Bil Browning

Hate Crime: Ohio Anti-Gay Arson Kills 8 Horses

Filed By Bil Browning | April 27, 2011 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: anti-gay violence, Ohio, Zanesville

Most of our readers are aware that Bilerico Project was started when I lived in Indiana, but I was born in Zanesville, Ohio. I have several family members that still live in the area, so this terrible story hits a little close to home.

250px-OHMap-doton-McConnelsville.pngLast Sunday, McConnelsville resident Brent Whitehouse was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime when his barn was set on fire. The arson killed all eight horses in his stable - including a pregnant mare and a week-old foal. Anti-gay slurs like "Burn in Hell faggot" were painted on the side of the barn.

"The barn I can rebuild, but the bond I had with those horses can't be replaced," said Whitehouse, of 871 Richard Lane. "Whoever did this had to walk right by all those horses, including the baby, and didn't care that they were killing a gentle, loving animal."

The flames were so hot a tractor inside the barn melted, Whitehouse said. Neighbors told him they could see the flames for miles.

Shane Cartmill, spokesman for the fire marshal's office, said when firefighters arrived on the scene, they quickly decided it was a crime scene due to derogatory sayings that had been painted on the barn and barn doors prior to the fire.

A reward of $5000 has been offered to help find those responsible. Anyone with information about the fire should call the State Fire Marshal's Office at (800) 589-2728 or the Morgan County Sheriff's Office at (740) 962-4044.

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This is just absolutely heartbreaking!

Om Kalthoum | April 27, 2011 10:57 AM

This is truly a psychopath whom everyone in the community should want to catch.

I was also born in Zanesville and now live in Columbus and this story makes me so angry I want to drive up there and join the manhunt. Of all the vile things I've heard in my life, this one just guts me.

Regan DuCasse | April 27, 2011 12:52 PM



The cowardice and cruelty of the anti gay has no bottom. It's bad enough that whatever reaction gay people have to their trespassers is mocked as not valid, but the assault is being taken to the helpless and the innocent. And STILL it's mocked if we respond in pain, anger, horror and contempt! There is nothing more innocent than an animal or a child.
Children are tormented in their schools for anti gay epithet, and the animals of someone gay are killed in this manner?!
It's beyond PERVERTED.

I absolutely LOVE horses. I think they are the most magnificent and graceful things in nature. And our relationship with them, is storied and without measure.

Notice that the anti gay are NEVER up for a stand up fight, face to face. Not even in debate.
If they find the culprits, I wonder how their defense is going to spin this as being victims of this gay man?
As being victims of the horses that belonged to a gay person.
Because no matter the depth of the crime, or the innocence of the victim, it ALWAYS gets spun that the perpetrator HAD to do it.

I'm so fucking (pardon my Swedish) upset right now. Thanks for this Bil. It cannot be reported enough the depth of viciousness people are willing to perpetrate against someone gay.

And we're supposed to believe it's the more moral, and high minded and superior among us that believe harming gay people is a good thing to do?

Well, that's one way to get animal lovers as our allies. (Though most of them probaly already are). Most gays don't give a flip about animals, but for my circle of buds that's about as wicked as it gets, and I wish I could get my hands on te arsonist..

I can't even clearly pull my thoughts together. This crime transcends just an ordinary "hate crime"! It is a crime against everything that is decent and good! As a gay right advocate AND an avid animal lover (nursing two abandoned kittens back to health as I type) I am horrified at what this crimes says. The hatred of homosexuals is so deep and severe that anyone and anything in their path is to be destroyed too??!!??

Words can not describe how sad I feel about the death of such beautiful creatures, (I live in the country on 10 acres and the main reason - originally - was so that I could have horses)! If someone hurt even one of my animals like this - I know I would not be able to contain myself. They would have to arrest the individual who did this and keep them in a secret and secure place because If I ever found them I would do the exact same thing to them!!! In fact I would laugh as they screamed in agony as their cooked flesh was seared off their bones!

Sorry for that, that was out of line but I can't help it. To extend irrational hatred to innocent animals just makes me insane! I hope the individual or individuals who committed this heinous crime are caught and brought to justice - and soon!

I too would join the manhunt for this lowlife scum. I was raised on a farm along with horses and cannot imagine any human doing an awful act of this nature. Why did you kill the horses in such a horrific act? They did not do anything wrong. I would like to add $$ to the reward to see this murder get caught and brought to justice.....