Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

Gay man murdered and dismembered in Dallas

Richard Hernandez

According to a September article published in the Dallas Voice, gay man Richard Hernandez was murdered in his Dallas apartment and then dismembered in the bathtub. After Hernandez failed to appear at his job, worried co-workers called the police. The police went to Hernandez’s apartment to investigate, and found large amounts of blood in the living room and tissue from the victim’s internal organs in the bathtub.

Purchases made on Hernandez’s credit card led police to a suspect, Seth Lawton Winder, who was then charged with credit card fraud and capital murder. Seth’s father, Robert Winder, has pointed to his son’s schizophrenic history as a possible explanation for the crime, but police have also recovered a digital camera containing images of the suspect inside the victim’s apartment which might suggest a different theory about why the murder occurred.

Friends of the victim say Hernandez was a valued friend. “Rich was probably one of the most sincere, sweet people you will ever meet,” says one friend. “Rich always had a smile and would drop anything to help anybody, and it’s very, very sad what happened to him. It’s a very gruesome, horrible thing to happen to someone so sweet and so generous.”

Richard Hernandez was 38-years-old.

November 15, 2008 - Posted by | Decapitation and dismemberment, gay men, Hate Crimes, Latino and Latina Americans, Perpetrators of Hate Crime, Texas

1 Comment

  1. […] described as a “Silence-of-the-Lambs” style slaying in September 2008, as reported by Unfinished Lives.  Hernandez’s body has never been found, but his internal organs were discovered in his own […]

    Pingback by Mother Dies Before Justice Is Done for Her Slain Gay Son « Unfinished Lives | August 25, 2010

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

%d bloggers like this: