Killers Released

Justin Fisher Released from Custody

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Justin Fisher (1999)

Below is an archive of articles relating to convicted murder conspirator Justin Fisher‘s release from prison (and the subsequent halfway house ), with links to the original article online. More information about this story can be found on my “Soldier’s Girl” page.
Convicted Murder Conspirator Justin Fisher

Calvin Glover (1999)

Calvin Glover (1999)

Convicted murderer Calvin Glover is currently serving a life sentence in military prison for the murder of Barry Winchell.
Convicted Murderer Calvin Glover

Army Releases Soldier Convicted in Connection with Anti-Gay Murder

October 24, 2006

(from http://www.sldn.org/templates/press/record.html?record=3242 )

Former Army Specialist Justin Fisher, who was convicted of conspiracy
in the murder of Private First Class Barry Winchell at Fort Campbell,
Ky., has been released from prison after serving seven years of an original
12 year sentence. Winchell was attacked by Calvin Glover, a former
soldier based at Fort Campbell, in July 1999, in what was later revealed
as an anti-gay hate crime. An investigation by Servicemembers Legal
Defense Network (SLDN) found that Winchell had been the target of constant
anti-gay harassment in the months leading up to his murder. In response
to the Winchell case, Pentagon leaders adopted a 13-point Anti-Harassment
Action Plan, meant to protect troops from such harassment. There is no
evidence, however, that the plan has ever been implemented.

Seven years after the murder of PFC Winchell, the military has done little
to protect its troops from another Justin Fisher, said C. Dixon Osburn,
executive director of SLDN. By the Pentagons own admission, anti-gay harassment
is rampant throughout the forces, yet Pentagon leaders have barely lifted
a finger to curb attacks on its own troops. The Department of Defenses anti-harassment
plan has not been implemented, its leaders have not been properly trained
on dealing with harassment and its service members are left vulnerable to
unchecked homophobia. If military leaders do not take action to properly
deal with harassment in the ranks, it is only a matter of time before another
anti-gay hate crime occurs on their watch.

A 2000 Department of Defense survey found that 80% of troops had heard derogatory
anti-gay remarks during the prior year. Thirty-seven percent said they witnessed
or experienced targeted incidents of harassment, 9% of whom reported anti-gay
threats and 5% of whom reported witnessing or experiencing anti-gay physical
assaults. That survey led then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen to add
Dont Harass to the laws prior title, Dont Ask, Dont Tell, Dont Pursue.
No additional surveys have been conducted since, despite a pledge, as part
of the Anti-Harassment Action Plan, to do so.

Army leaders gave Justin Fisher a shockingly lenient sentence in the first
place, but just as importantly, they have also failed, every day since, to
protect other soldiers from Barrys fate, said Patricia and Wally Kutteles,
PFC Winchells parents. As a mother, I never want to see Barrys story repeated.
As an American, I am outraged that our leaders have taken no action to make
sure it never happens again. The most important step in curbing harassment
is ending Dont Ask, Dont Tell, and sending a strong message that second-class
citizenship is not tolerated in a first class military. But, until that happens,
Pentagon leaders must, at the very least, step up the plate and take real
steps to protect our troops.

Dr. David Chu, the Undersecretary of Defense charged with implementing Dont
Ask, Dont Tell and related human resource policies, has said existing measures
are sufficient for dealing with harassment, and that a directive is not
necessary.

For more information on Dont Ask, Dont Tell and the Anti-Harassment
Action Plan, visit www.sldn.org.


Army Releases Barry Winchell
Murder Conspirator Justin Fisher, 5 Years Early

(from http://www.towleroad.com/2006/10/army_releases_b.html)

Former Army Specialist Justin Fisher, convicted of conspiracy in the
July 1999 murder of PFC Barry Winchell, has been released from prison.
Fisher was Winchell’s roommate at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and spurred
on fellow soldier Calvin Glover to beat Winchell to death one night with
a baseball bat after months of anti-gay harassment.

Winchell had been dating a transgender performer named Calpernia
Addams whom he met on a trip to a Nashville transgender club with Fisher.
Fisher stood by several months later as Glover bludgeoned Winchell to
death in a brutal homophobic attack in his sleep.

Fisher had been sentenced to twelve and a half years for his part in
the murder. He served only seven.

The story of Winchell’s murder was told in the 2003 film Soldier’s
Girl
. Fisher was played by Shawn Hatosy who appears in the clip below, the
first eight minutes of Soldier’s Girl.

Servicemens Legal Defense Fund (SLDN) executive director C. Dixon Osburn
released the following statement:

“Seven years after the murder of PFC Winchell, the military has
done little to protect its troops from another Justin Fisher. By the
Pentagon’s own admission, anti-gay harassment is rampant throughout
the forces, yet Pentagon leaders have barely lifted a finger to curb
attacks on its own troops. The Department of Defense’s anti-harassment
plan has not been implemented, its leaders have not been properly trained
on dealing with harassment, and its service members are left vulnerable
to unchecked homophobia. If military leaders do not take action to
properly deal with harassment in the ranks, it is only a matter of
time before another anti-gay hate crime occurs on their watch.”

Winchell’s parents Patricia and Wally Kutteles also reacted to the news:

“Army leaders gave Justin Fisher a shockingly lenient sentence
in the first place, but just as importantly, they have also failed,
every day since, to protect other soldiers from Barry’s fate. As a
mother, I never want to see Barry’s story repeated. As an American,
I am outraged that our leaders have taken no action to make sure it
never happens again. The most important step in curbing harassment
is ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and sending a strong message that
second-class citizenship is not tolerated in a first class military.
But, until that happens, Pentagon leaders must, at the very least,
step up to the plate and take real steps to protect our troops.”


Soldier Convicted In Homophobic Slaying Released From Prison

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

(From http://www.365gay.com/Newscon06/10/102406military.htm )

October 24, 2006 – 3:00 pm ET

(Washington) Former Army Specialist Justin Fisher, who was convicted
of conspiracy in the murder of Private First Class Barry Winchell at
Fort Campbell, Ky., has been released from prison after serving seven
years of an original 12 and one half-year sentence.

Winchell, was perceived as gay because he was seeing Calpernia Addams,
a pre-op transsexual. Winchell was beaten to death with a baseball
bat in his barracks by Calvin Glover, a former soldier based at Fort
Campbell.

Following the murder an investigation by Servicemembers Legal Defense
Network found that Winchell had been the target of constant anti-gay
harassment in the months leading up to his killing

In 2000, the Pentagon announced it would take concrete steps to curb
anti-gay harassment in our military and to hold accountable those who
harass and condone harassment.

Pentagon leaders adopted a 13-point “Anti- Harassment Action
Plan,” meant to protect troops from such harassment. There is
no evidence, however, that the plan has ever been implemented.

“Seven years after the murder of PFC Winchell, the military has
done little to protect its troops from another Justin Fisher,” said
C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of SLDN.

“By the Pentagon’s own admission, anti-gay harassment is rampant
throughout the forces, yet Pentagon leaders have barely lifted a finger
to curb attacks on its own troops. The Department of Defense’s anti-harassment
plan has not been implemented, its leaders have not been properly trained
on dealing with harassment, and its service members are left vulnerable
to unchecked homophobia. If military leaders do not take action to
properly deal with harassment in the ranks, it is only a matter of
time before another anti-gay hate crime occurs on their watch.”

A 2000 Department of Defense survey found that 80 percent of troops
had heard derogatory anti-gay remarks during the prior year. Thirty-seven
percent said they witnessed or experienced targeted incidents of harassment,
9 percent of whom reported anti-gay threats and 5 percent of whom reported
witnessing or experiencing anti-gay physical assaults.

That survey led then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen to add “Don’t
Harass” to the law’s prior title, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,
Don’t Pursue.” No additional surveys have been conducted since,
despite a pledge, as part of the Anti-Harassment Action Plan, to do
so.

“Army leaders gave Justin Fisher a shockingly lenient sentence
in the first place, but just as importantly, they have also failed,
every day since, to protect other soldiers from Barry’s fate,” said
Patricia and Wally Kutteles, PFC Winchell’s parents.

“As a mother, I never want to see Barry’s story repeated. As
an American, I am outraged that our leaders have taken no action to
make sure it never happens again. The most important step in curbing
harassment is ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and sending a strong
message that second-class citizenship is not tolerated in a first class
military. But, until that happens, Pentagon leaders must, at the very
least, step up to the plate and take real steps to protect our troops.”

Dr. David Chu, the undersecretary of Defense charged with implementing “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell” and related human resource policies, has said
existing measures “are sufficient” for dealing with harassment,
and that a directive “is not necessary.”

7 thoughts on “Killers Released”

  1. I remember when this story was in the news back in 99. I was a junior in high school and being bi, I must say that it really saddened me to hear something so horrible. I have friends in the military who are gay, lesbian, and bi and am worried everyday when I know that this could be repeated because of ignorant people. Everyday I think about this and everyday I pray I never have to get a phone call that something like this has happened, again.

  2. first of all… i KNOW Justin Fisher. he and i went to Airborne School together and were actually stationed there for awhile before we both got orders to go elsewhere (he the 101st and me the 82nd)… I did not watch this movie, i just watched the clip above and I would NEVER justify what he did, i do not know the whole story… but I can say that he was NOTHING like what they portray him to be in this clip above. He was the biggest clown in airborne school. He was one of the funniest, easy going people there. He and i wrote a few letters back and forth after he became incarcerated, and while I did not ask him details, he told me it was his bat but nothing about provoking the incident. like I said, I have no idea what actually happened but i can DEFINETLY say that he is NOTHING like what this video above makes him seem to be. NOT AT ALL…

  3. People Change. It may not be exact but what kind of person do you have to be to stand by and let an innocent man be bludgeoned to death with Your baseball bat. I am Calpernia's friend and I have known her going on 11 yrs. and I know that no matter what Hollywood has to do to get viewers she is not a mean vindictive person nor does she has an evil bone in her body. I was at Barry's memorial at Centennial Park. That man did nothing but love and serve and for Ignorance he was murdered!! They (his killers) are what make me believe in capitol punishment..and not believe in this government or the leaders of it!! They should have been sentenced to death for their role in Barry's untimely death..they took his life so it is only fitting that Barry's death by their hands take their lives as well. However, we all know that this countries judicial system croaked a long long time ago! Boo America, You Fail!!

    1. I have always believed in eye for an eye. What happend to Barry was wrong, and there was no injustice for it. The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is one, I feel just waiting for something like this to happen, but how many should have to suffer because of someone else's ignorace? No one should have to be put through that, no one should have to be tortured (and yes, harrassment can be torture). And why should anyone care about their sexuality? Does it really matter if they are gay and in the military? I thought that what mattered is that they were there to be all that you could be, looking for a few good men, aiming high, and so on and so forth… That you can assist the military with skills you learned to defend your country…

    2. It is not anyone's business what a gay man does in his bed at home or what a lesbian does in her home and what they do does NOT keep them from being able to concentrate on their job/task at hand. It would be no different than the married guy or the engaged woman. They are leaving someone behind just like anyone else. They are fighting wars for this country and dying for this country, yet, they are condemmed because they are GLBT??? I agree with you that the judicial system is long since dead. There was someone who helped create the problem (Fisher) and someone who helped assist with the problem by destroying it (Glover). It is sad what happened to Barry and I feel for his family and for Calpernia and all his friends that loved and cared about him and thought that he was just doing something he wanted to do: Protect what is important to him.

  4. all i have to say is that the american military is a real let down when it comes to protecting their own…barry did not deserve to die at all…and especially not like that.this really pisses me off..these men should have suffered far more serious consequences than what they have served, especially fisher. i've joined the canadian forces and even from the people i know who has served in the CF for some time..i have never heard of a hate crime that hasn't been handled right away on serious terms. This just enrages me and saddens me, a prosperous and decent life stolen from the world….when will it end?

    rest in peace forever Barry, i'm jealous of those who knew you and heartbroken for the ones who never will.

  5. Hate what we all do. If its not within the worlds norm then its an outcast. Early 1900's women were not known to have an orgasm or enjoy it. It was a taboo life style now today its accept. Eleven long years have passed it still brings pain and hate. Stop the Hate! The world thrives on the balance of hatred.

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