12 MONTROSE VOICE/June 11, 1982
claimed raped by
woman, to face
International Gay News Agency
A man who claimed he was gay and had to
kill a woman in self-defense because she
raped him and threatened to kill him will
not have to face a retrial in San Diego for
murdering the woman, even though the
jury did not formally acquit him.
But the California state Supreme Court
in a 4-to-2 decision ruled that Clifford
Stone can still be retried for manslaughter.
Stone was tried a single charge of first-
degree murder of Rose McNeil-
Muhammad on November 9, 1979. After
nine days of deliberation, the jury said it
was deadlocked, and the judge declared a
Stone appealed, claiming that he could
not be tried again for murder because the
jury had informally acquitted him of first-
and second-degree murder charges.
The high court agreed, saying that a
retrial would violate Stone's constitutional right not to be tried twice for the
The court decision to let Stone face manslaughter charges, if not first- and second-
degree charges, made no reference to the
unusual defense put forth by Stone during
his 10-week trial. But court documents
noted that Stone made two tape-recorded
confessions in which he said that he was
gay and that he had killed the woman in
self-defense after she raped him.
According to the documents, two
experts testified that the dead woman had
a "propensity for sexual aggression."
The experts (male professors from Yale
and USC medical schools) testified that
there has been proof that females can rape
men. They both concluded, "based on data
on the deceased," that McNeil-
Muhammad had indeed raped Stone.
Originally Stone was charged with
rape, sodomy, and forced oral copulation
in addition to murder. But by the time of
his trial, all but the murder charge were
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All over Houston each week, thousands of gay
readers now pick the MONTROSE VOICE as their first
In fact, the "Newspaper of Montrose" is now one of
the largest gay newspapers in the country.
This is even more significant when you consider
that the VOICE is not nationwide, not statewide. The
VOICE is ./us. Houston.
The MONTROSE VOICE distributes 7000 copies each
week—all in Houston—that get into the hands of an
estimated 18,800 readers. In fact, the VOICE'S Houston distribution is nearly twice that of our competitor.
To regular readers of the VOICE, our rapidly
exploding new popularity comes as no surprise. After
• Because the VOICE is just Houston, readers and
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• The VOICE is a professional news operation. We
investigate stories and state sources. News is serious
and we're serious about it.
• The VOICE has each week page after page of
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week to similar Houston material.
• The VOICE'S new sports page provides in depth
stories each week on the Montrose Sports
Association—including softball, bowling and volleyball. Our competitor devotes less than half as much
space each week to Montrose sports coverage.
• The VOICE covers national gay news and
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the VOICE subscribes to all six existing gay news
and feature services, including news from the International Gay News Agency and features from
Stonewall Features Syndicate. Our competitor subscribes to none of these services.
• The VOICE has award winning cartoonists,
including our own Max Angst (who is now syndicated nationwide), San Francisco's Gary Larson and
Austin's Ben Sargent (winner of the 1982 Pulitzer
Prize for Editorial Cartooning).
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our publisher, has been producing newspapers in
Houston since 1973.
• There's no "thumbing" by news and advertising
in the VOICE. Most of our readers read each page,
page by page. And, most of our readers read the
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And even though we now out-circulate our competitor almost two-to-one in Houston, our advertising
rates are lower—much lower. New advertisers in the
VOICE, who are used to advertising in the other
publication, receive two big surprises:
• The results they receive with nearly twice the
Houston circulation they had been used to, and
• Their bill.
You see, quite simply, they'd been paying too much
for advertising and getting too little actual circulation in return.
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