“A ‘green’ activist who was a pioneering lawyer for gay and transgender rights — including in the notorious ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ rape murder case — committed suicide by setting himself on fire Saturday morning in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in a grisly act of protest against the ecological destruction of the Earth.
David Buckel, 60, left behind a charred corpse and a typed suicide note that said he was burning himself to death using ‘fossil fuel’ to reflect how mankind was likewise killing itself, police sources said.
He left the note in a manila envelope marked ‘To The Police,’ recovered from inside a black metal pushcart he discarded at the scene.
‘Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result,’ Buckel wrote in his note, which he also sent to the New York Times.
‘My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.’
As a senior attorney with Lambda Legal defense, Buckel was a lead lawyer in a 2000 lawsuit on behalf of transgender ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ rape-murder victim Brandon Teena, helping the family recover additional damages from neglectful Nebraska law enforcement.”