The Matthew Shepard Story (2002)

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On January 1, 2014
Last modified:January 3, 2014


Interesting story. Experienced actors. Little creative licensing as is based on the reported story.

First and foremost, I want to wish all of my readers a very Happy New Year! May 2014 be filled with nothing but good things for you and yours.

Now… Normally I prefer to post a movie following the review of a book about the same case but I’m going to mix things up today for good reason.

Below is the 2002 made-for-television movie The Matthew Shepard Story which recounts the 1998 murder of Wyoming resident Matthew Wayne Shepard in a desolate Laramie field at the hands of Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. It was internationally reported that Shepard was murdered because he confided to his assailants that he was homosexual. It was, as a result of this story, that the United States passed the first of anti-hate laws allowing for stiffer penalties for crimes committed based on race or sexual preference.

But things are not always as they seem. Sometimes the facts are spun for political agendas.

On Friday I will be reviewing the newly released The Book of Matt by Steven Jeminiz, an openly gay journalist who set out to report on a hate crime and discovered it was anything but.

Today enjoy this movie which is based on what “they” wanted us to know and in a couple of days, I’ll introduce you to a book that tells us the truth.

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