Bayliss: It’s what people do Frank, it’s human nature.
Pembleton: Yes, it is human nature to kill someone simply because their sexual orientation is different.
Bayliss: People get afraid, yes.
Pembleton: People? That’s you and me Tim, grown-ups. Why is it that children don’t care about such things?
Bayliss: Well, as adults, we get socialised. We learn to behave.
Pembleton: No no no. We learn to hate.
TV Show Meme
2 Holiday Themed Episodes (2/2)
Hate Crimes - Homicide: Life on the Street
It’s a funny combination - Thanksgiving, and people being murdered over who they love, or more precisely, for who they are presumed to love by those who would rather do them harm than understand or accept their choices. Bayliss and Pembleton tackle the case of Zeke Lafeld, stabbed to death by two neo-nazi skinheads outside a gay bar. Identifying the killers is not so hard - what draws the detectives in to investigating beyond the call is the dogged insistence of all Zeke’s loved ones that he was not gay, the question of whether his murder was not only an act of hateful intolerance, but also one of mistaken (sexual) identity, or if Zeke had been closeted to avoid that same intolerance. Meanwhile, Lewis and Kellerman catch a break in the old Chilton case when the victim’s young daughter starts to remember details of her mother’s death. As it happens, she was suffocated by her boyfriend, out of fear that otherwise she might leave him to return to a previous, better lover. Amidst this, Thanksgiving is a symbol of innocent naivete in a world full of senseless, harsh judgment and the failure of basic respects, a farcical act in the face of such bleakness. And yet, as the episode plays out to Barenaked Ladies’ What a Good Boy and the nostalgic Kellerman sits alone at his desk with his apple-turkey, there’s something strangely uplifting about it anyway.