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Panic: A Deeper Dive

Eight Transgender Women Murdered: Unsolved

The murders of transgender women of color are alarmingly high once again this year. Frequently, transgender murders go unsolved. Here are eight transgender women of color whose murders remain unsolved. Courtney Eshay Key, Tyianna Alexander, Bianca “Muffin” Bankz, Keeva Scatter, Iris Santos, Nedra Sequence Morris, Duval Princess, and Kitty Moore were all murdered by gun violence between 2020 and 2022.

According to the HRC Foundation’s “Dismantling a Culture of Violence” report anti-transgender stigma, denial of opportunity, and increased risk factors compound to create a culture of violence. One of the things that shocked me in putting this piece together is how many of these victims are misgendered in local police statements and media reports. Aside from being deeply disrespectful, on. a practical level misidentification can delay investigation efforts. I know it can sometimes seems impossible to know how to show support particularly when violence is involved.

While there are concrete steps to take, see below, I think one of the very first steps is to be aware of the reality on the ground. I will return to these murders and other murders of transgender and non-gender-conforming people. My love and condolences go out to the families and loved ones of the people in this story and all the human beings whose only crime is living the truth of their lives.

Resources: Advocacy and a safe space in Chicago:

Keeva Scatter’s case: Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

Iris Santos Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at or through the Crime Stoppers app.

Nedra Sequence Morris Miami Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS

Duval Princess Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-TIPS Kitty Moore North Port Police Department, North Port Florida

Courtney Eshay Key

Tyianna Alexander

Bianca “Muffin” Bankz Albany Police Department at 229-431-2100 or Crime Stoppers at 229-436-TIPS.


Five Gays to Make You Proud

In addition to covering crimes committed against gay people, I wanted to also celebrate LGBTQ+ people who are inspirational. One of the byproducts of homophobia is silence, in that silence is the lives of people, some in the closet, who make enormous contributions. In this episode, five gay men you should know about.

The musician Billy Strayhorn, Tomatsu Yato and his stunning photography of Japanese men, Sadao Hasegawa and his bravura graphic art that put Asian men in the center of an erotic frame, fashion designer Willi Smith revolutionized fashion, and sculpture Richard Barthe’. Love and inspiration. Happy Pride!

“Take the ‘A’ Train” was composed in 1939, after Ellington offered Strayhorn a job in his organization and gave him money to travel from Pittsburgh to New York City. Ellington wrote directions for Strayhorn to get to his house by subway, directions that began, “Take the A Train”. Strayhorn was a great fan of Fletcher Henderson’s arrangements. “One day, I was thinking about his style, the way he wrote for trumpets, trombones and saxophones, and I thought I would try something like that,” Strayhorn recalled in Stanley Dance‘s The World Of Duke Ellington.

This piece was recorded in the first of two concert performances of Duke Ellington’s Concert of Sacred Music at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City, on December 26, 1965. According to Horne this was Strayhorn’s last public performance.

A Flower is. Lovesome Thing is one of the most sumptuous songs ever. Here Horne performers the Strayhorn composition with an arrangement by your husband and arranger Lennie Hayton.

Tamotsu Yato was a self taught photographer his three books Young Samurai: Bodybuilders of Japan (1967), Naked festival: A Photo-Essay (1969), and Otoko: Photo-Studies of the Young Japanese Male (1972) are still available and more than worth hunting down.

From the book Otoko. Yato’s images are often called homoerotic but I think they are fine works of photographic art.

Yukio Mishima from Young Samurai: Bodybuilders of Japan (1967). Mishima introduced Yato’s work to the world writing the forward for several of Yato’s books.

A photo from Naked Festival. Yato wanted to document these ancient Japanese rituals that continue to this day.

Sadao Hasegawa was also self-taught but he taught himself to work in many graphic mediums.

Both of these books are available today.

Barthe’ with his matinee-idol looks worked in a classical sculptural form. Many of his work is of male nudes at the time, the 1940s nudity was a bit frowned upon, especially in the black community.

The Satyr

Willi Smith

Here’s a link to a phenomenal site put together by the Cooper Hewitt Museum in its tribute to Willi Smith.


Graveyard Love: The Murder of Jamie Carroll

What interested me, in this case, is how disposable we tend to treat people who have a background of drug use and abuse. Jamie Carroll was a loved member of a family headed by his mother who was/is devasted by his loss.

The other thing is the fact that despite the parading of every single one of Jeffrey Mundt’s kinks in an effort to prejudice the jury it didn’t seem to work. The third thing is though this murder is particular to the individuals involved it does highlight the epidemic of “partying” drugs and their abuse among a certain group of gay men. While it would be wrong to make it seem like every gay man is doing drugs with sex it is a problem. Resulting in higher rates of HIV infection and other STDs and higher rates of sexual assault.

The other aspect of this murder is the issue of same-sex domestic violence. In this case, there was evidence that there was no domestic violence even though Mundt used the claim to raise the alarm to get the police to his house. Same-sex domestic violence is underreported so any opportunity to offer resources for help I’m takin em.

On the more shallow side of things, this case is mindboggling. How much did drug use affect Mundt’s decision to call the police knowing there was a dead man no one was looking for buried in his basement?

Why???? Was it to get at Banis, to punish him? We’ll never really know.

Love to know what you think.

Here’s a newspaper article about Banis’s time on the stand.

Here’s Jaime Carroll as his stage persona Ronica Reed. He fashioned her after the real high-school prom queen. When told about his invention the real Ms. Reed loved it.

A Dark Room in Glitter Ball City: Murder, Secrets, and Scandal in Old Louisville by David Dominé was helpful in researching this case.

Click the link above to read the appeal and the dismissal made by Joseph Banis mid-trial.

Here’s the link to part one of the two-parter A&E/Amazon video that I refer to in the episode.

The house where the murder occurred is in the historic section of old Louisville, Ky, and has a storied history of violence. It’s also up for sale. Here’s the Zillow link.