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19 YR Old “Turns Straight”, Murders Gay Roommate

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"Blame it on the c-c-c-c-cough syrup."

19 year old North Carolina man Michael Anderson is using the old “cough medicine made me go crazy” defense as an excuse for brutally murdering his roommate Stephen Starr, and then hacking his body into pieces with an axe.

Anderson, whose Facebook page updates beforehand show he planned the killing, called police and confessed to his crime. The 911 calls have been made public, but are quite graphic.

We’re reading conflicting reports about the relationship between the two men. Some outlets are claiming Starr, 36, was like a second father to Anderson. Others are claiming the two had a sexual relationship at one point, but that Anderson has “turned straight” and killed Starr for “staying gay.” Whatever the hell that means.

Anderson is heard in the 911 call saying, “I was straight and I wanted to go bisexual just to experiment and I went to a gay club and I met him and I went to his house. And he took me in and I turned straight again and he wanted to touch me and stuff and I wouldn’t let him and he kept trying and I waited until he went to sleep and then I shot him 3 times and then I mutilated him very badly.”

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Steven Starr, Killed for being gay?

Either way, the murder is gruesome and chilling.

I OD’d on Mucinex DM. Dextromethorphan makes me feel a little weird and I took too many.” Somehow we think that defense isn’t going to hold up in court. Especially considering that Anderson mutilated Starr’s body so beyond recognition that he was able to hide the axe he used to chop him up inside of the victim’s own stomach.

Whoa.

Should this kid be prosecuted under hate crime laws for killing Starr because he was gay? Or is he gay himself and suffering from internalized homophobia? This murder is a mess. What do you think about it?

Via WISTV

  • Put him away, FOREVER.

  • Put him away, FOREVER.

  • It doesn’t matter why this kid killed Mr. Starr. You’ll never really understand why one person murders another. No matter what, this kid needs to be put away. Forever.

  • Anonymous

    Right. This kid needs to be put away from the world.

  • morgli

    Right. This kid needs to be put away from the world.

  • Kelly González

    It doesn’t matter why this kid killed Mr. Starr. You’ll never really understand why one person murders another. No matter what, this kid needs to be put away. Forever.

  • Will Rest When Dead

    Good god… this is horrifying. Is this not testament enough to illustrate why homophobia needs to be overcome? Why this despicable hatred must stop?? What a miserable world to bring innocent children into and to induce such soul-screaming torment and self-loathing…

  • Anonymous

    This is why you should avoid closeted homosexuals, certainly never allow one to become a roommate!

  • myk5

    This is why you should avoid closeted homosexuals, certainly never allow one to become a roommate!

  • Bree Westphal

    Good god… this is horrifying. Is this not testament enough to illustrate why homophobia needs to be overcome? Why this despicable hatred must stop?? What a miserable world to bring innocent children into and to induce such soul-screaming torment and self-loathing…

  • Andy

    Poor guy never had a chance at being mentally stable (And I’m not sure I like using “poor” to describe this psycho.) He obviously hated being gay and couldn’t accept it, so he took it out on the one person willing to help him.

  • Izzy Capps

    do u think they have proactiv in jail? cause he is gonna need somethin to make him cute. i mean i don’t think he will get raped any less if he cleared up his face. just sayin.

    go ahead an hate on my comment. i expect it. 🙂

  • With a reason or not, Murder is just not right or called for. Mr. Starr being gay, yes I feel that Anderson should be charged with Hate crime and sent away for a very long time.

  • Chris Marshall

    Another wonderful example of what the Ex-gay Industry does to a LGBT person.

  • Chris Marshall

    I love how the news never reports the full truth, that this was a disturbed young man who murdered his gay roommate because of internalized self loathing.

  • Joey Lopez

    oh dear God… ummm. I don’t have the necessary degrees to comment on this. :O

  • Holy shit. I knew that guy.

  • Working out a lame excuse beforehand is always important. A little over the top with shooting AND hacking up. But Mucinex?!?

  • But that’s probably why he took the Mucinex…to try to eliminate his “hacking up”. Apparently it hadn’t kicked in yet.

  • Mark

    I think it’s premeditated first degree murder and Michael Anderson needs to spend the rest of his life in prison with NO chance of parole.

    “Taking too much cough syrup” — that is the LAMEST excuse for a premeditated murder I’ve ever heard!

  • Stepen Collins

    He couldn’t come to terms with the way he felt and snapped.
    Too bad he couldn’t have found a better way to deal with the conflict inside himself.

  • Mia Vazquez

    I agree, I feel the same about bisexuals!!! They are beyond sexual confusion and need to seek help. ANYONE WHO CANT EVEN ADMIT TO THEMSELVES THEIR LIKES OR DISLIKES SHOULD BE AVOIDED AT ALL COST!!!!!!

  • Heller

    Maybe in the legal realm it is worth considering the murderer’s claim that the victim pursued an unwanted sexual relationship. To what extent? His statement (if true) is vague enough to allude to something as severe as force or coercion, or to something as insignificant as an awkward comment. That might have some impact on whether this gruesome crime fits the traditional model of a hate crime.
    Personally, I don’t think the motive matters. I hope that our justice system rightly addresses this crime, and may the victim rest in peace.

  • Ash Askey

    I have to say that’s just wrong. Don’t attack bisexuals.

  • Charles

    100% steaming hot bovine scat right here, folks, for all to see. Seriously, though, you need to get a clue about bisexuality.

  • hauserk6913579

    What really happened here:

    In the meth capitol of North Carolina, a kid who was into meth went to a gay club with the purpose of finding and accessing meth (understanding both the popularity of meth in the gay community, and that he could probably get free meth by virtue of being 19 years old and submitting himself to a little touchy-feely). The two developed a symbiotic dependent relationship, fueled by Tina. Eventually, the kid who was dubiously gay at all has a psychotic episode, created by days and days without sleep on a drug that makes you insane. (Seriously, stimulant psychosis is very real, and if a gun is around someone who is tweaked out of their minds, it is a very dangerous situation.) The kid finally calls the cops after this happens and claims it is because of mucinex DM, thinking that since the medicine in the cough drug has the prefix ‘meth-” in it, that he will somehow avoid a crystal meth conviction when a drug test undoubtedly detects methamphetamines in his system.  He even says on the 911 call, “dextro-METH-orphan makes me feel weird.”

    and, come on, that kid doesn’t have acne.  It’s called meth face.  

  • Ben Medina

    This is one of the most ignorant statements I have read in a long time. The spectrum is broad, Mia. It’s not always so black & white. Get a clue.

  • the same has been said gays.  Just keep that in mind. ..

  • Sean D. Gowers ヅ

    Guns don’t kill people….exgays courtesy of Marcus Bachmann do….

  • Sean D. Gowers ヅ

    Um…who really cares what is face looks like when it is buried in some crooks crotch?  😛  (HATE THAT COMMENT)  🙂