Usually stories are not entirely black and white, but this is a case where the truth is either entirely black or entirely white but nowhere to be found in-between. Meet Aimee Whitchurch (left), who along with her long-time lesbian lover Christel Conklin (right) have a terrible story to tell, but one that the authorities who are handling their hate crime investigation do not believe.
This lesbian couple live in a rigid condominium community in Parker, Colorado. You know the type. The kind that tell you what kind of signs can appear in your front lawn, what color to paint your mailbox, and how long the leashes must be when you walk your dog. For their Homeowners Association, everybody is everybody else’s business. And that is where our story begins.
They moved into their new home only six months ago and quickly became the focus of gossip among their neighbors, unnecessary friction, and harassment as well. First their car was keyed. Then the homeowners association accused the couple of not attending to the doo-doo of their large dogs, whom they dutifully walk around the neighborhood each day like responsible pet owners. And yes, in a deep recession this is what neighbors worry about in such places.
Christel Conklin (photos below) has responded to those allegations with some level of sarcasm: “It ridiculous. We have a Mastiff and a Great-Dane, two of the largest breed dogs, if we didn’t pick up after them this entire place would be covered. It’s completely invalid. That’s just common sense.”
But the friction was only beginning to build, and then something really terrible was reported by Whitchurch and her partner. One day their garage door was painted red with graffiti that shockingly read “Kill the gay.” A bulls-eye was painted on their door and a hangman’s noose left on their front step. You can see the pictures in the gallery and read the original reporting here.
Conklin and Whitchurch reported the anti-lesbian hate-crime and their story was quickly picked up in the local media. The gay and lesbian anti-defamation league got involved. So did the police, and later the FBI. The authorities now say that their story was made up, mostly based on the report taken from a key eye-witness. Read what law enforcement is saying here.
A drug-addict who the women had kindheartedly taken into their home reported that the girls had planned the crime themselves and carried it out with their own hands. Police believed the bum over the lesbians, and now a warrant has been issued for their arrest. And you thought the days of blaming the victims was over in America, but not so in the far-too-waspy and oh-so-straight neighborhoods in Parker, Colorado.
Aimee Whitchurch cannot believe what is happening. She explained to local media “There was someone who was staying with us for a little bit of a while. She told a bunch of lies about us. It’s a [case of] betrayal. This is a government that was supposed to protect us.”
Whitchurch is currently pursuing an MBA degree with an emphasis in project management at the Jones International school in Centennial, Colorado, where she has worked the last five years as an admissions counselor. She is a local girl, having graduated from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Aimee is 37 years old, the elder of the couple by eight years. You can find her Facebook page where she has directly confronted the issue here.
Christel Conklin is 29 years old and is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated high school there in 2001. Christel is the cutie who likes to wear hats and show off her tasteful tattoos and sexy tongue piercing. She loves to dance, is great with kids, and is a loyal partner. Her Facebook page can be found here.
Now we want to hear what our readers have to say. Of course, we cannot know the truth about their claims but really people, who in the world would fake a hate crime?
Video Report on the Lesbian Hate Crime