WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 14: Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) gestures to the crowd as he walks to the podium before giving a speech at the Capitol in Washington, DC 14 October to honor the life of Matthew Shepard who died 12 October following an apparent anti-gay attack in Wyoming 07 October. Thousands converged outside the Capitol to call for political action to help stop hate crimes and to draw attention to victims of anti-gay violence. AFP PHOTO/Andrew CUTRARO (Photo credit should read ANDREW C
COLORADOAN - "The Book of Matt" was not the story author Stephen Jimenez set out to tell when he first set foot in Laramie, Wyo. in February of 2000, less than two years after the horrific murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard.
As a journalist and as a gay man, Jimenez said he planned to tell the story of a crime motivated by hate - the story that he and everyone else in the media believed to be true. But after 13 years of research, Jimenez is telling a much different story, one that travels into the dark world of the methamphetamine epidemic and how the vicious crime that changed a nation was about drugs, not hate.
In his controversial book, Jimenez cites sources that say Shepard, who died at Poudre Valley Hospital after he was found beaten almost to death and tied to a fence post in Laramie, had gotten caught up with meth use and with those in the meth industry, including one of the men serving two consecutive life sentences for his murder, Aaron McKinney.
In a recent interview with the Coloradoan, Jimenez spoke about how he began his investigation and why he set out to tell what he believes is the true story of this tragic crime.
Read more of Stacey Nick's story in the Coloradoan.
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