A gay author has debunked the myth of Matthew Shephard. In a new book, The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard, investigative journalist Stephen Jimenez tells the rest of the story that the press and LGBT activists suppressed at the time, much of which was not investigated by police, though known, or allowed into the court case.
According to a fascinating article by Julie Bindel for the Guardian, Jimenez “has spent 13 years interviewing more than 100 people with a connection to the case.” The result is a whole different picture than the now-famous bigoted, anti-gay “hate crime” placarded by the media.
When he started he was convinced that Matthew died at the hands of homophobes, but he soon discovered that Matthew’s tragedy began long before the night he was killed.
Jimenez found that Matthew was addicted to and dealing crystal meth and had dabbled in heroin. He also took significant sexual risks and was being pimped alongside Aaron McKinney, one of his killers, with whom he’d had occasional sexual encounters. He was HIV positive at the time of his death.
“This does not make the perfect poster boy for the gay-rights movement,” says Jimenez.
In 2009, Obama signed the Matthew Shephard Act, enshrining the legacy of the alleged “hate crime” victim by including sexual orientation as a category of hate crime, thus stiffening penalties, increasing federal intervention, and incentivizing police investigations for crimes allegedly committed due to motivations of “hate” against homosexuals.
Shephard, a slight, blonde, homosexual, 21-year old man, was kidnapped in 1998, beaten, and brutally murdered by two young men who had pistol-whipped him, tied him to a fence, and lit him on fire.
With then-president Bill Clinton’s agenda to include homosexuals in “hate crime” already in place the year prior, local leftist activists wasted no time politicizing the event—literally blaming the fatal attack on the failure to have such legislation in place! And this reaction was immediate. As Bindel says,
[W]hen Matthew’s friends Walt Boulden and Alex Trout heard of the attack they rushed to the hospital. They contacted the Associated Press and a number of local gay organisations that same day. Boulden, a 46-year-old college instructor who says he was the last person to talk to Matthew before he met McKinney and Henderson, linked the attack to Wyoming legislature’s failure to pass a hate-crimes bill. Boulden later said the assault was identified as a hate crime by a policeman.
“A policeman,” maybe, but apparently not one close to the facts. Jimenez cuts through the politicized agenda and focuses on the facts—facts that render the anti-gay motivation doubtful at best, and show a far more powerful and reasonable motive.
Such things include the fact that one of Shephard’s killers was also a former sexual partner.
And the fact that this killer was known by police to be a homosexual.
And the fact that Matthew Shephard was a meth addict formerly involved in buying and selling drugs with his killers.
Yet, “Matthew’s drug abuse, and the fact that he knew one of his killers prior to the attack, was never explored in court. Neither was the rumour that the killers knew that he had access to a shipment of crystal meth with a street value of $10,000 which they wanted to steal.” Also, “The police did not investigate the killers’ relationship to the gay community.”
They didn’t investigate it, but they knew. Despite the alleged anonymous policeman whom the college professor and gay legislation activist cited on “hate crime,” the officer who actually arrested the killer knew better:
After leaving Matthew tied to the fence, McKinney and Henderson headed for Matthew’s home, but on the way encountered two young Hispanic men, Emiliano Morales and Jeremy Herrera, slashing tyres for fun. The men got into a fight, resulting in McKinney cracking open Morales’s head with the same gun he had used on Matthew. Police officer Flint Waters arrived, grabbed Henderson (he and McKinney had run in different directions), and found the truck, the gun, Matthew’s shoes and credit card.
I spoke to Waters, who has since retired from the police, having seen him praise The Book of Matt on social media. “I believe to this day that McKinney and Henderson were trying to find Matthew’s house so they could steal his drugs. It was fairly well known in the Laramie community that McKinney wouldn’t be one that was striking out of a sense of homophobia. Some of the officers I worked with had caught him in a sexual act with another man, so it didn’t fit – none of that made any sense.”
We must thank journalist Bindel for reporting what does make sense. She continues:
Stephen Jimenez is an award-winning journalist and gay man. So why has he put such time and effort into attempting to prove that Matthew’s murder was not a hate crime, especially as it has seen him accused of being an ally to the rightwing Christian fundamentalists who deny the reality of homophobia?
She lets Jimenez tell the story:
“The view was that homophobic rednecks walked into a bar and saw an obviously gay man with money and targeted him and beat him to death for that reason,” says Jimenez. “But that isn’t what happened. Nothing in this book takes away from the iniquity and brutality of the crime or the culpability of his murderers, but we owe Matthew and other young men like him the truth.
“Aaron and Matthew had a friendship. They’d been involved sexually, they bought and sold drugs from each other. That complicates the original story of two strangers walking into a bar and targeting Matthew – someone they [allegedly] did not know – because he was gay.”
Although McKinney has never acknowledged that he knew Matthew, Jimenez found a dozen sources that had seen them together. . . .
I don’t buy new popular books very often, but I will be checking this one out. I not only love investigative journalism when done right, I love it when someone who cares about the truth uproots the entire propaganda machine of the leftist establishment.
While it may seem that mind control has never been easier than it is today, the more important truth is that undermining mind control has never been easier. The government establishment and its propaganda arms, such as the Associated Press, the major University systems, local lapdog newspapers, all the activists disguised as college professors and instructors, as well as most politicians, can be irrefutably overturned by a persistent and sacrificial reporter who has an internet connection and some guts. Major waves can follow.
Matthew Shephard did not deserve to be murdered, nor to be kidnapped or beaten. But the public does not deserve to be lied to and pimped by politicians and leftists whose dream is to exalt perversion and suppress truth and righteousness.
There is also something about standing among one’s own “side” for whose little white lies one is supposed to cover, and instead speaking truth and conscience. That, I know something about.
Even if I don’t agree with the lifestance of the messenger, I applaud those who take risks to fight for the truth.