‘Boys Don’t Cry’ murderer gets engaged on death row

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, May 13, 2013 12:47 EDT
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A Nebraska man convicted of murders depicted in the Academy Award-winning film “Boys Don’t Cry” has gotten engaged on death row, Omaha.com reported Monday.

John Lotter, 41, told a reporter he and 50-year-old Jenne Bissonnette, of Washington, will be married once his license application is approved.

Lotter was convicted of three murders, including the killing of 21-year-old Bobby Teena, a trans person born as a woman who lived as a man. Teena was portrayed by actress Hillary Swank in the 1999 film “Boys Don’t Cry,” earning her an Oscar for “Best Actress.”

It’s not the first time Lotter has gotten engaged since the murders: after a lengthy letter-writing affair, Omaha.com noted that he nearly tied the knot with a Chicago woman in 2006.

Even if he goes through with his latest engagement, Lotter will not be allowed to consummate the marriage due to provisions in the Nebraska penal code. He’s also not allowed to have a wedding cake or any refreshments whatsoever, and only two people may witness the ceremony.

Lotter’s final appeal was denied by the Supreme Court last March after a lower court upheld his conviction.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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