Claudia Brenner & Rebecca Wight

In May of 1988, Rebecca Wight and Claudia Brenner were spending a romantic weekend camping and hiking along the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania’s Michaux State Forest. After an encounter with a stranger when Rebecca used an outhouse at their first campsite, they decided to hike further down the trail for more privacy.

During their hike to their second location, they encountered the same man, this time with a gun casually laid across his shoulders; they didn't assume too much other than he was a drifter or hunter and everyone went their own way.

After finding a nice secluded hollow, four miles from the closest road, they setup camp and thinking they were alone, they started to be intimate. Without warning, Claudia and Rebecca would find themselves under fire. Eight shots range out, and in a few moments, Claudia would have been shot five times and Rebecca twice.

Unable to walk, Rebecca told Claudia to keep the pressure on her wounds and go get help. Claudia hiked four miles to the nearest road and found a ride to the local police station.

Rebecca died that night in the forest, Claudia survived and Stephen Roy Carr, who shot the two women because “he was enraged by the sight of two women having sex” and that the “two women taunted him by having sex in front of him” was caught in 10 days.

Tonight we will take you through Rebecca and Claudia’s story and how Claudia devoted herself to fighting anti-gay bias and became and advocate for the advancement of anti-hate legislation.

In the Hollow (mini doc):

BBC Radio Interview w/ Claudia:

Article Mentioned:

***Remember to stay tuned after the outro to hear from our pod friends at Mirths and Monsters!!***




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