The Murder Of Anthony Adams: Utah's Dark LGBT History

Oct 17, 2018

Investigative journalist Eric Peterson recently uncovered a cold case murder that panicked Utah’s emerging LGBTQ subculture in the ‘70s and dealt a chilling blow to the area's newly organizing gay rights movement.

Investigative journalist Eric Peterson recently uncovered a cold case murder that panicked Utah’s emerging LGBTQ subculture in the ‘70s. Those who knew him say Anthony Adams was a rising star in Salt Lake’s newly organizing gay rights movement. When he was killed, police detectives called it “a bar pickup-turned-bloody,” and dismissed claims that it was an assassination. In either case, gay rights in the state were dealt a chilling blow. Peterson and local historian Ben Williams join us to talk about it.

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