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The book of Matt: hidden truths about the murder of Matthew Shepard

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What role did crystal meth and other previously underreported 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 while following the evidence where it leads, without regard to the politics that have long attended this American tragedy. Late 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 found tied to a log fence on the outskirts of town, unconscious and barely alive. He had been pistol-whipped so severely that the mountain biker who discovered his battered frame mistook him for a Halloween scarecrow. Overnight, a politically expedient myth took the place of important facts. By the time Matthew died a few 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 gay man, he felt an added moral imperative to tell Matthew's story. But what Jimenez eventually 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 more than a hundred named sources. The Book of Matt is sure to stir passions and inspire dialogue as it re-frames this misconstrued crime and its cast of characters, proving irrefutably that Matthew Shepard was not killed for being gay but for reasons far more complicated -- and daunting.

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subject_facetGays -- Crimes against -- United States
Hate crimes -- United States -- Public opinion
Henderson, Russell
Mass media -- United States -- Influence
Mass media and gays -- United States
Mass media and public opinion -- United States
McKinney, Aaron James
Shepard, Matthew, -- 1976-1998
title_displayThe book of Matt : hidden truths about the murder of Matthew Shepard
title_fullThe Book of Matt Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard
The book of Matt: hidden truths about the murder of Matthew Shepard / Stephen, Jimenez
title_shortThe book of Matt
title_subhidden truths about the murder of Matthew Shepard
topic_facetCrimes against
Gay/Lesbian
Gays
Hate crimes
Henderson, Russell
Influence
Mass media
Mass media and gays
Mass media and public opinion
McKinney, Aaron James
Nonfiction
Public opinion
Shepard, Matthew
Sociology
True Crime