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Author Jimenez, Stephen

Title The book of Matt : hidden truths about the murder of Matthew Shepard / Stephen Jimenez.

Publication Info. Hanover, New Hampshire : Steerforth Press, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    364.1523 JIM    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    364.1523 JIM    Available
Description viii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-357).
Contents Author's note -- Part 1: Darkness on the edge of town -- Part 2: Book of Matt -- Part 3: Rogers Canyon -- Part 4: Circle unbroken -- List of sources -- Acknowledgments.
Summary "Late on the night of October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a twenty-one-year-old gay college student, 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 sources. Who was the real Matthew Shepard and what were the true circumstances of his brutal murder? And now that he was larger than life, did anyone care? 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" -- from publisher's web site.
Subject Shepard, Matthew, 1976-1998
McKinney, Aaron James.
Henderson, Russell
Hate crimes -- United States -- Public opinion.
Gays -- Crimes against -- United States
Mass media and public opinion -- United States
Mass media and gays -- United States.
Mass media -- United States -- Influence
ISBN 9781586422141
9781586422264 (pbk.)

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