Friday, September 13, 2013

Matthew Shepard's Killer was his bisexual lover? I'm. Not. Sure....

...*looks behind himself looking for security to help escort the (potential) crazy out of the building...

Via Towleroad

In a new book by Stephen Jimenez entitled, The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, Jimenez puts forward a different telling of the events and motivations surrounding Matthew Shepard's brutal murder in 1998. Jimenez recently sat down with Andrew Sullivan and The Dish to discuss the book.

Jimenez reveals that he first became interested in Matthew's story as he was researching a screenplay he was writing on Matthew's murder. However, upon settling into Laramie and starting to dig into the details of the murder, Jimenez quickly began to suspect that there was more to the story than what was being played out in the press and in the courtroom.

Early on, he claims he found proof that "Aaron McKinney had been a male hustler, had been familiar with gay guys and gay bars" and "that he really did like having sex with gay guys and that he was not unfamiliar with homosexuality and the gay world," which in Jimenez's mind at least seemed to contradict the "gay panic" defense that McKinney's lawyers were putting forth. What began as a trip to "fill in some color and detail" for a screenplay turned into a "13-year investigative obsession."

Does every fucking story have to have a "love story" (since it's gay a "TRAGIC" love story) inserted into it?

8 comments:

SEAN (The Jeep Guy) said...

I would hope not but the stats prove that most people are killed by someone they know and it's usually someone they love.

Writer said...

After learning some of my former lovers' bathroom rituals, I can understand why.

Tamayn Irraniah said...

We don't always need a love story, but if you're trying to sell a book, it helps. All that it changes is that now the crime is even more reprehensible in my opinion.

JamTheCat said...

The powers that be have been trying to make this into anything but a gay-bashing-murder since before the kid was even laid in his grave. Wasn't it Soledad O'Brien who came up with a news segment (that focused on her more then Matthew or the boys found guilty of his murder) saying this same damned thing, some years ago?

So far as I'm concerned, I don't give a fuck what some no-neck wannabe prick trying to sell his book says; Matthew Shepard was beaten and tied to a fence and left to die by people who didn't give a fuck about him. And he was there for days, alive, barely hanging on. That anyone would try to minimize the horror of that is just plain evil.

Writer said...

I don't think it can get anymore reprehensible, Tamayn. With or without the relationship, Matthew was used and manipulated to his end. :(

Writer said...

Kyle, that was my thought to. Evil, that is.

whkattk said...

If that had even a sliver of truth to it, I think the "army" of writers of the play "The Laramie Project" would have heard about it and it definitely would have been covered in the play.
The playwrights had no biases and no agenda, they wanted the story and to tell the story.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who dislikes a side-plot love story tossed into a book - or film for that matter.

Writer said...

whkattk, that was my thought too...about The Laramie Project that is. I just don't buy it. It stinks of trying to give the "story" some meaning. I mean something other than the one it already has. Like it is being turned into more evidence that gay people can't help but destroy themselves. :(