escaped police custody handcuffed to a drag queen named Blond Frankie
July 13, 2012 12:12 AM Subscribe
posted by MartinWisse (19 comments total)
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"Though now almost forgotten, the case of “the Chickens and the Bulls” as the NYPD called it
(or “Operation Homex,” to the FBI), still stands as the most far-flung, most organized, and most brazen example of homosexual extortion in the nation’s history. And while the Stonewall riot in June 1969 is considered by many to be the pivotal moment in gay civil rights, this case represents an important crux too, marking the first time that the law enforcement establishment actually worked on behalf of victimized gay men, instead of locking them up or shrugging."
William McGowan writes in Slate
about how a routine arrest of a chickenhawk led to parallel investigations by the NYPD and the FBI into perhaps the largest blackmail and extortion ring of gay men ever uncovered. Dozens of prominent men -- senators, admirals, pop singers -- were blackmailed by gangsters posing as cops, threatened with exposure at a time when open homosexuality was still largely criminal. It caused at least one suicide and ruined several marriages, but there is a happy ending of sorts as one of the blackmailers, Edward “Skull” Murphy, transformed himself into a thoroughly respected gay activist in his later life.