Luis Morales, now called Synthia China Blast, is a man who identifies as a woman. He is incarcerated in New York State for the rape and murder of 13-year-old Ebony Williams. He is supported by both the Sylvia Rivera Law Center and Laverne Cox. Cox asked SRLP to remove a video featuring Cox reading Blast’s story when Cox “realized” that Morales is a child rapist and killer. You can view the video:
Blast did, in fact, rape a 13-year-old girl.
On November 4, 1996, Morales was convicted by a jury in Supreme Court, Bronx County, of Murder in the Second Degree (New York Penal Law § 125.25) and Manslaughter in the First Degree (New York Penal Law § 125.20). Morales had been tried in a joint trial with co-defendant Carlos Franco (“Franco”). As a second felony offender, Morales was sentenced to concurrent, indeterminate terms of imprisonment of from twenty-five years to life on the murder count and from twelve and one-half to twenty-five years on the manslaughter count.
The evidence presented at Morales’s trial convinced the jury that on August 22, 1993, in an apartment located at 971 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, New York, Morales raped and beat 13-year-old Ebony Williams while Franco delivered a fatal blow to her neck. The crux of the State’s case against Morales was the testimony of four different eyewitnesses, all of whom identified Morales as one of the murderers and some of whom described how they helped Morales dispose of the body. While no forensic evidence was recovered that definitively tied Morales to the murder, blood-stained linoleum tiles and sofa fabric found in the apartment-which had been a hangout for Morales, Franco and several of the eyewitnesses-matched that of the victim.
The writ of habeas corpus was denied. This means a court found that Morales’ incarceration is LAWFUL.
Morales has also filed lawsuits while incarcerated to be permitted to practice his religion and for treatment of gender identity disorder. He also claims to have been sexually assaulted while incarcerated by correctional officials. You can read those court documents at the links that follow. Blast seems to be a prolific prison litigator, which makes sense when you are serving a long sentence for raping and killing a child and have nothing but time to kill now.