Gay Journalist Beaten
A young gay journalist living in Manhattan, Randy Gener, was found with his head bashed in on January 18th and now they are looking into whether or not it was a hate crime. The journalist is still alive, in stable condition, but can't answer questions. I would imagine he suffered enough head trauma to alter his memory as well. But that's just speculation.
When police arrived, the victim was lying in a pool of his blood with his head bashed in. According to Eyewitness News Live, a local ABC station, Gener was transported to hospital where he underwent brain surgery.
He's reported for The New York Times and New York Daily News.
You can read more here.
Living within almost equal distance between New York City and Philadelphia, I always find New York to be the safer of the two cities. But these days you just can't take anything for granted at all.
Liberace's Lover Facing Jail Time
In the past year or so a good deal was written about Scott Thorson, who was once Liberace's long term lover and the focus of an HBO film starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra. I've posted about it here.
He was sentenced to eight to 20 years in a Nevada jail yesterday (23 January) for failing a string of drug test while on probation for burglary and identity theft convictions.
My only comment is generalized. Whenever you see a very young man of limited means with a much older man of unlimited means, there's almost always a little back story and the least of it is pure love. The film, Behind the Candelabra, about Liberace and Thorson's relationship seemed to portray Liberace as the powerful, cold-hearted older lover and Thorson as the innocent young victim who was cut off without a dime when Liberace got tired of him. And now Thorson, many years later, is going to jail for some very serious offenses. Time tells all.
You can read more here. There's a photo of Thorson as he looks now. He's old now, but strikes a remarkable resemblance to Liberace, probably thanks to the plastic surgery he underwent, allegedly at Liberace's request.