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Gay Student's Killers Wanted Drug Money (Matthew Shepard update)
hosted.ap.org ^ | Nov 25, 2004 | ROBERT W. BLACK

Posted on 11/26/2004 4:36:18 AM PST by foolscap

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- In their first public interview since attacking gay college student Matthew Shepard, his killers said they were motivated not by homophobia, but the prospect of robbery to fuel a methamphetamine binge.

"He was pretty well-dressed, had a wallet full of money," Aaron McKinney said of meeting Shepard at a Laramie bar in October 1998. "All I wanted to do was beat him up and rob him. ... Seemed like a good idea at the time."

The interviews air Friday on ABC's "20/20."

The robbery got out of hand, said McKinney and his buddy, Russell Henderson, and Shepard was beaten into a coma while tied to a fence outside the small college town. The 21-year-old died five days later.

The crime drew condemnation from President Clinton, Congress and the international community, and spurred debate on the effectiveness of hate crime laws. McKinney and Henderson, both 27, are serving life sentences for murder.

McKinney said he killed Shepard because he was strung out on drugs, not because Shepard was gay. Henderson agreed, saying "it's not because me and Aaron had anything against gays or any of that."

Henderson said that McKinney, who had been bingeing on meth for days, set out that night to rob a dealer of $10,000 worth of the drug. Henderson thought if he could keep McKinney drinking, his friend would forget the plan.

McKinney said Shepard was sitting at the bar when he and Henderson arrived, and at one point McKinney asked Shepard for a cigarette. "He said he was too drunk to go home and then he asked me if I'd give him a ride," McKinney said.

In the truck, McKinney claimed, the two learned Shepard wanted sex in return for giving them drugs, but McKinney decided to rob Shepard instead.

According to McKinney, Shepard grabbed his leg and he struck Shepard with his gun and demanded money. Although Shepard handed over his wallet, the beating continued.

"Sometimes when you have that rage going through you, there's no stopping it," McKinney said. "I've attacked my best friends coming off of meth binges."

They decided to dump Shepard in a secluded spot, and when they came upon a rustic fence blocking the road, McKinney decided to tie him to it.

"Then when I'm leaving, he says he's going to tell on me," McKinney said. "I went back and hit him one more time. I hit him real hard that time."

One of McKinney's attorneys, Dion Custis, said Wednesday that drugs and robbery, not sexuality, have long been considered the main motives for the crime.

"If anyone saw the trial and the evidence that was presented at trial, that was exactly what we presented at the time," he said.

Prosecutor Cal Rerucha also said the case was too complex to simply be labeled a hate crime. He said many people overlooked the drug and robbery aspects of the case at the time of the attack.

"People want an easy answer to this case and I don't think we would be here five years later if there was an easy answer," Rerucha said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; matthewshepard; meth
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1 posted on 11/26/2004 4:36:18 AM PST by foolscap
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To: foolscap

I always objected to the way the media lionized Matthew Shepard as "crucified." They tried to draw parallels between a man cruising for gay sex who ran into thugs and Jesus Christ.


2 posted on 11/26/2004 4:44:19 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: foolscap
Like this one:

Kerry Says Shepard 'Crucified.'

3 posted on 11/26/2004 4:46:00 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

This story sort of throws cold water on the Matthew Shepard as a saint movement. Of course gays who chose to see him so will just ignore this information.


4 posted on 11/26/2004 4:55:56 AM PST by foolscap
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To: SkyPilot

Meridith Viera has gone on record to refute her original story portraying the murder as an anti-gay hate crime. The killers had no inkling as to Shepherd's sexual orientation.


5 posted on 11/26/2004 4:57:38 AM PST by Barlowmaker
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To: foolscap

Why were they on meth?

The WOD made safer alternatives unavailable.

Sounds to me like Shepard was “crucified” at the alter of the WOD.

His death was a small price to pay, compared to the benefits that flow to the LEO community.

Heck, the death of a few members of the LEO community is not enough to stop the gravy train.

(Oh yea – The WOD is for the children – wink – wink!)


6 posted on 11/26/2004 5:00:46 AM PST by Mark was here (My tag line was about to be censored.)
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To: foolscap
Why does anybody give the murderers any benefit of the doubt?

As far as I'm concerned these guys should have been injected a few weeks after they were convicted regardless of the hate-crime designation.
7 posted on 11/26/2004 5:03:26 AM PST by McChordwatcher (Still Learning FR's Ropes)
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To: foolscap
The crime drew condemnation from President Clinton, Congress and the international community, and spurred debate on the effectiveness of hate crime laws.

These thugs committed a crime against the Sheppard. Clinton, the MSM and Congress and many state legislatures committed crimes against the Constitution. 1984 predictions of "thought crime" become fact.

8 posted on 11/26/2004 5:10:26 AM PST by Lawgvr1955 (I think Kerry needs more cowbell.)
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To: Mrs Mark

Pure drivel.


9 posted on 11/26/2004 5:16:05 AM PST by Barlowmaker
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To: foolscap

It is truly sad that this young man died in such a brutal way but his murder was no more a crime than anyone elses murder. It just got more national attention because he was gay.


10 posted on 11/26/2004 5:17:47 AM PST by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: foolscap
The final line from "Who Shot Liberty Valance":

If you have a choice to print the facts or print the legend, print the legend".

11 posted on 11/26/2004 5:17:53 AM PST by Semper Paratus (Michael)
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To: Mrs Mark

If a druggie thinks an illegal drug will give him a better high than a legal drug, which one will the druggie choose?????


14 posted on 11/26/2004 5:24:48 AM PST by fishtank
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To: foolscap

What a truly odd plea for sympathy.

"We killed him.... but it was just random man... yeah random"


15 posted on 11/26/2004 5:25:43 AM PST by rwilson99 (I am a South Park Republican)
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To: foolscap
"Just because the gay bashing story may be untrue that doesn't mean they weren't gay bashers"

--Dan "Memogate" Rather

aka

--Gunga Dan
16 posted on 11/26/2004 6:10:49 AM PST by Gunrunner2
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To: Semper Paratus
The final line from "Who Shot Liberty Valance":

A good line ("This is the West, sir, and in the West, when the Ledgend becomes Truth, print the Ledgend"), but not the final line, which was, of course, a conductor telling Jimmy Stewart's character "Nothings to good for the man who shot Liberty Valence"

17 posted on 11/26/2004 6:40:05 AM PST by jscd3
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To: jscd3
"Nothings to good for the man who shot Liberty Valence"Right, and I hope Hollywood doesn't attempt a remake of that movie.
18 posted on 11/26/2004 6:45:27 AM PST by Semper Paratus (Michael)
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To: foolscap
Related in-depth article from ABC News.
19 posted on 11/26/2004 6:46:28 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: SkyPilot

They write plays about Jesus being a sodomite. What do you expect? Homos to face reality? They can't even see what they WALLOW in like PIGS. So of course they'll deify Sheppard.


20 posted on 11/26/2004 6:47:05 AM PST by SirLurkedalot
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To: foolscap

Lessee . . . they did not kill him because he was gay. They killed him in the processing of robbing him because they were so tanked on meth that thed did not know what they were doing.

Sounds like felony murder to me. Felony murder can earn you the needle in Texas, especially when you are a continuing threat to society. Meth head = continuing threat to society to me.

They should be grateful they did not do this in Texas, and doubly grateful that I was not on the jury.


22 posted on 11/26/2004 6:53:52 AM PST by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: SkyPilot

I also objected to the way the liberal mainstream media COMPLETELY ignored the killing of a teenager (I think about 13 year old boy) by two homosexuals in Mississippi. The teen suffocated having a rag stuffed in his mouth while the homosexuals abused him. This all happened around the same time that Shepard was killed. Funny... not a PEEP about it from the MSM. I wrote the Washington Post asking about it and they said that Shepard was a "national" news story so it should be covered a lot by a local paper like the Post. Of course it became a national story because the liberal papers decided to make it one. If they made the killing of the boy by the homosexuals front page all the time it would be a national story also. Some murders, especially of children, are simply acceptable by the MSM if a politically correct group does the killing...


23 posted on 11/26/2004 7:01:19 AM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: fishtank
If a druggie thinks an illegal drug will give him a better high than a legal drug, which one will the druggie choose?????

Many will choose the illegal one for the thrill of it (why do kids smoke cigarettes, also illegal? Becasue their parents don't want them to...)

Much the same reason many homosexuals decide not to have straight sex. It's just better but the thrill of being "bad" isn't there.

24 posted on 11/26/2004 7:08:19 AM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: foolscap

Well, that'll blow the roots out from under one of the iconic chants of the left...that is, of course, if they actually concerned themselves about facts.


26 posted on 11/26/2004 7:54:25 AM PST by highlander_UW (Democrat - the party of racism, disenfranchisement and hatred)
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To: foolscap

Yes --- Shepard apparently was just a gay hooker --- trading drugs for sex. Female prostitutes also don't usually live very long and die from violence -- why should gay prostitutes believe that lifestyle should be made completely safe for them?


27 posted on 11/26/2004 8:02:54 AM PST by FITZ
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To: Barlowmaker

What ever buddy. If you can not see the massive amount of money spent on the WOD, you just do not want to.

The criminals who robbed and murdered need to pay for their crimes. No question about it.

If prohibition was such a success, why was it repealed?


28 posted on 11/26/2004 8:12:11 AM PST by Mark was here (My tag line was about to be censored.)
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To: fishtank
If a druggie thinks an illegal drug will give him a better high than a legal drug, which one will the druggie choose?????

The point here is that the Meth market is only the result of the WOD.

The WOD is just not for recreational drugs.

Look how doctors are being threatened with jail time if they give someone the government deems undeserving a flu shot.

29 posted on 11/26/2004 8:20:05 AM PST by Mark was here (My tag line was about to be censored.)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Yes, I believe you are referring to the tragic death of Jesse Dirkhising by two homosexual men.

No, the MSM didn't cover this case, and they never will. The details are so shocking and disgusting that if they ever recieved MSM coverage it would put homosexuals in a bad light.

Can't have that.

30 posted on 11/26/2004 10:30:30 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Interesting link. Thanks...


31 posted on 11/26/2004 1:16:00 PM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: FITZ


He didn't want the drugs, the other guys did. He was the "john."


32 posted on 11/26/2004 1:38:46 PM PST by stands2reason
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To: foolscap

So, Saint Matthew Shepard was a drug dealer?


33 posted on 11/26/2004 1:41:14 PM PST by Hildy (The really great men are always simple and true)
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To: stands2reason

But wasn't he interested in trading drugs for sex? That would be like trading money for sex.


34 posted on 11/26/2004 1:41:55 PM PST by FITZ
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To: FITZ

Yes, but if you have the money and you want the sex, you're a customer, not a prostitute. Sheppard was "cruising."


35 posted on 11/26/2004 2:23:20 PM PST by stands2reason
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To: Barlowmaker
The killers had no inkling as to Shepherd's sexual orientation.

". . the two learned Shepard wanted sex in return for giving them drugs . "

36 posted on 11/26/2004 5:39:42 PM PST by sevry
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To: foolscap; little jeremiah
BTTT


See also: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1026551/posts?page=326#326

37 posted on 11/27/2004 10:37:46 AM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: EdReform; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; stage left; Yakboy; I_Love_My_Husband; ...

Homosexual Agenda ping.

More on the miserable Shepard case. The poster boy for "hate crimes". It is horrible, sordid, and tragic. But not what the media made it.

The poor boy who was sodomized to death was a worse crime by many magnitudes. But the media didn't touch that one.

Let me and ItsOurTimeNow know if anyone wants on/off this pinglist.


38 posted on 11/27/2004 10:43:53 AM PST by little jeremiah (Moral absolutes are what make humans human.)
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To: SkyPilot
I always objected to the way the media lionized Matthew Shepard as "crucified."

Consider this: Matthew Shepard = "Matthew's Shepherd." Who was the "Shepherd" in the Gospel according to St. Matthew?

The allusion is unmistakable even if unspoken. Obviously, liberals had no opportunity to prophesy and name their martyr before his accidental martyrdom on behalf of the liberal cause. But having been gifted the propaganda coup by pure serendipity, they were zealous to exploit it.

39 posted on 11/27/2004 10:53:08 AM PST by JCEccles
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To: fishtank
If a druggie thinks an illegal drug will give him a better high than a legal drug, which one will the druggie choose?????

What constitutes a "druggie"? I'm sure plenty of people who would prefer marijuana (a sound preference, as it's less addictive, non-violence-inducing, and can't result in a fatal overdose) choose the drug alcohol instead because it's legal.

40 posted on 11/27/2004 11:16:48 AM PST by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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Why were they on meth?

The WOD made safer alternatives unavailable.

Pure drivel.

That's what passes for a reasoned rebuttal among WODdies.

41 posted on 11/27/2004 11:20:49 AM PST by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: stands2reason

Okay --- I get you now. I don't have much sympathy though for him either way and try as they may, they can't make leaving bars with total strangers for the purpose of sex completely safe for anyone.


42 posted on 11/27/2004 12:23:12 PM PST by FITZ
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To: Mrs Mark
The WOD made safer alternatives unavailable.

O please what "safer alternatives" are you talking about pot? coke?...tweeker could care less other stuff that want there crank

43 posted on 11/27/2004 12:35:38 PM PST by tophat9000 (We didnít rise they sunk look at the blue, water filled, sink holes mYap (Mike Moore Fatass divots ?)
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To: FITZ

Oh, I agree with you on that point. "Cruising" is about as risky as
hooking.


44 posted on 11/27/2004 1:07:18 PM PST by stands2reason
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To: JCEccles
Obviously, liberals had no opportunity to prophesy and name their martyr before his accidental martyrdom on behalf of the liberal cause.

Very true---and they are still at it.

Isn't it ironic that the liberals embraced this whole "he was crucified" charade with open abandon, yet they scorned and mocked Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ?

45 posted on 11/28/2004 2:23:50 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
I also objected to the way the liberal mainstream media COMPLETELY ignored the killing of a teenager (I think about 13 year old boy) by two homosexuals in Mississippi.

His name was Jesse Dirkhising and he was brutally raped, tortured and murdered by a 'monogamous gay' couple in Arkansas

Never let them forget

46 posted on 11/29/2004 9:49:57 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: SkyPilot; 69ConvertibleFirebird; John O
Contrast these:

Google search: Matthew Shepard (yields 132,000 results)

Google search: Jesse Dirkhising (yields 4,430 results)

47 posted on 12/13/2004 9:52:41 AM PST by ru4liberty (I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow. May His Name ever be praised!)
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To: ru4liberty

Mind boggling...


48 posted on 12/13/2004 10:12:35 AM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Mrs Mark
"Why were they on meth?"

Because they were druggies, unable to deal with reality, looking for a way to hide from life.

"Sounds to me like Shepard was “crucified” at the alter of the WOD."

That statement is as idiotic as statements made by those who wanted to turn Shepard into a martyr for the homosexual agenda.

49 posted on 12/13/2004 10:34:05 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Mrs Mark
"The point here is that the Meth market is only the result of the WOD"

What evidence do you have that meth would not exist if currently illegal drugs were made legal?

50 posted on 12/13/2004 10:36:28 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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