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Bi Man Murdered in Ohio

CINCINNATI, OH (Oct. 15) -- Michael Carpenter, a 42-year-old bisexual man, died after being beaten and strangled by someone he may have met in a gay bar.

According to the authorities, Carpenter's wife found his nude body on the bedroom floor with his hands bound behind his back with a sock. Mrs. Carpenter said she knew about her husband's bisexuality, and that they had been married for 12 years.

Police Sergeant Terry Zinser said there were no signs of forced entry into the apartment, but that Carpenter's wallet, some jewelry, and his car were missing. The car was later recovered and is being processed for clues.

Although no statistics were available for Cincinnati, incidents of anti-BGLTH violence in both Cleveland (+39%, from 18 to 25) and Columbus (+11%, from 186 to 206) rose significantly between 1996 and 1997, according to new figures released by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs and the Community United Against Violence.

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