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and interviewees Some wanted to remain anonymous mostly because of their own ties to drug trade in Wyoming He even tells you when they could be lying to him or hesitating to tell the real story What is really interesting is when one person does reveal a small piece of the puzzle and then another completely different person reveals that same thing or another piece that its One example of this is the possibility that Aaron and Matthew knew each other before that night and had soldbought drugs The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness from one another or possibly even had sex together before Aaron s bisexuality is referenced again and again but was also a subject the courts avoidedJimenez does not change the picture we have of Matthew already he just makes it clearer We still see Matthew as a sad depressedriendly and The Leadership Gap frail boy who never knew a stranger Matthew s own mother admitted that he self medicated so his drug use is not a new topic either The sexual abuse that both Matthew and Aaron had experienced in their past was new to me though as was the possibility the two men knew each other prior to that night Jimenez also explains the part that Henderson played in the crime and how he was really only guilty of associating with the wrong peopleJimenez also exposes how this case became an accelerantor Clinton s hate crime bill which was before Congress at the time and that s probably why the two guilty men received such heavy sentencing America was watching so the court had to set an example despite crimes that were just as harsh that happened around the same time in Laramie and those guilty received lesser sentences One of these crimes was the death of Henderson s own mother which happened less than our months after Matthew was KILLEDDO I ACCEPT JIMENEZ S BOOK I accept Jimenez s book the new truth as to what happened that night No It doesn t change the act that what happened to Matthew was horrible and wrong And it won t change the sadness I Serenity Role Playing Game feltrom it But I will admit he s opened my eyes a bit wider to this story and any book that can do that is worth reading It s proof that you should Not Always Believe The Media And You always believe the media and you definitely uestion everything Just Save the Cupcake! finished reading this book and I m glad that I did I understandully why people perceive it to be an attempt to discredit or blame a victim which is admittedly what i thought when I Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, first saw it on display It is actually an attempt to look at what gets lost when any person is portrayed in any extreme be it perfect icon or hated demon and seeks to bring understanding to the notion that there is no person who is truly either extreme The sources in this book rangerom the prosecutor who oversaw the case and has some regrets based on things he didn t know or Tressed to Kill fully understand at the time to people who held back sharing what they knew out of seemingly genuineears and also probably immaturity When I began reading it I wondered if I would be angry at what I read or disappointed by re examining something I accepted as inished In reality reading something that looked at the gray between what was black and white was comforting Amazing how this hate crime wasnt about hate but about drugs and traffickin. Ay man he elt an added moral imperative to tell Matthew’s story But what Jimenez eventually The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev found in Wyoming was a tangled web of secrets His exhaustive investigation also plunged him deep into the deadly underworld of drug trafficking Over the course of a thirteen year investigation Jimenez traveled to twenty states and Washington DC and interviewed than a hundred named sources The Book of Matt is sure to stir passions and inspire dialogue as it rerames this misconstrued crime and its cast of characters proving irrefutably that Matthew Shepard was not killed or being gay but or reasons ar complicated and dauntin. Th before and after meetings or weapons or other contrabandShame on Andrew Sullivan or putting a blurb on the dust jacketThis is the literary euivalent of Oliver Stone s JFK At every turn Jimenez throws a conspiracy theory against the wall to see if it will stickThey don t Wow this book is intense There was so much complexity in the Matthew Shepard case that was overlooked or deliberately obscured Jimenez makes the argument that the anti gay hate crime explanation rather than the reality of methamphetamine trafficking was easier and useful or pretty much every party involved The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School for the murderers who wanted to protect their drug collaboratorsor police and prosecutors who knew that The Meth Trade Was A meth trade was a larger problem to tackle than homophobia or heartbroken riends and The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School family who needed a cause to channel their grief intoor activists who needed a martyr to catalyze a movement The Cutting Room: A Novel of Suspense for a presidentacing scandal and impeachment who needed a smoke screen or media outlets who wanted a story before all the acts were known Matthew Shepard s brutal murder will always be a tragedy but this book suggests that the tragedy is nuanced and complex rather than the simplistic myth the public demanded and came uickly to accept and the lessons to be learned cut through to the deepest oundations of society The Matthew Shepard story was pretty much that moment in history or me at least until 911 When it happened I was a gay man in college having only come out to my parents our years before Events like the death of JFK or Martin Luther King certainly affect us because they are a part of this country s history but when history is made during our lifetime it becomes a different kind of resonationI admit that prior to reading this book to me the Matthew Shepard murder was a hatesources and interviewees Some wanted to remain anonymous mostly because of their own ties to
and it made Matthew a martyr or symbol or the struggle that homosexuals have endured everywhere and the hate we ace Stephen Jimenez the author thought the same thing until he visited Laramie years later intending to write a story about the case The prosecuting attorney advised Jimenez to take a deeper look Court documents and evidence had just become available and Jimenez ound an odd and anonymous letter among the documents addressed to the attorney himself This prompted Jimenez to take the story in a different directionHe discovered Matthew was a casual drug user particularly a meth user and seller It is already well known that Matthew s killers Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney were drug users Jimenez soon exposes an odd relationship that ties these three men together suggesting that Matthew s murder was not what the media made it out to be So why was this also avoided the trialThrough numerous interviews of The Cake House friends lovers and acuaintances Matthew Jimenez paints a pretty solid picture of the real Matthew Shepard and directly shows how the media turned this story into something completely different the anti gay hate crime it is known as today Many have ridiculed this book even before reading it and I would urge those people to do some research of their own I like to keep an open mind about such things and cure my own ignorance so I did just that If a person or event came up in the book and I wanted to. Y alive He had been pistol whipped so severely that the mountain biker who discovered his batteredrame mistook him The Essential Tantra: A Modern Guide to Sacred Sexuality for a Halloween scarecrow Overnight a politically expedient myth took the place of importantacts By the time Matthew died a ew days later his name was synonymous with anti gay hate Stephen Jimenez went to Laramie to research the story of Matthew Shepard’s murder in 2000 after the two men convicted of killing him had gone to prison and after the national media had moved on His aim was to write a screenplay on what he and the rest of the nation believed to be an open and shut case of bigoted violence As a .Crime And It Made Matthew
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"matt shepard not "Shepard not a saint are disturbing read Judy Shepard s memoir of her son but because his not being a saint are disturbing read Judy Shepard s memoir of her son but because his is completely undocumented there is a list of those interviewed at the end although no specifics as to when the interviews may have been conducted Are they recent enough to represent the subject s thoughts on the events of 1998 in 2013 There is no index Jimenez notes at the end of the book and in the opening that than twenty other sources reuested anonymity and that he will indicate these sources with an asterisk Which he dutifully does but this is a book with a lot of names and the reader who is not completely attentive may The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes find himself wondering exactly whom is speaking So there s that Moreover the bulk of the interviews are reframed to be part of the narrative Again Jimenez does tell the reader that he has recreated conversationsor which he was not present Once The difficulty as with the sources lies in sorting those conversations out There is very little context provided or direct uotes either so one is left to wonder about the extent of cherry picking that is going onJimenez seems to have based what he is doing consciously or unconsciously on Truman Capote s In Cold Blood a book that I absolutely detest but which unlike The Book of Matt is at least readable He even becomes emotionally involved with Russell Henderson as Capote did with one of the Clutter killers as well as Russell s grandmother and a man he identifies as Matthew Shepard s lover Tim Henson He is also close to prosecutor Cal Rerucha who made a point at the time of not calling the Shepard murder a hate crime but who also significantly does not wind up endorsing Jimenez s version of the murder eitherJimenez s basic theory is that Matthew was a meth dealer Aaron McKinney was a meth dealer and that both of them were being pimped out by Doc O Connor who ran a limousine service among other things in Laramie Jimenez s murder was largely a drug deal gone wrong with McKinney exacting vengeance upon Shepard as part of what might have been a larger conspiracy Henderson was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and no matter how maudlin Jimenez gets about Henderson Henderson himself does not deny his responsibility or his actions that night McKinney himself denies Jimenez s version None of this is substantiated with anything like hard evidenceNo one who knew Matthew has ever maintained that he was a saint including his mother Jimenez who has lost all claims to objectivity by the conclusion of this mess is working through his own issues and I don t even want to speculate what those may be which is than he allows Matthew Shepard Again and again he casts himself as his own hero earlessly investigating this murder despite his own personal danger I snorted particularly hard at his description of his last interview with Aaron McKinney who cut him off or violating certain agreements when Jimenez s 2020 piece ran about eight years ago Jimenez wants the reader to believe that he Jesting Pilot fearedor his life as he sat unguarded with McKinney in prison Get over yourself Mr Jimenez They do not simply allow convicted killers to meet reporters without someone observing them and they are searched bo. What role did crystal meth and other previously underreported The Missing World factors play in the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard The Book of Matt is a page turning cautionary tale that humanizes and de mythologizes Matthew whileollowing the evidence where it leads without regard to the politics that have long attended this American tragedyLate on the night of October 6 1998 twenty one year old Matthew Shepard left a bar in Laramie Wyoming with two alleged “strangers” Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson Eighteen hours later Matthew was Tacos found tied to a logence on the outskirts of town unconscious and barel.