From C-FAM, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, comes this highlight of a revealing book due out Oct. 1st:
Matthew Shepard was a young man who was brutally murdered in October 1998. Almost immediately global attention turned to the speculation that Shepard’s killers tortured and murdered him out of animus that he was gay. His killers tied him to a fence outside of the tiny town of Laramie, Wyoming and his death was compared to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Within days of his death Shepard became the face of gay rights in America and around the world. A New York Times editorial from that time suggested Shepard was the representative of gay rights the movement had needed all along. He was young, handsome and innocent.
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All along there were naysayers to the Shepard narrative. Social critic Camille Paglia wrote in Salon that Shepard had a taste for what is called “rough trade” and that he could have died from that. Detectives at the time suggested that his death was more than likely tied to drugs rather than his homosexuality. An ABC 20/20 segment several years later explored that possibility.
However, a new book out by award winning gay journalist Steven Jiminez goes much further than previous critics of the Shepard narrative.
The Book of Matt reveals what Laramie, WY residents knew all along, that Matt Shepard was very involved in the local drug scene, was likely an occasional drug dealer himself, but even more importantly, he knew his killers. More than that, however, Shepard and his killers had sex together.