Monday, March 09, 2009
The Lost Boys and the Summer of '67
They were murdered 42 years ago. When they found them they were just skeletons. It took police 40 years to reconstruct their faces. They were lost for so long.
But at least now we know their names. One was Eric.
And the other was Richard.
And that they were probably both murdered by a serial killer who was targeting young gay men.
The murders have similarities to other cases in the summer of '67, when two young men were picked up in downtown Toronto's gay neighbourhood, then taken to rural areas and attacked.
A fact that wasn't mentioned in any of today's media reports, and one that makes me wonder how hard police tried to catch this serial killer back in the summer of '67. When Expo was getting underway, Canadians were happy and optimistic, Lulu was tearing up the charts.
Whoever she was.
And homosexuality was illegal. Gay men were being busted in their own homes, and beaten by police, and even jailed as dangerous offenders.
So why would the police do anything to help gay people when they considered them CRIMINALS? And so did so many other Canadians.
Eric and Richard probably had no chance for justice.
You know when I hear older gay guys going on about how the gay youth of today is ungrateful, spoiled, shallow, and stoopid, I sometimes get annoyed. Extremely annoyed.
But when I think about the Canada they had to live in.
I always forgive them....
UPDATE: Or did the police catch the killer and not make the connection?
Will the Lost Boys get justice at last?