The Ed Buck story is much much worse than that news story implies. Buck was a vicious sexual predator for many decades. I probably first heard the stories about 30 years ago but did not pay much attention as its a given that any high profile gay political activist who pulls media stunts like Buck did is a vicious predatory psychopath. That always been an 100% iron clad rule in San Francisco.
Buck was the prime force in the LA Stonewall Democratic Club which has been at the center of the gay political mafia for many decades and has been a dominant force in LA Democratic politics since organized labor collapsed in the region in the 1990’s. When most industry left the area. You have a better chance of surviving intact a run in with the LA narcos than with Stonewall people. They will try to destroy totally anyone who crosses them. Which is why journalists went quite on the scandals after the 1980’s. The Scientologists are nice and fluffy in comparison with these people.
Buck was at the center of a group of senior Dem pols such as Adam Schiff, either gay or bought with Bucks money, who knew and covered up Bucks long history of vicious physical abuse and murder. There are various stories of how long Buck had been killing or trying to kill rough trade or street junkies but almost two decades sounds about right. The only reasons the latest killings came to trial is because the usual string pulling and coverup by his friends was botched. No other reason. If the cover up had happened like all the others in the past the bodies would have just been dumped somewhere like the High Desert and that would have been the end of it.
Bucks usual method of abuse was to pick up groups of young men to party. The wannabes, the street hustlers, rough trade etc. There would be a big party with endless drugs etc but as the night progressed Buck and his side kicks would identify the victims. Young men with no local ties etc or street trash. People who could be abused any way Buck wanted and then disposed of if they caused trouble. Or in recent times. Just tortured to death by being given a very deliberate overdose and then the body dumped somewhere Buck and his friends really got off on watching people die in great suffering.
And for the people who survived the abuse and tried to “cause trouble”. Bucks political and gay friends in power took care of that. And if the victims did not get the message. They disappeared.
No one knows exactly how many men Buck murdered or had murdered. But at least 10 to 15 looks like a good starting point.