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    GA - Tracey Thompson, aka Billy Joe Turner, 33, Wilcox County, 30 March 1999

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    Another transgender murder - April 1999

    The murder of Tracey Thompson in Wilcox County, Georgia on Tuesday, March 30 has prompted local transgender activists to declare a "state of emergency and national crisis."

    Thompson, formerly known as Billy Joe Turner, was found severely bleeding from head wounds after walking a half-mile to a farmhouse in rural Georgia from the crime scene. She was beaten with a baseball bat and later died from the wounds, but only after police conducted some initial questioning.

    Police say that Thompson identified her boyfriend as the assailant, although police have been unable to identify the boyfriend. Something of a drifter, police have had difficulties reconstructing Thompson's personal life and identifying the murderer.

    Cold Case Update: The murder of Tracey Thompson - May 2006

    Article from April 1999


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    http://www.myajc.com/news/crime--law...jfAAHYd2vAW2L/
    COLD CASE: A transgender murder in rural Georgia baffles police

    Before daybreak on March 30, 1999, Tracey Thompson stumbled up to a house in tiny Seville, Ga. and banged on the door. Bleeding from the head, she asked for water, a blanket and a place to rest. The residents called 911 and some 10 hours after Thompson arrived at a local hospital she was dead.

    Eighteen years later, her killing remains unsolved. Authorities are still searching for a break in the case which, at the time, attracted national attention because Thompson — also known as Billy Joe Turner — was transgender.
    The case in 1999 prompted transgender activists in California to declare a “state of emergency and national crisis,” according to a Bay Area Reporter article at the time. Thompson’s death marked the fifth publicly-reported murder of a transgender person that year and activists portrayed the killing as further evidence of an emerging epidemic.

    But years later, authorities say they have not found any evidence that the killing was related to Thompson being transgender.
    Thompson was from Dalton in north Georgia, although she also had lived in Miami and Ft. Meyers, Florida, Weathersby said. How she ended up in in a rural area — some 75 miles south of Macon — is unknown. But relatives and friends told authorities Thompson would visit friends and family in Florida, sometimes staying six months to a year. It wasn’t unusual for her to hitchhike on the interstates accessible to Dalton and Wilcox County, Weathersby said.

    On her death bed, Thompson told authorities she’d been struck repeatedly with a baseball bat by an ex-boyfriend. But agents tracked him down and learned he was out of town at the time. He’s been ruled out as a suspect, Weathersby said.
    Former Wilcox County Sheriff Mike Martin, a deputy at the time who worked on Thompson’s killing, said in an interview with WMGT-TV that murders are rare in the area and unsolved murders even rarer.
    Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call the GBI office in Perry at 478-987-4545 and ask for Agent Weathersby.
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    Wondering if there could be any connection with the murder of Barry Winchell?
    He was beaten to death with a baseball bat by a homophobic yet occasional transvestite in 1999, the same year that Tracey was murdered with a baseball bat.
    imo, speculation.
    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2000...-murder-200005
    At around two A.M. on July 5, 1999, in the beer-soaked barracks of Delta Company, an exemplary young soldier named Barry Winchell was murdered—attacked with a baseball bat while he slept—in the wake of a male malevolent gay-baiting campaign by his roommate, Justin Fisher. Both Fisher and Calvin Glover, who was convicted of wielding the bat, had serious alcohol problems as well as past troubles with the law.
    Fisher’s claim to fame is his ability to egg others on, to crawl under the skin and find the raw bone of fellow soldiers who are raw to begin with. His favorite movie is Scarface, the brutal Al Pacino picture about drug gangsters
    But he also has worn women’s lingerie under his clothing, according to court documents, and once, in the middle of downtown Nashville, he was seen making out with a transsexual.

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    I could not find much about this case....... But I did run across this link and it got me to thinking I wonder if they ran fingerprints on the baseball bat

    http://www.myajc.com/news/crime--law...jfAAHYd2vAW2L/



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