Matthew Shepard has become an icon of the same-sex movement after he was violently mudered some fifteen years ago. He has become the poster boy of the gay movement's fight for hate crimes legislation throughout the country. His story even inspired several films and, allegedly, a federal hate crime legislation signed into law by Prez Obama in 2009.
Now a new book seriously casts doubt on the story that he was a victim of a hate crime. Stephen Jimenez's new book, The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, contradicts police testimony and public opinion about the motive of the murder. Based on "rigorous journalistic standards," it argues and claims that the murder was motivated by drugs and money.
Anyone worried about hate crimes should now be concerned with the prospective treatment of Mr. Jimenez.
[Hat tip to Crusade Magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2014, p. 4]