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Details of student's death emerge (Matthew Shepard in reverse)
Aberdeen American News ^ | Tue, Sep. 26, 2006

Posted on 09/26/2006 7:04:44 AM PDT by jwalburg

A Northern State University student who was found dead last week in Pennsylvania was strangled after rejecting sexual advances from a sales manager for the company he was interning for, authorities have said.

Jason Shephard, 23, was found bound by belts and wrapped in sheets in the basement of William F. Smithson's home in Thornbury Township, Pa., according to court documents. The Delaware County Times in Pennsylvania also reported that the basement contained a couch, mirrored ceiling and video equipment.

The 40-year-old Smithson, who worked in the Philadelphia office of the Brookings-based Daktronics Inc., was arrested and charged with first-, second- and third-degree murder, attempted rape, abuse of a corpse, aggravated assault, unauthorized administration of an intoxicant and tampering with evidence, a court official said Monday. Shephard, who was interning in Brookings, was in Pennsylvania on a three-day business trip.

According to reports from the Associated Press, Smithson allegedly slipped the date-rape drug GHB into Shephard's drink during dinner Sept. 18 and then the next day reported him missing. Authorities found Shephard's body around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after getting a tip from a former lover of Smithson's.

The Associated Press reported that Smithson confided in the former lover, who works in law enforcement in Virginia. Smithson's former lover said Smithson told him that Shephard rejected his advances "and started to physically fight his advances." The former lover visited Smithson's home and reported seeing what he believed to be a body in a bedroom.

Shephard, who is originally from Cavalier, N.D., was not registered for classes this semester at Northern State. However, Shephard, who ran track and cross country at the university, had planned to return when his internship with Daktronics ended, said Brenda Dreyer, NSU director of university relations. Dreyer said a memorial service is being planned at Northern State University. However, the university is waiting to hear back from the family, who is still in Pennsylvania.

On Monday, Mike Miller, the manager at the Athlete's Foot in Aberdeen, remembered Shephard as someone who always had a smile on his face. Shephard worked at the store for about two years, Miller said. He last saw Shephard two weeks ago, when he stopped by to make sure he could come back to work when he returned to school.

"Without trying to sound like everyone else, Shep was the kind of guy who was worthy of a laugh," Miller said. "If you weren't laughing at him, you were laughing with him. He always had a big, toothy smile on his face."

Miller said Shephard spoke highly of his internship with Daktronics. Before he left, he had talked of becoming a physical education teacher, Miller said. However, after working at Daktronics, he was more interested in the business and marketing side of the industry.

"Things were really starting to click for him," said Miller, who described Shephard as a staunch Republican who liked to talk about his faith. "He left not knowing exactly what he wanted to do, but the doors were starting to open for him. He seemed excited about it."

Mark Steinkamp, a spokesperson for Daktronics, would only confirm that both Shephard and Smithson worked for Daktronics. He said Daktronics would have no further comment.

"There is an ongoing investigation and we're limited in what we can say," Steinkamp said.

The atmosphere was somber on Monday as Miller worked. He said he found out about Shephard's death on Thursday after a phone call from some employees of the store. While much of the talk around the store has centered on Shephard, details of his death have not been discussed, Miller said.

"You can imagine the fear that he went through. That's not how I want to remember him," he said. " ... (Shephard) joked about being a kid from Cavalier going to see what the world had to offer. I don't think that's what he had in mind."

Smithson is being held without bail in the Delaware County, Pa. Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday in Concord, Pa.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gay; homosexual; homosexualagenda; murder; philadelphia; pressembargo; rape; shepard; shephard; student; victim
Still waiting for the big front-page splash, the fund-raising foundations to be established, the talk-shows questioning WHY, the awareness classes... Isn't THIS a hate crime???
1 posted on 09/26/2006 7:04:47 AM PDT by jwalburg
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To: jwalburg

It's amazing how liberals use one event to paint with such a broad brush. Real hate crimes against gays are almost non-existant. Of course the gay lobby wants to classify anytime you look at a gay guy wrong as a hate crime.


2 posted on 09/26/2006 7:07:51 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: jwalburg

This maggot Smithson is going to get his in prison!


3 posted on 09/26/2006 7:08:12 AM PDT by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: jwalburg

Perhpas it it time for FreeRepublic to make it a big deal.

But even if we did, it wont happen. If MSM can hide from two freaks who maim and kill a 10 year old boy, then this is...nothing.


4 posted on 09/26/2006 7:08:26 AM PDT by Chickensoup (If you don't go to the holy war, the holy war will come to you.)
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To: jwalburg
"Still waiting for the big front-page splash, the fund-raising foundations to be established, the talk-shows questioning WHY, the awareness classes.."

- You left out the grief councillors.
5 posted on 09/26/2006 7:11:17 AM PDT by finnigan2
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To: jwalburg

Less of a "Matthew Shepherd" case, and more of a Jesse Dirkhsing {sp?) case.


6 posted on 09/26/2006 7:13:28 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: Chickensoup

If one of the bigger blogs, like LGF got hold of it, it may keep it newsworthy. IMO


7 posted on 09/26/2006 7:14:33 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Samsonite! I was WAAAYYY off!)
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To: jwalburg
A "Matthew Shepard in reverse" would be the perpetrator pretending to be straight in order to rob a victim.

In this case the intent was rape, not larceny.

8 posted on 09/26/2006 7:16:44 AM PDT by wideawake ("The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: jwalburg

This IS a hate crime. If the reversal is true.


9 posted on 09/26/2006 7:18:13 AM PDT by sandbar
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To: jwalburg

Matthew and Jason Shephard.

Media bias?


11 posted on 09/26/2006 7:23:31 AM PDT by F-117A (They say there is no such thing as an ex-Marine,.Murtha disproves that!!!)
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To: jwalburg
"Without trying to sound like everyone else, Shep was the kind of guy who was worthy of a laugh," Miller said. "If you weren't laughing at him, you were laughing with him. He always had a big, toothy smile on his face."

What strange remarks to make about a murder victim. Is this supposed to make us laugh off the victim as a stupid idiot? Then we can pretend the minority that murdered him is not guilty of deviant behavior. (like suffocating strong young men held down by straps and poisoned with an illegal drug)
12 posted on 09/26/2006 7:25:17 AM PDT by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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To: Individual Rights in NJ

You are so right. We brought up our kids to treat everyone they meet with respect. Lately though, we have been teaching them to show respect but also be diffident until they feel that they really know someone.

Personally, I don't make new friends until I have played a round of golf with them. After 18 holes, I usually know what they are all about.


13 posted on 09/26/2006 7:26:20 AM PDT by babydoll22 (The facts ma'am, just the facts. I don't give a s**t how you feel.)
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To: jwalburg
A Northern State University student who was found dead last week in Pennsylvania was strangled after rejecting sexual advances from a sales manager for the company he was interning for

This sentence was written by a journalist???

14 posted on 09/26/2006 7:26:28 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: jwalburg
This will go down the memory hole almost instantly.

Going...going...

15 posted on 09/26/2006 7:28:25 AM PDT by jboot (Faith is not a work)
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To: jwalburg

Gee. Not a word in The Boston Globe.


16 posted on 09/26/2006 7:32:17 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: Always Right

That's exactly it. The Matthew Shepard case was horrible, but it was -- probably like this one -- an anomaly. But the media and the liberal establishment turned it into a widespread "cultural problem." Well, will they do the same with this one? Don't bet on it.


17 posted on 09/26/2006 7:35:01 AM PDT by jwalburg (It wasn't the Executive that Thomas Jefferson referred to as "the Despotic Branch.")
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To: pabianice

If it's on the Philadelphia Inquirer site, I can't find it. Maybe this stuff happens all the time there, so it's not big news and only big news in the Dakotas where big crime is not as frequent.


18 posted on 09/26/2006 7:39:33 AM PDT by jwalburg (It wasn't the Executive that Thomas Jefferson referred to as "the Despotic Branch.")
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To: jwalburg

FWIW I posted it over on the CourtTV Message Board under Current Crimes. CTV is populated both on TV and on the boards by majority lefties, but this is such a horrific crime I was hoping some would take interest.


19 posted on 09/26/2006 7:40:21 AM PDT by sweet_diane ("Trying to reason with hurricane season.")
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To: AppyPappy

LOL! I thought I was alone : )


20 posted on 09/26/2006 7:48:47 AM PDT by eastsider
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To: eastsider

1) What's with the name "Shephard" that makes it so attractive to gays ?

Is it because it is so close to "sheep" ( bad joke ).

2) Where is Katie Couric's voice when you need it ?


21 posted on 09/26/2006 7:52:49 AM PDT by SirLinksalot
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To: jwalburg

It was on the NBC 10 news last night, but no mention was made of the sexual nature of the crime at all.


22 posted on 09/26/2006 7:53:22 AM PDT by Malacoda (A day without a pi$$ed-off muslim is like a day without sunshine.)
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To: jwalburg; GarySpFc

Where is the outrage? I suspect this would not even make the small print on page 84 of the New York Times.


23 posted on 09/26/2006 7:55:39 AM PDT by GarySpFc (Jesus on Immigration, John 10:1)
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To: jwalburg

This is one funeral where Fred Phelps and his gang might actually be welcomed.


24 posted on 09/26/2006 7:55:48 AM PDT by Burkean
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To: F-117A
Matthew and Jason Shephard.

Media bias?


Some Shepards are more equal than others.

At least to a homosexual-agenda-driven mainstream media.
25 posted on 09/26/2006 7:56:06 AM PDT by VOA
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To: SirLinksalot
Is it because it is so close to "sheep"
Ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-d
26 posted on 09/26/2006 7:56:45 AM PDT by eastsider
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To: jwalburg

He oughta be a big hit in prison.


27 posted on 09/26/2006 8:11:12 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Old Professer
Oh, he won't go to prison.

All he has to do is say that the kid used slurs and mocked his homosexuality, and a Philly jury will let him right off. Heck, they might give him a medal.

"Your Honor, the boy said, 'What are you -- some sort of fag?' and I snapped."

I damn near guarantee it.

28 posted on 09/26/2006 8:40:38 AM PDT by Malacoda (A day without a pi$$ed-off muslim is like a day without sunshine.)
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To: Malacoda

Sad but true.


29 posted on 09/26/2006 9:14:12 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: jwalburg

I thought about a year or two ago on ABC News, that Elizabeth Vargas debunked that whole Matthew Shepard case, and that the people who killed him had known him for a long time and socialized with him and knew for a long time that he was gay and were not bothered by the fact that he was gay, instead they killed him over a property or money issue, and as usual fashion the gay/liberal mafia started attacking Elizabeth Vargas instead of admitting they used Shepard's name to advance their own leftist perverted agenda.


30 posted on 09/26/2006 9:15:08 AM PDT by TracyTucson
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To: GarySpFc
Where is the outrage? I suspect this would not even make the small print on page 84 of the New York Times.

And that's even if that day's edition only had 83 pages.

31 posted on 09/26/2006 9:52:32 AM PDT by Zhangliqun (The fetal position has yet to scare a bully.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

You are correct re: Jesse Dirkhising case.


32 posted on 09/26/2006 10:24:21 AM PDT by Texas_Jarhead (At worst the Pope's comments might cause a "war of words" but mohammedans prefer a "war over words".)
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To: Burkean

Fred Phelps is a nutbag extremist...but then sometimes you can see why people are driven to extremes. This case should outrage NORMAL people but the perverts in the MSM will never tell anyone about this boy's tragic, horrific death at the hands of someone they lionize.


33 posted on 09/26/2006 10:39:56 AM PDT by PeterFinn (Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.)
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To: jwalburg
The 40-year-old Smithson...was arrested and charged with first-, second- and third-degree murder, attempted rape, abuse of a corpse, aggravated assault, unauthorized administration of an intoxicant and tampering with evidence...

Everything but loitering - I'm guessing they're not going to sweep this one under the rug. Just a hunch.

34 posted on 09/26/2006 10:44:51 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Hope not.


35 posted on 09/26/2006 6:09:24 PM PDT by jwalburg (It wasn't the Executive that Thomas Jefferson referred to as "the Despotic Branch.")
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To: DarthVader

One could always hope.


36 posted on 09/26/2006 6:09:56 PM PDT by jwalburg (It wasn't the Executive that Thomas Jefferson referred to as "the Despotic Branch.")
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To: sweet_diane

I'll have to check that site out.


37 posted on 09/26/2006 6:10:42 PM PDT by jwalburg (It wasn't the Executive that Thomas Jefferson referred to as "the Despotic Branch.")
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To: jwalburg

Perverts like this usually get shanked. I know someone who is doing like in a maximum security prison.


38 posted on 09/26/2006 6:14:25 PM PDT by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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