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In a new book by Stephen Jimenez entitled, The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, Jimenez puts forward a different telling of the events and motivations surrounding Matthew Shepard's brutal murder in 1998. Jimenez recently sat down with Andrew Sullivan and The Dish to discuss the book.

Jimenez reveals that he first became interested in Matthew's story as he was researching a screenplay he was writing on Matthew's murder. However, upon settling into Laramie and starting to dig into the details of the murder, Jimenez quickly began to suspect that there was more to the story than what was being played out in the press and in the courtroom.

Early on, he claims he found proof that "Aaron McKinney had been a male hustler, had been familiar with gay guys and gay bars" and "that he really did like having sex with gay guys and that he was not unfamiliar with homosexuality and the gay world," which in Jimenez's mind at least seemed to contradict the "gay panic" defense that McKinney's lawyers were putting forth. What began as a trip to "fill in some color and detail" for a screenplay turned into a "13-year investigative obsession," according to Kirkus reviews:

The tragedy was “enshrined…as passion play and folktale, but hardly ever for the truth of what it was”: the story of a troubled young man who had died because he had been involved with Laramie’s drug underworld rather than because he was gay.

Check out the full interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

Stephen Jimenez: How My Research Into Matthew Shepard's Murder Began from The Dish on Vimeo.

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  1. Yeah no, I don't really want some thumb exploiting that kids murder more. Don't care.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Sep 12, 2013 10:25:42 AM


  2. My immediate reaction is that things like this don't take 15 years to surface, and when they do get revealed, even if true, they don't surface in a book, but in verbal interviews within a couple of years.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Sep 12, 2013 10:26:55 AM


  3. According to the review, the book is claiming that Shepard was HIV positive, and a meth user entrenched in a drug underworld and suffering from sexual trauma. This is how people like Brian Fischer and the Westboro assholes think all gays are like. This sounds like a right wing hit piece. I'm pretty sure if all that was true, it would have come out at the time of the murder and trial.

    Posted by: KT | Sep 12, 2013 10:30:04 AM


  4. When torture is used to murder a Gay person (by hustlers or "trade") there is a message of hate involved--not just the act of killing. You don't just stab a Gay guy 20 times. You stab him 65 times to make a point.

    It was a hate crime.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 12, 2013 10:39:22 AM


  5. anti-gay book paid by teabaggers

    Posted by: litper | Sep 12, 2013 10:40:01 AM


  6. Someone, somewhere will believe his speculations as the purest truth. Gays are evil and sordid, so there is no way that gay kid wasn't in their view. Next book: Charles Manson was in fact the LOVER of the pregnant murdered Sharon Tate.

    It's no wonder that the killer was homophobic and homophobes hide their true desires by hating them, but that is far fetched.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Sep 12, 2013 10:42:30 AM


  7. @KT, I'm not by any means endorsing the rest of this guy's claims, but Matt Shepard WAS HIV-positive. He claimed to have been raped (gang-raped, I think) while on vacation resulting in his sero-status. I forget where the rape occurred. The only reason I say "claimed" is that I don't think charges were ever filed.

    His HIV status is even mentioned in The Laramie Project, by the policewoman who was one of the first on the scene, got Matt's blood on her, and had to be tested herself. She did not contract HIV.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 12, 2013 10:42:34 AM


  8. Enough already, can we let the dead rest in peace?

    Posted by: Lucas H | Sep 12, 2013 10:50:06 AM


  9. Watch the video, people. And evaluate his claims based on fact and evidence, not wishful thinking. Closed minds are not healthy.

    Posted by: Dan | Sep 12, 2013 10:50:25 AM


  10. the thing that concerns me is right at the beginning he clearly states that his research stems from an "anonymous" letter! would you trust an "anonymous" letter?

    as far as Matthew's drug use & HIV status, his mother talks about in her book.

    Posted by: mike/ | Sep 12, 2013 10:50:38 AM


  11. Mr. Mandell, it would be great if you could do a background check on the author. His story the type of language he uses makes this whole thing seem like a right-wing hatchet job.

    Posted by: IJelly | Sep 12, 2013 10:51:53 AM


  12. This disgusts me. I am so sad to know that Dennis, Judy, and Logan are going to have to work thru these lies and distortion of facts. Keep in mind, Laramie wants to pretend this never happened and when it is brought up, the people there want to turn this into something it never was. This saddens me so much. They murdered Matthew once, now they are murdering his memory. And this so-called writer wants to profit on the blood of Matthew Separd. What a miserable excuse for a human being.

    Posted by: Bobby F | Sep 12, 2013 10:52:42 AM


  13. Hardy har, Dan. Just wait for the Trayvon plays/books/musicals. He'll be an angel and delivering those Skittles to the poor.

    Posted by: MIke | Sep 12, 2013 10:54:48 AM


  14. And Matthew was HIV+. I am pretty sure that is covered in the book Judy Shepard wrote. I think the doctor's determined it was a recent infection.

    Posted by: Bobby F | Sep 12, 2013 10:54:50 AM


  15. Matthew was attacked while on vacation in Morocco but I think the doctor's determined that his HIV infection was more recent than that attack.

    Posted by: Bobby F | Sep 12, 2013 10:56:55 AM


  16. Nope

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 12, 2013 11:01:26 AM


  17. Seconding what others have said: Matt's HIV status has been public knowledge practically since he died. The Deputy who found him said in TLP that she had to take PEP because she was exposed to his blood while giving first aid.

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 12, 2013 11:03:13 AM


  18. @Dan, a closed mind is a far more nuanced thing than you understand. This is not the same thing as denying that man evolved into it's present state, this is not believing someone who is trying to make money on a dead kid.

    If it came out that Gandhi and Mother Teresa killed puppies and invented crack it wouldn't change the causes they started and it would be perfectly fine to just forget the new information and laud your memory of a person. Cuz the actual Gandhi would be dead, so who cares what kind of person he is?

    Posted by: Fenrox | Sep 12, 2013 11:06:12 AM


  19. " A young man who died because he was involved with the underworld.....of Laramie's drug culture rather than because he was gay."

    So he came up with this $hit to sell his book and it took him fifteen years to do so ?

    Of course this tool is being sponsored by the Christian Right or the American Family Association or the Koch brothers.

    For Andrew Sullivan to give the light of day to this nocturnal feral maggot doesn't surprise me, unfortunately.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 12, 2013 11:10:32 AM


  20. Just tried to find a bio or CV on Stephen Jimenez and wasn't able to come up with anything - not even in the author profiles section at Amazon. Seems strange that a publisher wouldn't release a basic bio for an author they were sending out on book tour.

    curiouser and curiouser

    Posted by: IJelly | Sep 12, 2013 11:11:00 AM


  21. I hope the truth will prevail one way or the other. This may be a lesson not to hang an entire civil rights movement on one case. Hate crimes are everywhere even if they aren't as dramatic as a crucifixion on a fence. If we rely too much on one example it's easy pickings for those who want to discredit it.

    Posted by: DW | Sep 12, 2013 11:12:01 AM


  22. And in a lot of ways, Andrew Sullivan is as much of a loathsome self-hater as Bret Easton Ellis.

    DW, suck it. The federal Hate Crimes Act has more than one person's name attached to it, you ignoramus.

    Posted by: Bobby F | Sep 12, 2013 11:18:44 AM


  23. Hmmm. I'm not gonna say "I don't care" because we should always care about possible errors in what we believe or know. It is rather hard for me to see how Shepard's HIV status has much relevance to the story no matter what happened.

    On the flip side, extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. A person's word means nothing. One thing is certain: a lot of people aren't going to be happy about this. And a few are.

    Posted by: Yeek | Sep 12, 2013 11:20:56 AM


  24. Almost the entire The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later show is about discounting this jerk's claim. I can't believe he's still getting press, and from Sullivan no less. What a tool.

    Posted by: Zack | Sep 12, 2013 11:37:09 AM


  25. I suspect that this "researcher" is a fraud, bent on smearing a Gay martyr through heresay and justifying further conservative anti-gay rhetoric. Something smells, here -- 15 years later, and they're trying to re-frame this heinous murder as a rumored drug-related crime? Nuh, uh, I ain't buying it. That's like justifying the KKK's church bombing because the four girls were rumored to be in an after-school prostitution ring.

    Posted by: PETERZ | Sep 12, 2013 11:39:52 AM


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