Following the untimely death of a New Jersey attorney last week, WABC reports that Internet celebrity Kai “the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker” McGillvary has been arrested in connection with the crime. The victim, 74-year-old Joseph Galfy, was found dead of “blunt-force trauma” in his apartment earlier this week after meeting up with McGillvary for reasons that aren’t yet known.
Though homeless, McGillvary considers himself “homefree” and relies on the kindness of strangers for food, shelter, and according to some, hookups. Investigators say surveillance cameras captured the two meeting in Times Square shortly before heading back to Galfy’s place in Clark, NJ. Though no official outlets have confirmed the two were meeting to “hook up,” the details of their meeting seem pretty suspect.
After Galfy’s body was discovered on Tuesday, McGillvary took to his Facebook page (yes, this homeless man has a Facebook page) to claim he was drugged and raped by Galfy. This is where anti-violence advocates start raising their eyebrows.
“This incident is complicated, and we do not have all the answers about what happened, but we do know that this looks very much like the hook-up violence we are seeing in our work,” said Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project. “We know there is a need for LGBTQ-specific and mainstream community-based organizations to develop programs and campaigns to increase public awareness of hook-up violence, and intimate partner violence affecting our communities. We also want all LGBTQ people to have the information they need to stay safe.”
Last year, the NYC Anti-Violence Project recorded the highest yearly total of “intimate partner violence homicides” in the organization’s history—19, the majority of which were men.
Though the details of this potential “hookup from hell” have not yet emerged, NCAVP is working with Garden State Equality to raise awareness and offer support to those affected by intimate partner violence
“Based on the current information that we have, this seems like this potential homicide could be connected to hook-up and online dating violence,” said Jeffrey Campbell, Executive Director of Hudson Pride Connections Center. “We know that in all communities, but specifically in the gay male community, online and phone app dating and hook-up sites have become part of our culture. It is key for our communities to institute safe guards and prevent violence when using the Internet and phone apps to hook-up and date.”
Stay safe while grinding! The last thing we need is a new string of hate crimes that end with more than broken bones.