Righting a Wrong is a book I normally would't read, but a friend asked me…
Ofcourse we all know about the murder of Matthew Shepard that happened in 1998. Shepard was beaten to death, tied to a fence in Laramie and left to die. Two men were convicted and are now spending their lives in jail for this crime.
The media always claimed this was a hate crime. Shepard was killed because he was gay and tried to make a pass at the wrong people.
But what if there was more to the story than that? In this book Jimenez claims that the crime wasn’t about homosexuality at all. It was simply a crime of drugs and money. He claims that Shepard was a big time drug dealer and messed with the wrong crowd and therefore was killed. Jimenez tries to make his point by interviewing a lot of people, including the 2 men who are convicted for the crime.
When the book came out it was heavily criticized and I can imagine why. The writing is badly at best, proof is limited and an interview is never complete, but only quotes are taken out, which just happen to underline the point.
According to the list in the back of the book, well over a hundred people have been interviewed for this book. Problem is that a lot of them wish to remain anonymous and are only mentioned by reference or under an alias. However, not in 1 quote we can see where the information comes from. Is it a statement, an interview or something directly told to the writer by another person.
I read several books and articles about the case and this has to be the worst so far. Ofcourse Matthews parents will try to make the best of their son, but I cannot believe a vital part like this would be left out completely. If the crime was drug related, why has this never at any point come out in the past? Several police officers who were there at the time said on record these statements are laughable and very unbelievable.
For myself, I choose to believe the hate crime story. Shepard was an innocent, maybe a little naive boy that just happened to meet the wrong people. He believed he could trust them and paid the ultimate price for it.
For more information about Matthew Shepard or the case see here
For more information about the Matthew Shepard foundation go here