Two dead bodies turning up in a single residence will raise eyebrows. It’s pretty much a given, and when the dead bodies in question are gay men acting as escorts, and the home belongs to a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter, the whole situation is going to make headlines.
That is what is happening in California where Democratic Donor Ed Buck is in the spotlight after the second body was found. And it isn’t just conservatives asking questions. Activists of several stripes and the neighbors want answers.
Protests erupted Tuesday outside the West Hollywood home of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck, with activists calling for Buck’s arrest after a man was found dead in the apartment early Monday — 17 months after a deceased male escort was discovered there.
“Arrest Ed Buck, prosecute Ed Buck, and then a jury needs to convict Ed Buck,” activist Jasmyne Cannick said to the crowd gathering outside the California apartment Monday night. “This man has had two dead bodies in his house, and he is still in his house.”
Said another demonstrator: “This man is a danger to our community.”
Neighbors of Buck’s, who were drawn out of their homes as a result of the protest, said they have the same questions as everyone else and have made their own calls to police, according to FOX11.
Protesters gathering to call for the prosecution of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck after two men separately die inside of his #WestHollywood apartment in less than two two years. One was a meth overdose. Protesters meeting in front of his building on Laurel Ave. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/B0r4BCFtFP
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) January 8, 2019
One dead escort could well be an accident. Two starts a trend regardless of what the man’s attorney and local police have to say.
Attorney Seymour Amster, Buck’s attorney, confirmed the most recent death to Fox News and said the unidentified victim was a “longtime friend” who had known Buck for 25 years. Amster said the victim “reached out for [Buck’s] help” Sunday night and began acting “in a bizarre way” after he arrived at Buck’s apartment.
“As far as we’re concerned, this is an accidental death,” said Amster, who added police had released the scene and Buck was not under arrest.
Uh-huh. A police investigation is underway, not just on this incident, but on the 2017 death of another gay escort in the same location. The scene of that death is reported to have been littered with drug paraphernalia. However, as this is the greater Los Angeles area, all bets are off on how honest it will be.
In the meantime, Buck continues maintaining his innocence and is continuing to be a force in gay rights.