Sophie Lancaster

In August 2007, Sophie Lancaster was brutally attacked and beaten simply because she looked different.  She later died from her injuries.

Over three years later, people still remember Sophie Lancaster and what happened to her.

Two new books are out.

In “Weirdo, Mosher, Freak:  The Murder of Sophie Lancaster,”  Catherine Smyth, the first reporter on the scene, writes about the crime and its impact on the community where it occurred:

While relating the horrific nature of the attack, Smyth also focuses on the good to rise from evil – a town rallying in support of a stricken family, a mother showing incredibly dignity and, most important of all, a campaign launched to inform the world of the grave dangers of intolerance. As one banner carried at a parade in memory of Sophie proclaimed: ‘Hate is easy – love takes courage’.  [source]

In “Never Again,” 23 authors of weird fiction wrote stories in response to the murder of Sophie Lancaster and hate crimes in general.

A portion of the proceeds of each of these books will be donated to The Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

~ by siouxsielaw on November 17, 2010.

5 Responses to “Sophie Lancaster”

  1. Have you seen the Portishead video dedicated to her? It is haunting.

  2. I think the video Nigel is referring to is the one on the Sophie Lancaster Foundation website. I embedded the video in my latest blog post. There is also a “Behind the Scenes” documentary about the video ( It’s worth checking out. Thanks for letting us know about these two new books.

  3. Illamasqua has a link as well:
    It also lists several ways to support the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
    Thanks for posting about these books – I hope that we continue to see a move towards tolerance and acceptance of individuality. Being reminded of what happened to these two young people only serves to underscore the importance of getting that message out.

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