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  1. keith francis farrell 15 Sep 2013, 11:39am

    I think if one had to research the people behind the new book you will find it is either sources from some Westbro type nut or is financed by some such nut. either way there is no hope of preventing publication unless it can be shown that some such person or group is behind such a pack of lies.

    1. I’m sure that what is driving this horrific nut job is two related situations.

      1. the boys scouts of America just recently changed to allow openly gay scouts to be in the BSA

      2. we can assume that part of that reason is that Russell henderson, one of the killers was an eagle scout.

      The hatred never ends. Its time to bring back for a few persons including the writer the way the french more humanely executed people during the revolution to get rid of the cabal of church and state that kept the people in bondage

      BTW Dennis Diederot a philosopher said during that revolution – Mankind will be free when the last king is strangled with the guts of the last priest

      Perhaps its time to add the writer of this horrific crap to Diederots list

  2. A book based on a single anonymous letter making unfounded accusations? I hope the thing spectacularly flops. (And at $15.60 – $26.00, it will!)

  3. Reminds me of holocaust revisionism.

  4. He’s spent, he claims, 13 years investigating this – waste of time, we know what happened. It’s the same type of nutter as those who insist the twin towers were actually blown up by the CIA or FBI.

    The first part of the book seems drivel, mostly him talking in detail about his journey. However, on page 11;

    “After a few days of research at the courthouse I left Laramie, laden with notes compiles from thousands of pages of court documents”

    What’s wrong with that? Could you read thousands of pages of court documents, and take notes, in a few days? Clearly he’s already established himself as a liar.

    If you want to buy a book, buy “The Meaning of Matthew”, written by Judy Shepherd. It was the people who murdered him who on meth, there’s little doubt about that. He was murdered because he was gay.

    This is just a sordid attempt to attack hate crimes legislation, and the memory of a victim of a hate crime.

  5. That There Other David 15 Sep 2013, 12:47pm

    Given that those convicted of his murder used “gay panic” as the core of their defence argument how can this possibly be true?

    I call money-grabbing BS of the highest order.

    1. GulliverUK 15 Sep 2013, 1:47pm

      And yours is one of the most critical points, isn’t it. They tried to use a “gay panic” defense, admitting their reasons for torturing and killing him.

      Also, why would you torture someone for $20 – if you could overpower them and just take it, and then you’d be off to get your meth.

      1. floridahank 15 Sep 2013, 4:46pm

        If you’re on meth…your thinking and response could be abnormal and vicious, and criminals do violent things so it’s not hard to believe the men did it for their enjoyment, and the $20 was incidental. Perhaps they all were homosexuals and drug users. I would have to see the thorough profiles of all concerned to make a final judgment.

        1. The killers both used alcohol and and drugs as the reason for attacking Matthew but this was countered by the campus local bars bartender Matthew Galloway who served McKinney that night said “he had no mannerisms or actions that would lead me to believe he was in a state of intoxication” and Mr McKinney also said “the night I did it, I did have a hatred of homosexuals”, According to Pierotti, McKinney told him that initial motive was robbery. But he targeted Shepard, he said, because “he was obviously gay. That played a part. His weakness. His frailty.”
          The two had led Shepard to believe they were gay. Matthew, believing they wanted to discuss the politics and struggle of the gay movement, followed McKinney and Henderson into their truck. After getting in the truck, Henderson said “McKinney pulled out a gun and told Matthew Shepard to give him his wallet.” McKinney said “Guess what. We’re not gay. And you’re gonna get jacked.” When Matthew refused, McKinney hit him with the gun.

          1. floridahank 16 Sep 2013, 1:25am

            When you commented, ” he said, I did have a hatred of homosexuals,'” is it possible that he had closet homosexual feelings and that was the basis for the attack? Because many times it’s argued on this board that men who have anti-homosexual comments are possibly hiding their homosexual desires. So maybe there truly was a homosexual basis for this attack.

          2. When asked the question by the prosecution he was told to refer to events that night and what he felt that night, after all the trial was covering an event committed on that night so him answering past tense shouldn’t be confused with a change of heart, both of the killers avoided the death penalty becaus Matthew has stated in the past to be against the death penalty, even thought his parents supported the death penalty. Both killers live because of Matthew and his father in a speech to the court said he wanted them to thank Matthew for every day they live, and that nothing would please him more that to watch McKinney die.

        2. This book completely overlooks the police investigation instead relies on unreliable sources who have no evidence to support the claim Matthew was a meth addict or his killers were gay, the book completely has ignored actual statements made by the killers which prove they did not intend to kill Matthew but still died as a result of their actions, and targeted him because they put gay and weak into the same category, they are nothing more than cowards who will rightfully never see another day of freedom again.

  6. Mihangel apYrs 15 Sep 2013, 1:04pm

    one anonymous letter enabled this “journalist” to write an entire exposure which the authorities had completely ignored, but which would have enabled them to avoid the exorciation heaped on them, and by the defence team, who would have found it invaluable in exculpating their clients.

    1. It appears Mr Jimenez is an intelligent, respected fellow (Writers Guild of America Award, an Emmy, and several fellowships). I’m at odds as to why he’d pen such utter, utter tripe.

      1. religious extremism and money is the root of all evil

  7. bobbleobble 15 Sep 2013, 1:10pm

    Is this a genuine suggestion of some sort of liberal cover up? In WYOMING! If the police had genuine evidence of this then they would have used it.

  8. Robert in S. Kensington 15 Sep 2013, 2:31pm

    Even if one of the perpetrators were bi-sexual and probably self-loathing too wouldn’t exonerate Matthew’s murder from being considered a homophobic crime.

    My heart goes out to Matthew’s mother having this thrown in her face. Jimenez is doing nothing more than making a quick buck for himself. How on earth could an anonymous letter which was never presented in court or investigated by the police be considered as evidence? In an anti-gay state such as Wyoming you would think a homophobic defence would have seized upon it and flaunted it to the hilt.

    1. floridahank 15 Sep 2013, 4:54pm

      Robert, you said, “How on earth could an anonymous letter which was never presented in court or investigated by the police be considered as evidence?”
      Don’t be naïve, you know that many times not all evidence is presented, that lawyers keep information and evidence to themselves though it’s illegal. Lawyers can be liars and deceitful. The same with police, they are not always competent and thorough as can be seen in many cases where innocent people are released after new evidence is found, etc. Also, every mother will defend their children — have you ever heard a mother say, “I believe he/she is guilt?’ before the trial?
      Many times it takes a later investigation to come up with the truth that contradicts the earlier conclusion. The criminal justice system is anything but perfect.

  9. barriejohn 15 Sep 2013, 2:50pm

    Your first paragraph and Facebook headline are badly constructed and very misleading here:

    “arguing against original accounts that the murder was in fact not an anti-gay hate crime, but was committed by his bisexual lover”

    Anyone unacquainted with the facts could be forgiven for taking that the wrong way entirely!

  10. It says that the letter was found in sealed court documents, meaning it was reviewed at some point or another by the legal teams for both the prosecution and defense. If they didn’t see fit to make a big deal out of it at the trial, then it should be fairly obvious that it isn’t a big deal at all.
    But lets assume for a moment that, even though it is stored as a court document, nobody in the court had ever seen it, let alone read it. What is the first thing you do with case-breaking new evidence? Take it to the police for further examination? Show it to a judge at court and request in inquiry or retrial? Or publish it as a book to line your own pockets with profit?
    Stephen Jimenez is attempting to profit from the death of Matthew Shepard. And that is low, even for a journalist. The fact that he hasn’t presented his findings to the court shows the value of what he has, and the fact he’s trying to make money from it shows the value of him as a person.

  11. Still does not change the fact that a beautiful, handsome young was murdered. It is sick people are making money out of his memory in this way.

  12. floridahank 15 Sep 2013, 5:56pm

    Did you know this:
    The Washington Post covered the murder of Robert Wone, a 32-year-old lawyer, and the three friends in “polyamorous” gay marriage who police think killed him in their million-dollar Washington, D.C. townhouse.
    Wone was a married, ambitious, and politically active attorney for Radio Free Asia. He’d attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia and law school at the University of Pennsylvania, was previously an associate at the white-shoe law firm Covington & Burling, and was the president-elect of the D.C. chapter of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He was found dead of stab wounds in August 2006 in the guest bedroom of a home owned by his long-time friends Joseph Price and Victor Zaborsky. Continued below.

  13. floridahank 15 Sep 2013, 5:58pm

    Price, the chairman of a gay-rights group called Equality Virginia, was a college friend of Wone’s and intellectual property lawyer at the Washington law firm Arent Price. Zaborsky, a marketing executive for the dairy trade group that sponsors the “Got Milk” ad campaign, is Price’s husband. They have two children—one fathered by Price and born to a lesbian friend, another fathered by Zaborsky to the same woman. Price and Zaborsky shared their home with Dylan Ward, a culinary school graduate and massage therapist-in-training who went from renting the couple’s basement apartment to a “dominant-submissive sexual relationship” with Price, and a place in their home and marriage.
    Wone had stayed at the office late on the night of his death, and rather than take the Metro home late at night, he arranged to stay the night at the nearby home of his friends Price, Ward, and Zaborsky. The three men say an intruder stabbed Wone three times in the chest, and ran away. Police say it was all a lie.

    1. Gene in L.A. 15 Sep 2013, 6:25pm

      How is this in any way relevant to the case of Matthew Shephard? Why are you inserting it here?

      1. Why don’t you ask Pink News to cover the story? Send them the links to the story, am sure some one of the team will pick it up. No need to hijack the comments section.


      2. floridahank 16 Sep 2013, 1:16am

        Just thought I’d mention that homosexuals can hate heterosexuals also. Human nature isn’t focused on one type of sexual deviancy — but I’m not sure this story received very much publicity as did the one on Matthew Shephard and I don’t why it didn’t.

        1. Floridahank, any homosexual who has negative feelings towards heterosexuals tend to be the ones that are disowned by their family shunned by their friends and bullied and taunted for being gay, if a gay man or woman can’t rely on their own faimly, this could develop into a general dislike of heterosexuals, an African American could develop a dislike for white people if they only meet racists.

        2. Floridahank I’ve have found no data on this story of yours. Tell me, do you ever hear stories of LGBT people rounding up heterosexuals putting guns to their heads and then executing them. Well this has happened to 400 LGBT people in Iraq from 2009 to 2011 carried out by vigilantes aided by their government. This received no attention from the media or condemnation by the government, not once has a gay person committed such a crime based on sexual orientation, if you can give an example please enlighten me.

          1. I suspect that Hank is posting the sort of anecdote that circulates in fundamentalist churches for the purpose of propping up their homophobia. An unhinged old homophobe once sent me a newspaper cutting about a drug-dealing rent-boy who had murdered his mother for her cash. He was convinced that this was proof that gays were all evil. Stupidity as well as well as bigotry at play.

        3. That There Other David 16 Sep 2013, 11:43am

          Are you seriously arguing that these long-term friends of Wone hated his being straight so much that they invited him to stay at their home because they wanted to murder him?

          Because otherwise where exactly do you draw any conclusion from the story that gays can hate straights? Your reasoning is akin to claiming that because M and U are letters in the word murder then T must be Hitler. It’s nonsense.

        4. Yes, please tell us more about all those gay people who go around rounding up heterosexuals, muggings them and attacking them. It’s SUCH a common occurrence. Trying to turn it around saying “gays can do bad things too” is probably the most pathetic thing I have witnessed on here

          The way in which you are attempting to justify the murder of an innocent teen is quite disgusting, you really should be ashamed of yourself apologist

        5. and I don’t why it didn’t.

          Could it not be because the gay men you’ve decided were guilty were in fact acquitted, and there is no evidence whatsoever in this mysterious case to suggest that Wone was killed because of his sexuality?

          You really do come across as a toxically prejudiced buffoon, Flo.

          1. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Sep 2013, 8:34pm

            Don’t feed the self-loathing troll, Rehan. He goes to American sites and does the same thing, a religious nutter too.

  14. Jimenez’s and the publisher’s crap claims would never be admissible as evidence, nor would they survive the level of critical examination that occurs in a doctoral oral exam. Jimenez makes Kitty Kelly look like a respectable scholar. What’s more, is that their marketing ploys are intensely obnoxious. They frame the issue as being one of gay people allegedly “not wanting to accept” this irresponsibly-reported book — but in fact what they are doing with that, is exploiting the niche market of anti-gays willing to tell any lie to obfuscate that Matt’s murder was an anti-gay hate crime. The notion that because, allegedly, one of the murderers was bi-sexual, he couldn’t possibly have committed an anti-gay hate crime, wouldn’t survive a Psychology 101 text book. I’d like to see a serious book reviewer evaluate this junk, but I doubt that the Times Book Review, or anything like it, would even stoop to acknowledging it. We’ll see, though.

  15. This one book I won’t be reading!

  16. Such cynical exploitation of that poor boy’s death.
    The truly awful thing is that the writer knows for sure that there will be a large homophobic, bible-bashing, red-neck market eager to buy the book. Why else write it?

  17. Jimenez’ version sounds like it would make a better movie, but that’s all to be said for it. Seems a far less plausible version of events.

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