Wednesday, December 19, 2012

DA's Office will Reopen Case on the Unsolved Death of LGBT Icon Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson's death has been a mystery for many years. But now, the DA office in Manhattan will reopen her case in hopes of finding out what really happened:
Prosecutors will take a fresh look at the 1992 death of gay icon and “mayor of Christopher Street” Marsha P. Johnson, the Daily News has learned. 
Johnson, an unmistakable Greenwich Village fixture who posed for an Andy Warhol series on drag queens, was pulled from the Hudson River, fully clothed, near Christopher St. on July 6, 1992. She had been missing for days. 
Her death was ruled a suicide by the city’s medical examiner, but Johnson’s friends and family believe she was attacked by bullies who regularly harassed and assaulted her at the pier. 
The ruling was changed from “suicide” to “undetermined” in December 2002, as a result of a police investigation that determined there was not enough information to call it a suicide. 
Now, two decades after her death, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office has agreed to reconsider the case, law enforcement sources confirmed.
“We think it’s important that this case is closed with the accuracy of science and modern technology,” said transgender activist Mariah Lopez, 27, who lobbied for a new review of Johnson’s death.
Please google Marsha and see why her role in the LGBT movement is so important. Also check out her documentary "Pay It No Mind" after the jump

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