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Read Post coverage of the brutal crimes that shocked the nation and prompted calls for stronger bias legislation.

L.A. Jewish Center Shooting | Calif. Arson, Murders
Shepard Case | Jasper Killing | Other Stories | Legislation

L.A. Jewish Community Center Shooting

Without a word a lone gunman entered a Jewish community center and opened fire indiscriminately, hitting both staff and children attending day camp. The suspected gunman has been linked to neo-Nazi organizations.

August 13, 1999: Shooting Suspect Faces State, U.S. Charges
August 12, 1999: L.A. Gunman Surrenders
August 12, 1999: L.A. Shooting May Have Been Initiation Rite
August 11, 1999: Gunman Wounds 5 at Summer Camp

L.A. Jewish Center Shooting | Calif. Arson, Murders
Shepard Case | Jasper Killing | Other Stories | Legislation


California Synagogue Arsons, Gay Slayings

Three Sacramento-area synagogues went up in flames within the same half-hour period and a local gay couple was slain in their bed soon after. The same two brothers are suspected in all four crimes.

July 21, 1999: Police Link Brothers to Christian Identity Group
July 12, 1999: Path of Calif. Hate Crimes Led to Brothers
June 19, 1999: Officials Label Synagogue Fires a Hate Crime

L.A. Jewish Center Shooting | Calif. Arson, Murders
Shepard Case | Jasper Killing | Other Stories | Legislation


The Matthew Shepard Case

A gay University of Wyoming student was lashed to a fence and fatally beaten in an apparent anti-gay attack. Shepard's beating and death was denounced by national leaders and prompted vigils around the country protesting hate crimes.

November 3, 1999: Shepard Case Goes to Jury
November 2, 1999: Wyoming Judge Bars 'Gay Panic' Defense
October 26, 1999: Second Trial Begins in Shepard Murder
April 6, 1999: Gay Student's Attacker Pleads Guilty
December 10, 1998: Women Plead Not Guilty In Wyoming Gay Murder
October 18, 1998: Shepard Case Highlights Anti-Gay Violence
October 14, 1998: Shepard's Death Brings Tougher Charges
October 13, 1998: Wyoming Student Succumbs to Injuries
October 12, 1998: Suspect's Father Denies Attack Was Hate Crime

L.A. Jewish Center Shooting | Calif. Arson, Murders
Shepard Case | Jasper Killing | Other Stories | Legislation


Jasper Killing: The Murder of James Byrd, Jr.

Three white men chained a disabled black man to the back of their pickup truck and dragged him to his death.

Sept. 24, 1999: 2nd Death Sentence Issued in Texas Slaying
Sept. 21, 1999: Second Man Convicted in Dragging Death
Feb. 26, 1999: Racist Sentenced to Death
Feb. 24, 1999: Racist Convicted in Texas Murder
Feb. 23, 1999: Grim Details in Dragging Case
Feb. 10, 1999: First Trial Begins in Texas Dragging Death
Jan. 17, 1999: Texas Grand Jury Indicts 3 in Slaying of Black Man
July 7, 1998: Texas Slaying Linked to Bid To Organize Racist Group
June 14, 1998: At Funeral, Civil Rights Leaders Urge End to Violence
June 13, 1998: Down a Dark Road: Accused Tied to Hate Groups
June 10, 1998: Black Man Dragged to Death

L.A. Jewish Center Shooting | Calif. Arson, Murders
Shepard Case | Jasper Killing | Other Stories | Legislation


Other Stories


July 27, 1999:
Latino Group Says Rise in Hate Crimes Unnoted
July 6, 1999: Racial Slayer Killed Himself in Struggle
July 4, 1999: Gunman Fires at Minorities in Illinois
May 28, 1999: South Carolina Men Charged With Dragging Black Man
March 5, 1999: 2 Accused of Killing Burning, Gay Man

L.A. Jewish Center Shooting | Calif. Arson, Murders
Shepard Case | Jasper Killing | Other Stories | Legislation


Legislation


April 6, 1999:
Clinton Backs Broader Hate Crimes Law
October 26, 1998: Hate Crime Laws Rely On Motives, Not Targets

L.A. Jewish Center Shooting | Calif. Arson, Murders
Shepard Case | Jasper Killing | Other Stories | Legislation

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