The Sporadic Beaver

Cold Case II: Police Seek Information on Gay Man's 1991 Murder

May 26, 2018

Tags: Bill Bottiggi, Swank Publications, Gay City News, Beaver Street

In Beaver Street and on this blog, I've written about the 1991 murder of Bill Bottiggi, a former co-worker at Swank Publications. Three years ago I said that the suspect was in custody and "his DNA matched the DNA found on clothing he'd left at the scene of the murder." This proved not to be true and the suspect was released.

But the cold case squad continued to do their work, and the other day the headline, “Police Seek Information on Gay Man’s 1991 Murder,” appeared in Gay City News. The story is about the life and death of Bottiggi. You can read it here.

The police are asking anybody with information about the crime to call 800-577-TIPS. There’s a $2,500 reward if that information leads to the suspect’s arrest and conviction.

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  1. May 27, 2018 2:38 PM EDT
    But what about the information I learned (from you, I think, or perhaps it was Irv O. Neil?) about Bill's soliciting sex letters from prisoners and not paying them after publication? Is that still true? Is it still a possible factor in his murder?
    - Erich von Pauli
  2. May 27, 2018 2:53 PM EDT
    That was was one theory among many and it's mentioned in the article. Apparently they're not considering it at this time.
    - Robert Rosen