Chrissie Bates's photo: murder victim was working as a prostitute

Categories: Homicide Files
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Chrissie Bates, in a self-portrait posted on Backpage.com
Minneapolis Police are still investigating the murder of Chrissie Bates, the transgender woman who was found dead in her downtown apartment Monday.

Before she died, Chrissie was working as a prostitute. In an advertisement posted Dec. 17 on Backpage.com, Chrissie describes herself as a "classy and sassy southern belle" who is "very passionate, artistic and sweet." She charged $100-an-hour for her intimate services.
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Chrissie Bates's prostitution ad

Backpage.com is owned by City Pages' parent company, Village Voice Media.

Chrissie was from New Orleans and hadn't been in town that long. She was a warm, funny person, according to neighbors and people who have contacted OutFront Minnesota to share their memories of her. Neighbors say they saw johns visiting Chrissie's apartment.

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Chrissie Bates's door
Now, the entrance to Chrissie's apartment is blocked off, and someone has affixed a white rose to the doorway in memorial.

In addition to the Minneapolis Police Department, the FBI is also involved in the case because of potential civil rights violations. A representative from Human Rights Campaign in D.C. will attend the vigil for Chrissie next Friday, Jan. 21.

Previous Coverage

* Chrissie Bates, transgender homicide victim, found stabbed downtown

* Chrissie Bates cause of death: Complex homicidal violence



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guest
guest

First and foremost no one should die this way! Chrissie Bates was from Kentucky, I knew Chrissie as Christopher since birth. Chrissie lost her father about a year ago.That was when she decided to move.We lost track of Chrissie after that and had no idea she was in Minneapolis. She will be missed by her family. Thank everyone involved in the investigation of her death and I hope they find the person soon. Chrissie may you rest in peace and be joined with your Father.

J E Hoover
J E Hoover

The FBI is involved? For Why? Scaaaaary.

Seana
Seana

The fact that Chrissie Bates was a sex worker does not alter the fact that she was murdered, and deserves justice.

Southerncomfort4u66
Southerncomfort4u66

in reply to Guest...thank you for the kind words. I meet Chris (as I will always call him) when I returned to school after being out for illness in jr.high. He was the first one to talk to me and seem friendly. We would loose track of one another after graduation but every few years happen upon the other. Conversations were always fast and lively, covering lots of ground. I hadn't heard from him in many years and wondered what had become of him. I was told just today by a family member what had happened. I'm saddened by the news of my friend. I knew of his preference and how he struggled with it from time to time. But it never changed the fact of us being friends. To my old friend, you own space in my heart always....rest well.

Katie Berger Tremaine
Katie Berger Tremaine

Per the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act of 2009, local law enforcement can request the FBI for any crime that they have reason to believe was a hate crime - and whenever a member of a visible minority is murdered in such a brutal fashion, that it was a hate crime is a pretty easy conclusion to reach.

Anti-transgender prejudice is why you see so many trans women selling sex - when you can't get any other job, you still have to eat.

Liam_burton
Liam_burton

nobody said it did.what's your point?

Erleclaire
Erleclaire

The fact that Chrissie Bates was Transgender does not alter the fact that she was murdered, and deserves justice too.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Katie Berger Tremaine No, they mostly do it because the cost of transformation is so high.

J E H
J E H

I see your point of view, however, after serving many years in "Local Law Enforcement" I can safely tell you that ALL crimes have an element of "Hate" attached. I sincerely hope that the perpetrator of this awful crim is quickly apprehended. Calling in the Feds won't necessarily help matters and might make them worse. just FYI.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Erleclaire Please stop assuming that the world is full of people who wish you ill. It isn't, even among those who do feel threatened by what seems to them "a world gone mad". 

Consider gay bashing, for instance. I only know three people who've engaged in same. Each of them--surprise! surprise!--turned out to have been sexually abused by men when they were young and vulnerable teens. Most people who get F'd up in the head got that way the hard way. They may put things in terms of traditional mores, but their hurt and anger is courtesy of their abusers, not their schoolmates or their parents or their preachers.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Seana You don't know how good police work is accomplished. While the resources which the Feds bring to the table can be very helpful in solving some crimes, murder is seldom one of them (excepting access to their greater crime lab resources.) Indeed, when they Bigfoot a murder investigation, their media presence tends to bury any actual clues beneath an avalanche of irrelevant mud.

Seana
Seana

I would agree that all violent crime has some element of hatred. This particular case shows how those elements can be "amped up" to insanely high levels by the perpetrator, the public and potentially by the people who are supposed to seek justice on behalf of the public. 1) Ms. Bates was transgender. 2) Ms. Bates performed sex work. 3) Ms. Bates was from another town and part of the country.There is a Trifecta of reasons for discrimination and denial of justice. This is not new ground for the Trans and LGB community, at all.How the perpetrator viewed those facts is pretty clear. The Press has reported those facts in isolation, in effect "othering" Ms. Bates. What I mean by that is simply that local people reading the story can conclude based on the only criteria given, " This was not one of us... This is not a priority." Local Law Enforcement Agencies, often extremely sensitive to the local political authority's perception of the local public's views, might be less inclined to put resources into a solving a crime perpetrated on such an "outsider". I doubt Federal involvement will adversely affect the investigation. I fail to see how extra sets of eyes and brains considering available evidence can be damaging to anything, except perhaps some egos. Let me be clear: I want local law enforcement to be successful; but experience has taught me that skepticism is warranted in cases like this.

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