Arnold Waukazo charged with murder, may not have known victim was transgender

Categories: Homicide Files

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How much did Arnold Waukazo know about his love interest, Krissy Bates?
​Arnold Waukazo was charged today with killing transgender woman Krissy Bates by stabbing her multiple times in the torso and neck.

Waukazo allegedly demonstrated to Minneapolis cops exactly how he stabbed his victim. He now faces felony second-degree murder charges that could land him in prison for as long as 40 years.

A family friend talked to City Pages about why Waukazo may have snapped, suggesting that perhaps he didn't know she was transgender. 

But people who knew Krissy well say it's unlikely that Waukazo would have been ignorant about his victim's gender.

Waukazo, a mechanic who worked for a few years stocking merchandise at Harbor Freight Tools in Minneapolis, was known to be a straight man. Although he had never married, he'd been in a relationship with one woman for close to 20 years. Together, the couple had two children. But the relationship ended, and she moved to Florida late last year.

In early January, Waukazo told a family friend he'd met someone new.

"He didn't tell me her name, but he said he had met a really cool woman, and he seemed excited--happier than I'd seen him in a long time," says Kurt Sowers, the stepfather of Waukazo's best friend.

Waukazo told Sowers he'd met this woman through Craigslist personals. She was the first woman that Waukazo had been interested in since his long-term relationship had ended.

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Krissy Bates posted this photo of herself online
​On Jan. 4, Waukazo visited Bates at her apartment, at 1302 Linden Avenue. A neighbor dropped by, and Bates introduced Waukazo as her boyfriend. Bates poured brandy and the trio kicked back and chatted.

Two days later, Waukazo stopped at Haskell's Liquor Store, bought a bottle of E & J brandy, and headed for Bates's apartment.

After Waukazo arrived, the couple got into an argument, according to the police report. Waukazo became so angry that he put his hands around Bates's neck and strangled her, hanging on until she lost consciousness. Waukazo laid the body on the floor and watched as it began to convulse.

It was then that Waukazo decided to finish the job.

He grabbed a folding knife, popped open the four-inch blade, and stabbed Bates in the torso. Over and over--four times in the torso, and once on the left side of her neck.

As if that wasn't enough, Waukazo pummeled Bates's torso with his fists, fracturing several of her ribs.

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Waukazo posted this picture of himself on Facebook
Waukazo placed the bloody knife back on the hutch, picked up Bates's keys and her laptop, and fled town. He ended up back in his hometown of Blaine, returning to his kids and his job.

When Janice Polson, of Closplint, Kentucky, hadn't heard from her good friend Krissy Bates in several days, she started to worry. The women spoke to each other several times each day.

Polson called one of Bates's neighbors and asked her to check on her friend. The neighbor called the building caretaker, who opened Bates's door. Inside, she found the blood-soaked body.

It was January 11, and it had been five days since Bates was killed.

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 Flap Jack-Off : You're such a clever a**-hole, yes? So, you can look at a person and see their chromosomes? Trans people understand quite well what they are indeed able to change vs what they cannot, Dr. Shaven-palms.. thank you very much for your brilliant insight.

How does a person "sexually mutilate" oneself? If you're speaking of those of whom choose genital surgery, how is that considered mutilation? How does ANY invasive surgery not appear to look like mutilation, until the surgery is fully completed.

Just as a kitchen or bathroom remodeling job.. its going to look much worse before it looks better.

Now, go soak your head.


Not a "Her", but a man that chose to cross dress and sexually mutilate himself, UNLESS science has somehow figured out a way to change the Y chromosome into an X.


I watch Tranny porn online.


He knew she was a tranny. I met him the night of the 4th to discuss anti gay issues in the building. I went to meet Krissy, and he was there. Whilst going over how she could file a complaint with the city. We discussed transgender stuff. He knew. If anybody met Krissy you could tell she was transgendered. He sounds like a deeply closted guy who could not handle the truth.


She didn't deserve this at all..I hope this guy gets a life term.

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Katie Berger Tremaine

I don't care if he "didn't know" she was trans - there is nothing that justifies murder. There is nothing that justifies violence of this sort - or ANY sort - against an innocent person.


He was drinking so was she. She threatened to hurt him, you do not do that to a drunk person at all no one will ever know the whole truth, only god. and god forgives all men and women. get over yourselves.

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