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Who Does This Tennessee Lesbian Couple Think Burned Their House Down? The Homophobic Neighbor

Ever since lesbian couple of 15 years Carol Ann and Laura Stutte moved from Oklahoma into their Vonore, Tennessee, home (outside Knoxville) in June 2005, they say their neighbor has been tormenting them with anti-gay harassment. Threats of poisoning their dogs (one of which died allegedly after eating meat the neighbor fed it). Trespassing. Looking through their windows. Claims the Stuttes could be “killed … right then” and nobody would ever find out about it, thanks to friends on the police force. And then you’ll recall last September, while on vacation and a month after deciding to sell their home in move, the couple was alerted their home was burned down, the word “queers” painted on their garage, and their trailer vandalized. They suspect their neighbor, obviously, and now they’re launched a lawsuit, claiming “trespassing and conversion, intentional infliction of emotional distress and malicious harassment.”

On:           Feb 2, 2011
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    • kokhar

      Awful business.
      The fact that those neighbors aren’t already in jail for hate crime just shows you how in some sections of the country, the government is systematically committed to discrimination against gay peple to the point of genocide.

      Feb 3, 2011 at 12:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981

      That’s the south for ya. I hope they are ok and they win their lawsuit.

      Feb 3, 2011 at 12:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C

      They avoided naming the neighbor for legal reasons but we don’t have to. It’s Janice K. Millsaps of Vonore, TN.

      Feb 3, 2011 at 5:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      @Kev C: Thank you for pointing out that the neighbor was Janice K. Millsaps of Vonore, TN.

      I hope that they bankrupt her for what she did to them.

      Feb 3, 2011 at 9:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • divkid

      thank you for being careful not to reveal the neighbour’s name as >>>Janice K. Millsaps of Vonore, TN<<<.

      i'd really hate for her to suffer any indignity, or risk her being the target of a concerted effort to make *her* life a misery.

      i REALLY would hate that.

      oh yeees.

      Feb 3, 2011 at 10:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Francis

      Great, now her name is known. Payback is a bitch.

      Feb 3, 2011 at 10:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981

      Hey all you southern queers, now we know who this bitch is! Don’t do anything illegal, but we can make her life hell.

      Feb 3, 2011 at 11:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Oh Boy

      I can’t fathom the suffering these women went through. And the terror they must have felt every day.

      If it is true that this Janice Millsaps woman did this. I hope she gets it back 10 fold. To kill someone’s dog, much less hurt an innocent animal – this Janice piece of garbage doe snot deserve to walk the Earth. She is a waste of oxygen.

      Feb 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981

      Janice K. Millsaps. The victims cannot spread her name around the net,but we can. She is a hate mongering bigot, who has killed an innocent animal, and burned down the house of innocent people.

      Feb 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hopeless Romantic... No, Wait. Just Hopeless

      Anyone that intentionally kills an innocent animal is automatically a deranged lunatic.

      Feb 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones

      Why didn’t they shoot her, when she first trespassed on their property?

      Feb 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nathan

      @Mr. Enemabag Jones: Not everyone here down South is a trespasser shooting gun nut.

      Believe it or not, Monroe County is not that bad for gays. 90% of people, even if not approving, are at least tolerant. That other, vocal 10% gives everyone a bad name. I hope they throw the book at Janice Millsaps, it takes a real coward to do what she did. She is a disgrace to the region.

      Feb 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew

      I was thinking it was probably a woman when the reports and the couple kept referring to the Neighbor using the singular “they” and “them”.

      Feb 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brooke

      After living in the area for quite some time, I’m surprised it didn’t occur to them that Vonore is the one of the worst places to live for anybody, let alone us gays.

      Feb 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Patricia

      I’ am disguted how some people have no life whatsoever that they decide to ruin others. To make it worse the lack of interest of the authorities to help this couple is just horrible, if it had been a hetero pair the problem would of been solved long ago. Good luck to the couple. To that small brained bitched Janice K. Millsaps and complices, I hope you suffer three times as bad for all the crimes you have committed. A death of a small dog and the memories of their family. Homophobic idiots mind your own business.

      Feb 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kim

      Here’s the result of the investigation. Some of you may owe Janice Millsaps an apology.


      May 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wahya73

      @Kim: Kim, vultures never apologize

      Aug 8, 2015 at 10:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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