fashion designer.
Here's one you may have overlooked. The Mafia and the Gays is a surprising but essential history of the mob's control over New York's gay club scene well into the 1980s. Crawford's book brings to light the intertwined stories of the LGBTQ community and the gangsters who operated once-illicit bathhouses, or who offered gay businesses protection from the police pre-Stonewall while hijacking gay liberation to serve the ends of families like the Genovese, who controlled the famous Haymarket.
Other titles on the list include Five Families by Selwyn Raab and Donnie Brasco by Joe Pistone. I'm so thrilled; how about that!