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81-Year-Old Suspect Allegedly Killed 65-Year-Old Lover, a Relative, in 'Sadomasochistic' Mishap

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday May 21, 2020

81-year-old suspect Alan Bischof
81-year-old suspect Alan Bischof  (Source:Screen cap /

An 81-year-old man is now the suspect in the death of a younger relative resulting from head injuries that the victim had initially reported to police were inflicted by a trio of unknown assailants.

The victim, 65-year-old Craig LaMell, conspired with Alan Bischoff, who reports say actually delivered the beating, to deceive the authorities because LaMell's injuries were the result of sadomasochistic sex that went too far, media outlets said.

British newspaper the Daily Mail reported that LaMell had sustained head injuries on Nov. 7, 2019. LaMell died less than a month later.

LaMell, a Houston resident, had reported an attack to police, claiming that three men had assaulted him as he was walking near his home. An investigation into those claims turned up nothing - and, as subsequent developments indicated, that was because the story was false.

The New York Daily News reports that emails found on a work computer used by Bischof revealed that the two men - who were reportedly related, though the exact nature of that relationship was not disclosed - had been lovers embroiled in sadomasochism.

The beating LaMell suffered was at his own request, reports local news station Click2Houston. The news station also reported that:

In one of the documents recovered from Bischof's computer, he wrote "that he and LaMell had a sexual relationship, that they engaged in sadomasochistic behavior, and that leading up to and on the day of the initial assault, November 7, 2019, LaMell had requested Bischof to assault him," according to court records.

Court records say that Bischof had punched LaMell repeatedly in the head, causing "a large cut... over the decedent's eye," the article added.

The news outlet contacted Bischof, who outlined what the next steps in the case would be:

"I have to be taken down to the bondsman. I have an attorney I'm going to be setting up. It's going to be later this week or next week before I'm prepared to talk."

Though the two men were reportedly relatives, reports did not specify in what way they were related.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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