The Book of Matt
Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew ShepardeBook - 2013
The Book of Matt is a provocative and spellbinding examination of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard - unraveling for the first time the hidden complexities, motives, personalities and events surrounding this landmark American crime. On a chilly October evening, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay college student, left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming with two alleged "strangers," Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, also 21. 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, however, a politically expedient myth took the place of important facts in the case. By the time Matthew died a few days later, his name was synonymous with anti-gay hate. Vigils and protests were held in cities and towns across the nation. Hollywood celebrities, rock stars and...