Stephen Jimenez: The Book of Matt

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Last fall marked the 15th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old gay student who became a posthumous poster child for hate crime laws after he was tortured and killed in Laramie, Wyoming in October of 1998. Two weeks before this anniversary, veteran journalist Stephen Jimenez published The Book of Matt: The Truth About the Murder of Matthew Shepard. In it, he detailed his long residency in Wyoming after a gag order was lifted that had kept many mouths shut for a solid year until Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were convicted of Shepard’s murder.

Jimenez got to know the suspects and their girlfriends, discovered inconsistencies in police reports and started digging deeper. What he found was a bunch of meth heads and an anonymous letter that claims McKinney’s “gay panic defense” was bullshit: He’d been hooking for meth; Shepard was a target because he was a dealer, and McKinney, bugged out on a days-long binge—and, the author argues, likely Shepard’s bi lover—wanted his stash. Plus, Laramie cops can’t provide toxicology reports from McKinney’s arrest that they claim show he was clean and sober when he was apprehended, after they found Shepard’s bloody wallet in his truck.

The gay Jimenez has appeared on many talk shows, including virulently bigoted ones, whose hosts seem to resent the way Shepard was turned into a hero-victim when then-President Bill Clinton deemed his brutal attack a hate crime. Hear what he has to say tonight. // BILL CHENEVERT

7:30pm. Free. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org
 

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 03/11/2014. .

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