Anyone familiar about this case? The guy was gay. They just made a film about this. Politicians are now involved in trying to find him.
Aeryn Gillern was born on April 28, 1973 at Elmira, New York, the son of Kathryn Gilleran (born 1952). In June 1991 he graduated from Groton High School in Groton, New York. In 1997 Gillern graduated the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology. From 1997 to 1998 Gillern attended the seminary at Graz-Seckau (Austria). In 1999, Gillern received a Master of Arts with honors in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville. In 2003 he was appointed by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna (Austria) committed as a research assistant.
In September 2007 he flew home to his mother, Kathryn Gilleran in Cortland, New York, to visit his family for ten days. His mother was planning to sell their house and move to Vienna to study with her son. On October 27, 2007 Kathy phoned her son and talked to him for the last time. He disappeared two days later.
Kathy Gillern's son Aeryn disappeared in Vienna on October 29, 2007. The Vienna police say they have done their best to find him, but have they?
A mother in Cortland, New York is still trying to find out what happened to her son, who disappeared nearly a year ago in Vienna, Austria, but she isn't getting much help from Viennese authorities.
At the time of his disappearance, Aeryn Gillern was 34 and employed as a research clerk by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), a UN specialized agency headquartered in Vienna, Austria. He had been living in Austria for the past six years. He was scholarly, well-liked by his coworkers, a deeply religious Catholic who had studied theology and earned a masters degree, and winner of the title "Mr. Gay Austria" in 2006. When Aeryn Gillern vanished on October 29, 2007, there were clothes left in the washer in his apartment and freshly baked Rice Krispies treats on the kitchen counter. When he didn't show up at work for two days, concerned a concerned neighbor and a coworker notified authorities. But the official investigation of Aeryn Gillern's disappearance has gone nowhere.
Areyn Gillern's last telephone contact was a cell-phone conversation with a female friend at about 7:30 pm on October 29, 2007. He is believed to have visited the Kaiserbruendl, a gay sauna in Vienna, later that evening. An employee at the spa told Mrs. Gillern that a group of tourists started a fight in the upscale sauna at around 10 pm on the night Aeryn disappeared. His clothes and personal belongings were left behind at the sauna, but Aeryn vanished, never to be seen again. A video camera belonging to the sauna has also disappeared. According to Mrs. Gillern, police reported to her a few days after Aeryn's disappearance that a bald-headed man had been seen floating in a canal. Later, the story changed. Police have also suggested that Aeryn was "despondent" after learning he was HIV-positive and committed "an act of spontaneous suicide." However, a lab report of the missing man's clothes showed that he was not HIV positive.
Kathy Gillern, a former Ithaca police officer, has urged the Vienna police to press the investigation in a more aggressive manner, but they have refused. Mrs. Gillern wonders whether this may be because the openly gay Gillern had a run-in with the Viennese police in January 2003 and may have made a complaint about it to Amnesty International. Austrian federal criminal investigations bureau spokeman Armin Halm says that the police have done all they can, and an American state department spokesman, Cy Ferenchak, stated that American authorities have no power to intervene in an investigation in a foreign country. A high-ranking official in the Vienna Police wrote in an email: “No shortfalls whatsoever were determined; all necessary measures were taken within the scope of what was legally possible. I have nothing more to say about this case. Our officers did their work; there are no shortfalls.”
The record thus far suggests that the Vienna police investigation was slipshod at best, and the cover-up of a hate crime at worst. The characterization of Aeryn Gillern as a suicide-prone, HIV-positive man who "spontaneously" threw himself into a canal sounds like an excuse not to pursue the investigation because the victim was gay. The homophobia is barely concealed, and the unwillingness to dig deeper into the case is suspicious. Officially, the investigation is proceeding, but nothing is being done. If Gillern went into a canal, on his own or with help, where is his body? What measures have the Vienna Police taken to locate the alleged corpse, including contacting the police of neighboring countries? Why is the disappearance of a properly documented foreign employee of a UN agency in Vienna being swept under the rug as if he were a foreign sex-tourist who got what he deserved? And why is the U.S. government, which intervenes in the affairs of foreign countries routinely, doing nothing to pressure Austrian authorities to probe deeper?
Anyone who cares about basic human rights should be outraged about how the Aeryn Gillern case has been treated by both Austrian and American authorities. I hope that Mrs. Gillern asks New York's senators, Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton, to exert pressure on the U.S. State Department to pursue this case vigorously.
Sounds like an assassination of some kind.
He was a bald diseased whore, so who cares.
R3 = Austrian twat.
How could the UN say nothing?
great documentary on him....he literally ran screaming out out of the sauna naked as a jaybird and vanished into the night.
The bit that is most disturbing is the fact that the camera at the sauna has disappeared. Was someone following him? Also, why is it that the police keep changing their story, and they have done everything in their power to get rid of his mother for good? Why are they preventing her from having access to any information at all?
This is sinister, rather than strange.
Probably tweaking, and after getting into a fight at the sauna he ran down to the canal and sailed in (which is easy to do in the 1st district of Vienna, since there's a promenade with no wall).
One of the other (maybe closeted) participants in the "disturbance" probably snatched the camera afterwards to avoid being drawn into a police investigation.
There was a case like this in NY several years ago -- no sauna involved, but the guy was last seen on New Year's Eve running towards the East River high as a kite. I don't think his body was recovered either.
Just say no!
R8, "drugs, obviously" doesn't explain away the weirdness of the rest of the case.
The East river is an estuary. The body could go out to see. Not in Vienna.
[quote]he literally ran screaming out out of the sauna naked as a jaybird and vanished into the night.
That's a normal Saturday night for me.
How do we know she didn't kill him?
" And why is the U.S. government, which intervenes in the affairs of foreign countries routinely, doing nothing to pressure Austrian authorities to probe deeper?"
Embassy employees don't do that. They are not detectives or babysitters for private citizens abroad.
Jay birds aren't naked, they have feathers, which are the clothes of the bird world.
I bet he committed suicide because his mother spelled his name "Aeryn" on his birth certificate instead of "Aaron," and so he grew up having everyone think he was retarded.
this story is terrifying
Stop trying to make him happen.
Documentary on The Disappearance of Aeryn Gillern debuted at Tribeca film festival
I would be so happy if he turned up somewhere with some fantastical tale.
Pretty cute for a bald guy.
I think someone on the force killed him and they're covering up on behalf of him.
Like many of us (though not all of us), I went through a period in my life when I was doing all kinds of things like this guy--going to sketchy bathhouses and using drugs and hooking up with complete strangers.
It strikes me this guy had some sort of fundamental disconnect in his identity--from what his mother has posted he was so obsessed with being immaculately dressed and turned out that he didn't like cats or kittens because he was afraid they'd get hair on his clothing. Yet there he was fucking in dirty bathhouses. And of course he was very gay and out, but obsessed with the Catholic church.
His mother was moving to Vienna to study with him.
Mystery solved, he ran off into the night and now he's living a mom free life somewhere in Europe.