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This Day in History: Humboldt Triple Homicide – Brandon Teena, Phillip DeVine & Lisa Lambert murder 12/31/1993 Humboldt, NE

3 Humboldt victims

Victims
Brandon Teena/Teena Renae Brandon, 21
Phillip DeVine, 22
Lisa Lambert, 24

Find-A-Grave: Lisa Marie Lambert
Find-A-Grave: Brandon Teena
Find-A-Grave: Phillip DeVine
The Humboldt Murders
Woman Who Posed As a Man Is Found Slain With 2 Others
Cross-Dresser Killed Two Weeks After Town Learned Her True Identity
Brandon Teena murder trial 1995
Wikipedia: Brandon Teena
Reel Faces
Nissen: ‘I am the person who shot and stabbed Teena Brandon’
Brandon Teena: Anatomy of A Murder
John L. Lotter v Robert Houston, Warden 2011 (habeas corpus denied)
Federal judge calls John Lotter’s death penalty challenge ‘meritless’
Man on death row in ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ case is engaged to be married
Murderpedia: John Lotter

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house where the murders took place

Books
All She Wanted

Movies/Documentaries
Boys Don’t Cry
The Brandon Teena Story
American Justice: The Life and Death of Teena Brandon

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36 Responses

  1. It should not matter whats somebody’s sexuality is you should not take a life. So now the people responsible must do life behind bars. She was your friend don’t you feel bad?

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  2. Maxine,

    Your comments confuse me. Who are you talking to?

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  3. tom and john are so wrong for what they did. no matter wut she said she was and wut she did was none of there business. thats what gets people in trouble these days because they just dont wana stay to there selves and leave people alone. if she liked girls then thats her and her partner’s business not nobody else’s not even the mothers because they was grown women. i hope tom and john get wut they deserve for harming a innocent person. i just got done watching that movie; boys dont cry and why in the hell would you kill your friend right infront of her child then kill someone just because they dont like men…nuthn but sick bastard!!!! **GOD FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY DONT KNO WUT THEY HAVE DONE**

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  4. so wrong thats all i can say

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  5. Those two murdering rapists were probably into men themselves while they were/are rotting in prison…or should I say that men were into them. May they rot in hell!

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  6. I prayed daily that no other person has to go through that.
    I just watched the movie and I’m just numb!!!!!
    People have the right—-to be with whom they DAMN WELL pleases…..I pray that John & Tom who committed the murder….Learn from this– Also I’m hoping as they went in jails as males—They’re are being treated as females—Bust em wide open in the back!!

    I will continue to keep BRANDON’S family and friends in my prayers…..
    STAND FOR SOMETHING OR YOU’LL FALL FOR ANYTHING!!!!!

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  7. I just recently saw the movie Boys Don’t Cry and is going to watch the documentary on Brandon Teena. I think it is a very sad and tragic story. I cried just at the end of the movie and I wish it never happened. People in life can be so cruel. Brandon Teena chose to live as a boy instead of a girl and nobody accepted that. It actually made me change of what I think of transgendered people too which is why I liked the movie so much. Brandon Teena will always stay in my thoughts.

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  8. i felt so heart-broken after watching Boys Don’t Cry. i don’t think Brandon deserved to die. she did nothing wrong nor harm to anyone. as a mother, i feel so deeply sad that nobody accepted her as a HE. whatever became of her was not her fault. she must be respected for her choice, although morally, i don’t agree on same sex relationships but it is not enough reason to be raped or killed. just let people like them live happily for as long as they dont bother anyone.

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  9. I have visited brandons grave site many times and cried for him. It makes me sick that his own mother decided not to go along with his wishes to be a man, even after death. His headstone says his legal name and “loving daughter, sister, and friend.” His mother spit in his face even after his death, this is what he was raped and murdered for-because someone couldnt handle him wanting to be just that HIM. I am in his same position, i however have transitioned fully and noone has any idea. I wish I could have known him in life as well as I know him in death, perhaps he would have lived and been able to know that he could be a “normal” man and life could be good. My heart hurts for him. Brandon, I will see you again my friend, coming to nebraska in september and am promising you a visit. Rest well my friend.
    In memory,
    Gabe

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    • Hi Gabe, I find the house where the scene Humboldt Nebraska Teena Brandon, I would like to go on holiday to Lincoln to visit his grave.
      I’m from the U.S., but it hit me really hard.
      I searched everywhere on the internet until I found your post.
      Answer me? Thank you Jana..

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    • You’re wonderful and I respect you to the fullest for that

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  10. I have seen the movie “Boys don’t Cry”, and I have read
    “All She Wanted”. I feel that Teena Brandon was misunderstood from the beginning. Her mother should have stood by her no matter what and gotten the proper help for her when she first started noticing things going wrong. I think that people that suffer sexual identity crisis need lots of love, patience and help. It is hard enough being homosexual, but to then honestly feel that you are “trapped” in the wrong body (or sexuality) must be torture. How sad that Brandon felt he had no one to talk to , no support. How sad that after he suffered that brutal rape, his own family did not immediately drop everything to be there for him. Being raped is the most degrading, humiliating thing that can happen to someone. His mother and sister should have come there to be by his side or taken him out of that scumhole town right away. That sheriff that “questioned” him so insensitively should have been fired on the spot for behaving in such a way. Human beings can be so cruel to each other. All Teena Brandon needed was someone to fully accept him and love him. It is something that we all deserve, as human beings. I have 2 teenage children, a boy and a girl and if either of them expressed any questions/concerns/problems with their sexual preference or sexual identity I would help them deal with it no matter how much time, or expense or effort it took. Because I love them and want them to be happy, no matter what they choose to be or who they choose to love. It’s a shame that Brandon wasn’t shown the same. My heart breaks for him.

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  11. maybe people shouldnt believe everything they hear, or see. Unless you were there how is there anyway possible that you know what happened. How can you sit there and judge the people involved. you people make me SICK! Yes it was wrong for what happened there is no excuse for that, but being someone living in this town and being someone that has heard every story from every person, and having to deal with what people say about our town makes me sick! Tom and John were not the best people we all know that i was little and i know that, Tisdle and all of them wernt either but if you think for one second that you know the entire story youre nuts. There is more than what meets the eye and for you to sit there and think you know what went on and judge is makes me sick.

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  12. Justmaybe nobody is judging your town they are judging the actions of the two men that Killed Brandon ! even if they were judging the town nothing anyone could do would make it all right to kill another human! My prays are with those who loved Brandon, I also pray for his mother, yes she in ways was wrong to not put his name on the headstone but then sometimes parents just cant let go and move on. I just hope that for every person this story has helped they will remember Brandon!

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  13. Tom and John were sick freaks that were scared of their OWN sexuality. Why else would they rape Brandon before, during and after they constantly stated the fact how much they hate “fags”. No, I wasn’t there, but those assholes WERE convicted, and I hope they spend the rest of their miserable lives behind bars.
    RIP Brandon Teena. Your story has touched me, and I will never forget you.

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  14. I don’t try to pretend I know everything about what happened in that town, but I do know that taking a person’s life for what ever reason is wrong. Lotter and Nissen are rotting in prison and they deserve no less. As for what Brandon was and did that was no one’s business but his own and whoever he was with. I say he because that is what he wanted to be…not she. I don’t know or pretend to know what makes a transgender person what he or she is, but I do know they are a whole lot happier if they are just left alone to live their lives. How would you like it if someone harrassed you all the time and even killed you for being “normal”?

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  15. Oh yea…are people living in that farmhouse in Humboldt??

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  16. I hope those bastards rot in hell for what they did to Brandon. He did not nothing wrong to them so they should of not done what they did. I’m gay myself and it is no one’s buisness. homphobics need to rot in hell because they are bad people and sometimes murderers.

    god bless in the memory of brandon teena

    all i want to know is why kill an innocent life?

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  17. It really hurt me to see something like that… no one should ever have that kind of hate for some one to make them do that…. i believe that teena brandon should still be here and she will always live in my heart

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  18. Aw:-( I remember this case. It was so senseless. The movie made me cry. Especially the killing of a mother in front of her baby. R.i.p. To all the victims.

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  19. Brandon Teena …..if you come back from heaven
    I love you Brandon

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  20. it was wrong 4 tom and john 2 kill that girl all she was trying 2 do is be a man and stop being a women and live a normal life i want 2 vist that house were she got killed just 2 know.i hope those 2 rot in hell 4 all i care.teena brandon will in my heart even if i didnt even know her R.I.P.teena brandon.

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  21. All of your comments are stupid. And they are stupid because the theme here is not Brandon Teena’s Sexuality. These two guys murdered him and the two people with him because they were ex convicts, they were delinquents. The part that should be revised carefully is the previous assault Brandon Teena had to experience! They humilliated her, beat her and raped her and yet she was the one who had to hide. This is about a call to the authorities, to the law and more importantly, to the society in order to create a consciousness about homophobic acts. In the early 80’s this was a horrible situation and it still is. I think the gay community must raise its voice in the name of victims like Brandon Teena. And non-gay people should be punished towards homophobic attitudes. This particular case was exposed and caused great disturbance. But what about all those cases that don’t appear in the paper and continue to happen? Do we have to wait until another innocent teenager get murdered in order to have him listened? Let’s not forget that homophobia is still a factor in our society but yet a man that has intercourse with a lot of woman is celebrated. Why don’t we look at them with despice?

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  22. I just wanted to say that i watched the movie 2 times and it was terrible.
    At the first one i didn’t exactly watch, wanted to see Hillary as a man, but i knew it was a true story.
    some months later i got it again from blockbuster and watched… as i said… terrible.
    i know the world is not perfect, i know the violence is everywhere and that nowadays people kill people for nothing… but what these 2 motherfuckers have done was more than insane and cruel.
    My god… it seems surreal!
    I cried… it touched me deep inside.
    so much that i started looking for Brandon Teena on the net and gathered all the information that i could about her and her case.
    I hope them to rot in the jail.
    should pray to both of them to die… but death would be good enough!
    I want them to rot there! being raped by many men until the last day of their fucking and disgusting lives!!!!

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  23. john and tom were scared of brandon being different. but it looks like tom and john better not drop the soap. no one deserveres what they did to brandon they are punks that should have the shit beat out of them. the dealth penlty is an ez way out for john let him rot in jail. i think that people like john and tom should be pistol whipped and lefted for dead. y should they live their lives when they did not let brandon. R.I.P. brandon the world loves you.

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  24. I watched the Boys dont cry movie
    today in my psychology class, it was a
    very hard to sit and watch what happend
    to him. When i came home i did more research
    on Brandon, and it is so very sad. I can not
    believe what they did, so awful. Brandon
    did nothing wrong but be himself, and he got
    killed for it. its disgusting. people who can not
    accept people who are different should have
    to live a week in their shoes and go through
    the discrimination they have to go through.
    then maybe people wouldnt be so ignorant.
    RIP Brandon, even though you are not here
    today, people are learning from the horrid things done to you. I wish i could have known you, you seem like a really good person.

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  25. Watched the film today and was totally disgusted by how those two mindless thugs treated brandon..he was in a relationship with a woman who knew his situation…God will judge them!

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  26. How can you judge people when you don’t know the real “facts”. You are all going on about the movie and how awful it was but the movie did not deal with facts. There is so much more to this than meets the eye. Tom Nissen has made a statement admitting to killing all three – he said that John Lotter did not do it.
    Teena’s mother has stated that she does not want her daughter to be known as Brandon. Why can’t you people respect that?

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    • Brandon should be remembered as Brandon because that’s who HE was. It is him people should respect it was Brandons choice to live his life as a man. Brandons mother wanting this is irrelevant… her wanting him remembered and referred to as her shows her lack of respect for her SON!

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    • 1st of all,who the hell is judging thm,u or ya town? The question is who n the hell gave Lottter or Nissan the rite ta judge & kill? I didn’t knw God was accepting applications.. Actions Speak Volumes…

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    • Nissan,Lotter, beat & raped Brandon,when they learned she was female & told him he would be silenced if he went & told the police.. (FACT)….Brandon filed a complaint with the police. Daysss later the sheriff’s dept question’s both Lotter,Nissan..(FACT)….Lana Tisdel,mother informed Lotter,Nissen,that Brandon,told authority’s what happened ta him..(FACT)….Lotter,Nissen,both plotted 2 kill Brandon.. (FACT)….Dec 31 1993 both Lotter,Nissen,went to Tisdel’s,house looking for Brandon. Lana,mother once again gave the 2 infomation about Brandon. Told thm he was staying at Lisa Lambert 633 Ave 105 Humboldt Nebraska.. (FACT)….John Lotter,Tom Nissen,went there & shot Lisa Lambert,Phillip Devine,Brandon Teena..(FACT)….ACTIONS SPEAK VOLUMES..(FACT)….

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  27. its sad for all 3 victims who were friends trying to enjoy the christmas holidays at home since there was nothing to do just sitting eating popcorn and drinking sodas not knowing hours later after they lovingly put baby tanner to bed then all goign to sleep aropund midnight or so to be woken up by intruders kicking in the front door and eventually all 3 were killed shortly after one another im 35 yrs this put tears to my eyes about all 3 especially lisa getting killed in front of tanner after they allowed her to put the baby in the crib sadly she was found sitting up in in the bed, brandon laying on the opposite side of the bed and the guy found in the living room. i dont what to say to this but only heart felt sympathy for all those families touched by this in real life or or people researching it.

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  28. Let me just say this: I am a lesbian and I have met a few transgendered people….Tom and John had NO right to rape and kill Brandon. Yes, I think we can all agree that it was a bad move to tell your friends you are a man if you aren’t, but transgendered people are SUPPOSED TO live as the gender they identify themselves as! Unfortunately, this confuses people who are not used to it, and sometimes it pisses off the WRONG kind of people who are ignorant and violent! Brandon was in a tough situation because being born a female yet FEELING like a man was part of life for Brandon…Brandon was advised by a therapist to live as a male if that was most comfortable. Unfortunately, Brandon had later made some dangerous friends who viewed this lifestyle as being a liar and a fake friend to them…Also, writing bad checks is stealing, and Brandon did that and it pissed people off as well. In many other states, these things happen and that person gets punched maybe or people stop talking to each other as a result, but no murder and rape has to take place over it!…. In the end, Brandon did NOT deserve to be raped or killed. There was no reason why Tom and John couldn’t have simply left Brandon alone and never spoke again. You don’t kill someone just because you don’t like the way he or she is choosing to live their lives. And then to kill Lisa and Philip shows even more lack of respect for human life because they murdered those other 2 people just to try covering up their crime and having no other witnesses. They are EVIL, HEARTLESS people who ruined not only those 3 people’s lives, but also the lives of their loved ones, as well as their OWN families. Do they think their relatives are happy with the world looking at all of them like trash? Do they think of how sad it is to have a relative behind bars for beating up someone, raping that person and then murdering three human beings in front of a baby? Tom and John hated the FACT that someone born as a female knew better than any man how to please women sexually and how to make them happy in a relationship. It deflated their fragile male egos to see a woman dressed as a male and still got more pussy than they did, AND it took a woman to really touch another woman’s soul and make them all hot in bed. Most guys just can’t seem to cut the mustard or even like the jar!…… Tom and John were deeply disgusted by the fact that they felt lied to, deceived and they also hated the fact that Brandon was born a female yet had no sexual or romantic desire for males. THAT seemed to bother them and insult them to the point of forcing intercourse on someone who did not want it. Perhaps to them, it satisfied them to know that they forced heterosexual sex without a choice, and it was also a statement of reminding Brandon who had the penis and who had the vagina. It was about a power trip and violence. But you know what? NO MAN can make a woman enjoy his penis. SORRY. It just doesn’t work no matter what. Tom and John returned to kill Brandon when they knew this was becoming a legal matter where they would face prison time. They discussed murdering Brandon and carried it out. It really doesn’t matter who pulled the trigger and which one used the knife. They both participated in this murder as grown men, not children. They were aware of what they were doing and had a motive. John stole a gun just for the purpose of killing Brandon. One of them drove to that farmhouse with the knowledge and intent to commit murder in cold blood. This happened after days of stalking Brandon, raping and depantsing/beating Brandon. They were both on Brandon for days and then stalked him until murdering him in a farmhouse in the middle of the night… Let them both never have freedom or ever experience love or happiness ever again. They do not deserve to walk among the rest of the world. I hope they think it was worth it. I hope they learn WHY it was so wrong to do the monstrous things they did and the pain and irreparable damage they have caused so many people. Including Tanner.

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  29. I find it to be sick that someone or many people kill people cuz of race or sexuality purposes….those men dont deserve to be let out of prison…..the only way they get out is in body bags….r.i.p brandon…..u will always be an angel weather ur a girl or boy….it doesnt matter what u are…god put her/him on this earth for a reason ….i dont have any issue with gays lesbians or transgendered people….im am so mad that u would kill someone cuz they want to love someone of the same sex….get a life and leave them alone.. Remember matthew shepard….he was killed cuz he was gay…and that really angered me…nuff said here….rest in peace brandon and watch over all ur loved ones

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