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Matthew Shepard Narrative Challenged in New Book (was he killed by lover/drug customer?)
PJ Media ^ | September 15, 2013 - 9:20 am | by Rick Moran

Posted on 09/17/2013 8:36:16 AM PDT by a fool in paradise

Breitbart is highlighting a book of an award-winning investigative journalist that turns the narrative surrounding the tragic death of a gay Wyoming man, whose murder gave the impetus for hate-crime legislation, on its head.

The Book of Matt by Stephen Jimenez will be published this week and is already causing consternation among gay activists because it turns a homophobic hate crime into a spat between two meth-addled gay lovers.

The story that we are most familiar with is that Shepard met a couple of men in a bar who offered him a ride home. They instead took him to a remote area, robbed and brutally beat him with pistols, and left him to die.

The two men charged with the crime were convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The gay community latched on to the story as an example of America’s extreme homophobia and used the memory of the young man to advance the gay agenda, including hate-crime legislation.

But is that all there is to the story?

As gay journalist Aaron Hicklin, writing in The Advocate asks, “How do people sold on one version of history react to being told that the facts are slippery — that thinking of Shepard’s murder as a hate crime does not mean it was a hate crime? And how does it color our understanding of such a crime if the perpetrator and victim not only knew each other but also had sex together, bought drugs from one another, and partied together?”

This startling revelation comes in The Book of Matt to be published next week by investigative journalist Stephen Jiminez, who over the course of years interviewed over 100 people including Shepard’s friends, friends of the killers, and the killers themselves.

According to The Advocate, one of the premier gay publications in the country, Jiminez “amassed enough anecdotal evidence to build a persuasive case that Shepard’s sexuality was, if not incidental, certain less central than popular consensus had lead us to believe.”

Even before Shepard died, two of his friends were peddling the narrative that he died at the hands of vicious homophobes. Within days the gay establishment latched onto what would drive the hate crimes story for years to come; even now, the Laramie Project, a stage play about the killing is performed all over the country. Indeed, it will be performed next week at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC.

But what really happened to Matthew Shepard?

He was beaten, tortured, and killed by one or both of the men now serving life sentences. But it turns out, according to Jiminez, that Shepard was a meth dealer himself and he was friends and sex partners with the man who led in his killing. Indeed, his killer may have killed him because Shepard allegedly came into possession of a large amount of methamphetamine and refused to give it up.

The book also shows that Shepard’s killer was on a five-day meth binge at the time of the killing.

As to be expected, Matthew Shepard Inc. is rallying to denounce the new narrative that his homosexuality had little or nothing to do with his murder.

Whom are we to believe? That Aaron Hicklin of The Advocate is taking the book seriously (if not agreeing entirely with its conclusions) should tell us that Jimenez has, at the very least, raised very troubling questions about the manipulation of the media, the political process, and the American people by the gay lobby. The reaction to the book also shows how desperately the gay lobby feels about saving the narrative — a source of power and money for them.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation released this statement:

Attempts now to rewrite the story of this hate crime appear to be based on untrustworthy sources, factual errors, rumors and innuendo rather than the actual evidence gathered by law enforcement and presented in a court of law. We do not respond to innuendo, rumor or conspiracy theories. Instead we recommit ourselves to honoring Matthew’s memory, and refuse to be intimidated by those who seek to tarnish it. We owe that to the tens of thousands of donors, activists, volunteers, and allies to the cause of equality who have made our work possible.

TOPICS: Books/Literature; Conspiracy; History
KEYWORDS: coverup; identitypolitics; matthewshepard; pinkjournalism

1 posted on 09/17/2013 8:36:16 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise
This is only one of among many lies told by the sodomite lobby to misrepresent their goals.

They've been lying to us for decades, but their marketing strategy is nearly flawless. All but the most discerning are duped at least on a few points. Even many here on FR think that the Lawrence decision was a correct decision, on a "freedoms" basis. This is blatantly false.

2 posted on 09/17/2013 8:40:35 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Parts of this story have been “out there” for years. I’ve read it all before. I guess this is just the first time a “serious” journalist (or is it “gay” journalist?) has covered it.

3 posted on 09/17/2013 8:41:34 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: a fool in paradise

Some of us knew this was a fake sob story from the beginning.

4 posted on 09/17/2013 8:43:08 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: a fool in paradise

The 3 guys in the Lawrence v. Texas case weren’t saintly either.

A jilted and physically abused “lover” called 911 to allege an assault was going on in the apartment. The police busted in, caught them with drugs engaging in sodomy. Sodomy itself was not a jailable offense but they refused to stop the “act”.

The caller was later jailed for making a fraudulent 911 called. His abuse trial against one of the two men never came to trial as he was murdered in a still unsolved case.

The two men in the room had lengthy records and drug history. Tyron Garner died aged 39. John Geddes Lawrence died at age 68.

It would be “odd” to determine that homosexuality did not play a part in Matthew Shepard’s death. Homosexuality and drug abuse tend to send one to an early grave.

5 posted on 09/17/2013 8:44:02 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: fwdude
They've been lying to us for decades, but their marketing strategy is nearly flawless.

The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised As Freedom Hardcover by David Kupelian

Americans have come to tolerate, embrace and even champion many things that would have horrified their parents' generation-from easy divorce and unrestricted abortion-on-demand to extreme body piercing and teaching homosexuality to grade-schoolers. Does that mean today's Americans are inherently more morally confused and depraved than previous generations? Of course not, says veteran journalist David Kupelian. But they have fallen victim to some of the most stunningly brilliant and compelling marketing campaigns in modern history.

The Marketing of Evil reveals how much of what Americans once almost universally abhorred has been packaged, perfumed, gift-wrapped and sold to them as though it had great value. Highly skilled marketers, playing on our deeply felt national values of fairness, generosity and tolerance, have persuaded us to embrace as enlightened and noble that which all previous generations since America's founding regarded as grossly self-destructive-in a word, evil.


David Kupelian is the managing editor of, the world's largest independent news Web site. He is also a widely read online columnist and the driving force behind the acclaimed monthly news magazine Whistleblower.Growing up in Washington, DC, Kupelian was heavily exposed to the issues of the day by his father, one of the nation's top missile defense scientists. After spending years immersed in the fine arts as a noted young violinist, Kupelian's fascination with the news world led him in a different direction.After serving as managing editor of the national news analysis magazine New Dimensions (where he met WorldNetDaily founder Joseph Farah), Kupelian became the co-founder and creative director of TriMedia Communications, an advertising-marketing firm established to help traditional values-oriented organizations present their messages effectively. He lives in the Northwest with his wife and children.

6 posted on 09/17/2013 8:46:43 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise
Great book by Kupelian. But his prescription for a remedy was rather naive - just expose the lies with the truth.

Homos have the bullhorns - the media - and repeating the lies incessantly becomes "the truth," drowning out THE TRUTH.

7 posted on 09/17/2013 9:01:18 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Is there a single cause the left has today that ISN’T based upon a lie?

8 posted on 09/17/2013 9:12:58 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: a fool in paradise

Sounds about right. Nothing more violent than an enraged flamer. Look what happened to Bob Crane.

9 posted on 09/17/2013 9:16:26 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: skeeter
Is there a single cause the left has today that ISN’T based upon a lie?

Well said, skeeter! Leftism is the core lie; all the rest of its lies are ancillary.

10 posted on 09/17/2013 9:18:48 AM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Standing Wolf
"Leftism" (for want of a better term) has always intrinsically been a revolt against God's natural order.

Its why leftists are always and always will be angry, and why they will lose in the end.

I just wanna live long enough to see the current crop of idiot leftists be pushed back under their rocks.

11 posted on 09/17/2013 9:29:29 AM PDT by skeeter
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