When Matthew Shepard was found murdered, tied to a wooden fence post in a Laramie, Wyoming field in October 1998, he became heralded as a martyr, of sorts, for the gay rights movement in America.
With every news report, Americans were told that Shepard had been brutally killed after disclosing that he was homosexual to two guys he met earlier at a Laramie bar. Reportedly, Shepard had “come on” to one (or both, depending on the report) of the men and had been beaten because of homophobia.
In no time, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community was screaming for swift justice and President Bill Clinton, standing along side Shepard’s mother, signed one of the first of many hate crime laws which allowed for stiffer punishments when a crime was committed against another of a protected class of race or sexual preference. Many saw the passing of these laws as progress.
And they were, but they were founded in, if not outright lies, a lot of smoke and mirrors.
Stephen Jimenez, an openly gay journalist, uncovers the truth behind the murder of Matthew Shepard in his debut book The Book of Matt.
What readers learn within the pages of this fascinating and brutally honest recounting of a country-changing crime is that the murder of a young man was one where there was plenty of spinning and fact covering in order to meet political agendas.
Much of what Jimenez reports won’t be found elsewhere and those who thought they knew all there was to know about the murder of Matthew Shepard will be surprised.
Sadly, it appears that Jimenez’s outting of the facts has probably received more backlash than coming out as a homosexual in the 1970s. I am surprised and disgusted at the vicious remarks and name calling by others who have reviewed the book. Even if they don’t believe Jimenez (which is hard to do considering he backs up his claims with evidence), why resort to such hateful language to say so? All they did was reaffirm my belief that Jimenez is in fact telling the real story behind this infamous Wyoming case.
Please, read The Book of Matt by Stephen Jimenez and reconsider all that you’ve been told by the media about a case that forever changed a nation.