Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Trouble starts soon after you move into your dream house. Lug nuts are loosened on your trailer. Nails are strewn in your driveway. Your dog is poisoned, after the neighbor threatens to do just that. The neighbor, Janice Millsaps, allegedly enters their home while they are away repeatedly, according to the police complaint. She also allegedly makes the statement, "there’s bodies in these hills that no one will ever find,’... and that she "takes care of things the old-fashioned way, the Millsaps way."
Carol Ann and Laura Stutte install spotlights and security fencing. They file a report on the harassment with the Monroe County Sheriff last August.
The couple goes to Nashville for an anniversary dinner and get a call during dinner that their house is on fire. They return to find it burnt down, with the word Queers spray painted on the garage. They see the neighbor, who points to the burnt out site and laughs.
Their insurance company, American National Property & Casualty Company, refuses to make a payment or help them with living expenses, even though they have a policy which states "“If a loss covered under this section makes the residence premises uninhabitable, we cover any necessary increase in living expenses incurred by you so that your household can maintain its normal standard of living for up to 24 months.” They finally make them a total offer of six hundred bucks and change, five months later. Total.
Sheriff is still investigating and neither they or the FBI will call it a hate crime. "We really have not seen enough evidence yet to call it a hate crime," Sheriff Bill Bivens said. "There are indicators, don't get me wrong, although we are still investigating."
It is awful that people still have to go through this sort of thing in America. You can help the Stutte's by helping pressure their insurance company through this link on Change.org.