LINCOLN - Days before claiming that her homosexuality made her the target of a ghastly hate crime, Charlie Rogers declared on a social media site: "I will be a catalyst."
The Facebook posting may offer a hint of motive behind an act Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong said Tuesday wasn't an assault by masked intruders but a fictional story that touched the deepest fears of gay people and wasted a lot of public resources.
"So maybe I am too idealistic, but I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone," Peschong said as he read aloud the posting by Rogers.
"I will be a catalyst. I will do what it takes. I will. Watch me."
Four days later, on July 22, the 33-year-old Lincoln woman said three masked men broke into her house, bound her hands and feet with zip ties and wrote anti-homosexual slurs into her arms and abdomen with a box cutter.