Social media history of Julie Berman’s alleged killer paints a complicated picture

The homicide of transgender activist Julie Berman last week in Toronto remains under investigation but her death has sent shockwaves across Canada, leading to a torrent of rumours and speculation.

Colin Harnack, a 29-year-old Toronto resident, was charged with second-degree murder but his relationship to Berman and the LGBT community is still unknown. While Berman’s death has largely been interpreted by activists and politicians, including Toronto Mayor John Tory, as a transphobic hate crime, Harnack’s extensive social media posts complicate that narrative. 

Harnack’s social media activity is mainly focused on his musical endeavours and appears to have dwindled over the last year. However, a number of posts indicate support for left-wing positions, including LGBT rights. Harnack himself specifically declined to identify with a gender in some posts. 

In one post on Instagram from 2017, he shared a photograph of an “all-gender restroom” sign and used the hashtags #lgbt, #bewhoyouwanttobe, #love and others. In an older post, he poses in a female Indian dress.

In one video published in February 2019 on YouTube, Harnack superimposes his face on both male and female bodies and includes a number of spiritual images connected to the Indigenous community. He has numerous other posts on his Facebook expressing criticism of colonialism.

One of his musical covers posted on YouTube is of the song “Gay Rude Boys Unite,” by the anti-homophobia, anti-racist radical punk band Leftöver Crack. 

Of the few social media friends linked to Harnack’s Facebook is the owner of a women’s clothing shop which sells “breast forms” and caters to the trans and fetish communities. 

According to new information provided to The Post Millennial, Toronto Police detective Rob Choe says that Berman and Harnack met the day of the incident and spent time socializing together before the attack occurred. Choe was unable to confirm whether or not the two had become intimate and said police are still investigating.

The Post Millennial was unable to reach Harnack for comment and it is unknown if he has a lawyer.

Violence Against Women: Man Had His Pregnant Girlfriend Murdered Because She Refused to Have an Abortion

An ex-Austin police officer, who was extradited from Indonesia where he fled in 2015, pled guilty to having Samantha Dean, his pregnant girlfriend, murdered when she refused to abort their child.

VonTrey Clark will be sentenced to life in prison without parole. The prosecution had sought the death penalty.

Clark had pled not guilty for years.

Witnesses said he offered $5,000 to have Samantha Dean murdered.

He read his confession Monday in open court packed with the Dean family and supporters.

Clark, a former Austin police officer, “had plead not guilty in the 2015 shooting death of Samantha Dean, a Kyle Police Department crime victims counselor who was seven months pregnant with his child,” the Austin Statesman reported. “Clark was charged with capital murder five months after authorities found Dean’s body with three fatal gunshot wounds behind a vacant office building in Bastrop County.”

Taylor Dean, Samantha Dean’s younger sister, spoke directly to Clark.

“The one person that I can turn to for moral advice or support is gone, thanks to you,” Taylor Dean said. “You stole my favorite person.

“But that’s not all. You stole an innocent child, you stole my niece. It’s incredible that someone so small could bring so much joy,” she went on. “You stole our future memories, too.”

IDF attacks Hamas targets in Gaza

IDF fighter jets and helicopters on Wednesday night attacked several targets belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, including military complexes belonging to the organization.

The attack was carried out in retaliation for the rocket fire from Gaza towards Israeli territory on Wednesday evening, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said.

“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip and it will face the consequences for actions against Israeli citizens,” it added.

“Red color” air raid sirens were sounded on Wednesday evening in Gaza border towns.

Local residents reported seeing a number of Iron Dome intercepts over the city, but the IDF said only one rocket was intercepted.

The sirens sounded while Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a speech at a Likud gathering in Ashkelon. The Prime Minister was escorted off the stage and taken immediately to a bomb shelter.

“The person who fired at us last time is not with us,” Netanyahu said afterwards, in a reference to senior Islamic Jihad leader Baha Abu Al Ata who was eliminated by Israel in November.

“The one who fired now should start packing his belongings,” he added.

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