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Police: Transgender Prostitute Nabbed In Omni Hotel Murder-Arson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police have made an arrest in the murder of a Thorndale, Pa. man whose body was discovered after a fire at a posh Old City Philadelphia hotel.

Authorities say a transgender prostitute, Herman Burton, who has an extensive criminal history, was arrested in connection to the death of 49-year-old Patrick Brady.

“He was arrested in the 1200 block of Spruce Street without incident by the homicide detectives. Still in his possession were some of the items taken from the decedent,” said Philadelphia homicide captain James Clark on Thursday.

According to police, Brady had been robbed, beaten, and strangled. Police say the hotel surveillance video shows Brady checking into the hotel Friday evening.

Capt. Clark explained, “Sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning, he led an unidentified male into his room. For whatever reason, there was an extreme physical altercation inside of the room.”

At a news conference, police identified that male as Burton.

“We don’t know how it got the point where he entered the room. We don’t know was it a prior contact? Was it a phone call? Only thing we know is that at some point, the defendant showed up at his room, was obviously led in, there was no force through the door,” Capt. Clark said.

Saturday morning, Brady’s body was found in an eighth-floor room of the Omni Hotel, at 4th and Chestnut Streets. Police say the room was intentionally set ablaze by Burton to cover up the crime.

The entire 14-story building was evacuated but the fire was confined to Brady’s room.

Brady, who worked in the information technology department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, would at times stay at the Omni Hotel instead of commuting back home to Chester County. He leaves behind a wife and a nine-year-old daughter.

Reported by Elizabeth Hur, CBS 3

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    This is just one case there are far more married or claimed to be straight men that has frequent encounters with transgender prostitutes. This internet world just makes it much easier to locate them by have sites that are dedicated to such filthiness such as craigslist and These men create secret email accounts, protected user names on family computers and block cell phone accounts from being accessed to conceal their true lifestyle. Down low men are selfish individual that put innocent lives in the same line of danger that they place themselves in. Pretending they are still at “work”, out with friends or just doing some recreation alone but they are really on secret dates with transsexuals. One thing is certain there’s no cure from “being gay”, once the lifestyle is explored it remains. Though this man’s death was unfortunate, that sneaky lifestyle eventually catches up to you. I will keep this woman and her child in prayer this story is too close to home. As mothers we must keep our children protected first.

    • Courtney

      ummm because transwomen are women, it makes the men who want to be with them straight.

      • Angelap

        bye boy!

    • 2cents4u

      @malikahluv you are correct as you put it however don’t be so quick to judge if a person can rehabilitate from this behavior also this is the common thing to still frown upon but truth is that lesbenism is more widespread you have two kids by a man known to have been with this type of person yet you kept relations with him and still would if he wanted you so I suppose everyone should take a look in the proverbial window…..

  • KADO

    At the time that she was known as Herman Burton, there had been a history of behaviors associated with prostitution from the time she was a minor. He has been in gender transition since she was about 13 and it seems as if his history is more with prostitution and theft but not with violence. I don’t doubt that there are many corporate men who carry on affairs outside of their typical and known life and outside of their typical and “identified” lifestyle. The question is, what had driven the alleged attacker to the point that she would have to cause physical harm? Everyday, people fall victim to attacks and threats, especially those of the GLBTQ population…………. Where is her side of the story and why does the media continue to show ignorance by identifying this identified woman by her given name. Does she look like her name is Herman? The surface ignorance of this case alone reminds me of the ignorance that comes along with the Stacey (House of Blahnik) Lee case. The fact is, there are two sides and an unfortunate loss of a life.

  • Erin

    I don’t know why people are acting like it’s such a surprise.. Married guys & “straight” guys in denial are always picking up the tranny trash around that area. Trying to convince themselves if they pick up a chick with a dick it doesn’t make them gay. I feel for his family but the guy had it coming to him & shouldn’t have been creeping around in the first place.

    • Courtney

      I’m a transsexual woman and my husband isn’t gay…. many of these transsexual sex workers feel like they have no other choice but to do this line of work because people like you think we’re all trash and can’t get a job elsewhere.

      • rachel

        Fact: He/She is still a murderer.

  • sam

    What explains your inability to use “they’re” instead of “there”??

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  • E. A. Lynch

    It’s disgusting that the media couldn’t have had a little respect and decency for the deceased widow and 9 yr old child. How do they expect them to live any kind of normal life in that small Chester County community

    • greg

      You kidding! Right. You talk about decency? Why is a married Chester County man getting a hotel in Philadelphia and inviting trany, prostitutes into his hotel room? Don’t blame the media.

  • June

    How come hardly anyone is blaming the victim like they do in all the rape stories? You know, when a woman is just minding her own business and walking after 7pm, people blame her.

    When it’s a man victim, it’s all good, even when he HIRED A PROSTITUTE!

    • Courtney

      transwomen are shes not hes.

      • Pat

        Not according to DNA

  • cruella

    It doesn’t matter if it was a transgendered prostitute, a male or female. A human being brutally took the life of another human being and now his wife and daughter are left to pick up the pieces.




  • Kathy

    It doesn’t matter why or how. And none of us have the right to judge, guess or assume. All that matters is that he was beaten, robbed, murdered and his family and friends will miss him.

  • Red Rambler

    RE: Mike Hunt’s comment:

    “You live this sort of lifestyle, you see what can happen.”
    Are you out of your tiny little mind?

  • Mike Hunt

    You live this sort of lifestyle, you see what can happen.

    • KittyGirl

      ALL people have a right to live whatever lifestyle they want to..that doesn’t mean that they are all the same! A straight white person or a straight black person could of done the same thing…which they have in the the news sometimes…EVERYONE KILLS…not just the transgender persons!

  • GM

    Their job is to report the news! It was a murder! The public needs to know what is going on!


    Now thats a GUILTY face.

  • Jerod

    Maybe that person just rushed in the room behind him and did this to him? You should wait to hear the outcome of the investigation before jumping to conclusions.

  • Zen

    Could the victum have had his room broken into by the assalant? They probably have hotel video. Don’t be so quick to judge!

  • Ree

    Shame on the media? No, shame on this man for putting his family through hell. Decency? Where was HIS decency? He didn’t think of his poor wife and daughter! The news media is doing their job.

  • Pat

    Just how many readers needed to know that this family man had a hidden life. He is gone but both wife and child now has to live with this. Shame on the news media rushing to print this aweful news. isn’t there any decency left?

  • kathy

    shame on you for publishing this…Think about the poor wife and daughter of the victim Shame on you news people

    • april james

      … we must wait for this one since all the facts are not in …

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