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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 12, December 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date December 1973
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript DECEMBER 1973 UNTIUS COMMUNITY HOUSTON, TEXAS RASTELLINI FOUND DEAD UNCOMFORTABLE On November 7. Edward A. Rastellini was founddead at MCI Bridgewater. He was imprisoned since 1968 on sodomy charges. Eddie was apparently killed by a fellow inmate(s). The coroner's report revealed that Eddie died of more than 20 stab wounds. He was in a protective custody block (at his own request) and was killed in a recreation area. Investigation is underway by the Plymouth County D.A.'s office under the direction of Lieut. Detec. Robert Zullas (State Police Detective). A question of negligence on the part of prison officials has arisen and Eddie's family is planning to press charges against the State. Eddie was convicted in 1970 of Mass. Gen. Law Chapter 272 Sec. 35a UNNATURAL AND LASCIVIOUS ACT WITH A CHILD OF 16 OR UNDER; and Chapter 272, Sec. 34 ABOMINABLE AND DETESTABLE CRIMES AGAINST NATURE. He was sentenced to 5 years on the first count and 5 to 15 years on the second count. This was his second "crimeagainstnat- ure" offense and therefore was not eligible for parole until 5 years had been served. He had already served 2 years of his sentence while awaiting trial at the Suffolk County Jail. The point stressed by everyone that this reporter interviewed was the "child" Eddie "was caught in the act with" in June of 1968 was a 16 year hustler with whom Eddie was friends and that no money had been exchanged. It is generally tielived by outside parties who were involved with Eddie that prison guards and administrators were responisble for creating the impression and spreading the rumor among inmates that Eddie was in for child raping. This combined with homosexuality usually creates hostile feelings among inmates. After conviction in 1970, Eddie was sent to Walpole Prison where fellow inmates twice set his cell on fire. In October 1970 he was sent to Bridgewater State Prison for psychiatric examination and remained there for 2 years. Pleas for help went out to the Homophile Union of Boston (HUB), who had no facilities for legal aid at the time, and to the Mass. Civil Liberties Union, who refused to take the case. It was not until Walpole again threw out the welcome mat in preparation forEddie'sparolehearing that FAG RAG put him in touch with Attorney Richard Rubino(Spring *73). Eddie arrived at the parole hearing and was confronted with the former probation of eddie's ex-lover. Eddie had had numerous clashes with him. The officer disqualified himself but Eddie appeared quite upset and apparently left a bad impression. The psychiatric report received by the parole bo ard was not overenthusiastic about release. Before a decision was reached, riots at Walpole caused the sudden removal of Eddie and 14 others in his cell block to MCI Bridgewater. Parole was denied. Time was served completely on the •'acts with a minor charge". Eddie was in for the "unnatural act" of sleeping with another man. In an interview, his sister stated in amazement "I can't understand why Eddie was never granted parole. He had a job and a place to live. Yet he was never granted parole." GCN's Dennis Thomas, who corresponded with Eddie since 1970 found him to be "a sensitive, bright, well-meaningperson." Charlie Shivery who also corresponded with Eddie was impressed by the "positive change in Eddie's attitude during his contact with Gay Liberation." In July '73 Marilynn Haft, head of the Sexual Privacy Project of the ACLU was contacted for help with parole procedures. Thepeople from F@G RAG had contacted her. No answer was received. Rep Barney Frank has sent a letter to Prison Commissioner Frank Hall asking for "a thorough and complete investigation into the murder of Eddie Rastellini. It is my job, not yours, to wipe this vicious law off our statute books, but as long as we continue the barbarous practice of imprisoning people for engaging in voluntary sexual activity, your burden as Commissioner of Correction will be greater than it ought to be, and special steps obviously have to be taken to protect people jailed for homosexuality from violence within prison. "I urge you to make special efforts to provide a full airing of the facts of this case—not just those immediately incident to the murder, but those leading up to it, including the reasons, if any, for Mr. Rastellini's failure to winpar- ole and for his transfer from Walpole to Bridgewater. "Beyond this I would very much like to know the Department's policy in dealing with men imprisoned for sodomy or related offenses." Throughout history Gays have been burned at the stake, decapitated, hanged, murdered, robbed, imprisoned, castrated, disgraced, spat upon, and entrapped by the police. Psychiatrists called us sick Men of the church called us sinners Hitler tried to annilate us. We have been the unwilling victims of lobotomy and aversion therapy. Yet we exist. Millions of us. IN GAY BARS? How many of you readers have been uncomfortable in Gay Bars? Have you ever hadthe temperature soar up to 90 or plunge down to the 60's or 50's? Have you ever been a customer when the music(racket) has been turned up so loud that you could not get the bartender to hear your order? Have you been with lights so low and gloomy that you have been unable to count money or the bartenders have been unable to see to mix drinks? All of these offenses happen every night and many more. Have you ever asked for relief on any of these discomforts from the bartenders or bar operators? If so, what response did you get? Occ- sionally did you get compliance with your request, and more usually did you get a go to Hell, insolent response, such as F.U., with more of the whatever offense inflicted? This high handed position of the bartenders is more than contrary to good business practice and does lose business. What these bartenders/bar operators can not seem to learn is that the custoner's comfort IS the customer's BUSINESS, and much more so than the proprietor's. Most bartenders can't be told anything and remain pleasant. Now, do you know of any straight bars that wouldpermit overflow of w.c. and urinal waste to pour out over the bar room floor and out to the street, off and on for several years? Do you know any straight bars who never clean their latrines for several years to a point where you have to hold your nose upon entering? Does the gay scene need this type of inconsideration from our profiteers? Of course not, we are paying the freight. On with the bar operator's scene. A number of them get to feeling successful and stop any and all bartending behind the bar of their goodselves, and come in only occasionally sezted at tables, and more often than not, drunk. In several of the bars there is no mirror to comb hair in the boy's rooms. In some more there are not also in the girl's rooms. In several other bars, the lights are so dimmed that one can not see to comb hair nor to do anything else properly such as to see to try to aim to hit the plumbing connection. In 3 local bars which do have mirrors in the boy's room, the lighting is such tat one can not see one's goodself in the mirror, due to the horizontal lighting reflected in the mirror from behind This brings up a big problem, "horizontal lighting". Practically all of the bar operators take it upon themselves to inflict horizontal lighting upon the gays as if they know all about lighting and don't even know the elementary principles of lighting. Generally, the bar owners are hostile toward any suggestions of improvement. Any and all studies of lighting including the most elementary of same demonstrate that lighting for all animals should be from overhead, NOT HORIZONTAL. The bit is simple; the light should not be shining in the vieser's(customers) eyes to obstruct his vision: It should be directed instead on to what he is looking upon, being the rest of the room, and tricks. This requires overhead lighting, not horizontal lighting which both, blinds all animals, and annoys them Sometimes in bars persons are annoyed by 3rd degree horizontal light in near black darkness and leave the bar without knowing why they were feeling uncomfortable. Amateurish, cheap, sleazy decor is tolerated by the gays perhaps because so many gays consider being gay indecent and adopt a shabby life style and behavior to match. However gays do take more notice of shabby service in the bars. Here is a sequence that you can find every night at most of the bars. Customer walks up to bar to get a drink. Customer is unable to get bartender's attention while he passes close several times and goes to wait on newcomers. Next time bartender comes close customer tells bartender for the 4th time what he would like. Bartender hears this time but does not acknowledge by so much as a batted eyelash, or a nod and goes on to take more drink orders, which he fixes and then brings customer's drink.Customer pays bartender who returns with change. Customer puts out his hand for change to be dropped in his palm, but bartender dodges the hand and reaches around and drops change on bar. From the flat bar top customer is obliged to pick up each coin separately. In this case customer did not think a tip was deserved and bartender flew off too fast ot have one handed him anyway. This customer was standing, and a tip left on the bar would have gotten mixed with other crowded seated customer's change lying along the bar. The main moral of this story is that no bartender is ever too busy to nod, wink, wave or acknowledge thathehasheardanorder before turning away. Listed here is a barowner's tip list of things that annoy customers, listed in descending order of importance. Loud music dim and gloomy lighting temperature extremes poor service warm beer overflowing plumbing underworld connections out of stock brands forced purchase double drinks harsh horizontal lighting threatening owner foul desposition owner
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