The author of a recent book purporting that the murder of Matthew Shepard wasn’t an anti-gay hate crime and that Shepard had been involved with methamphetamine will be in San Francisco Tuesday, January 21 to discuss the book.
Stephen Jimenez, author of The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard, will appear at 6:30 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street. A book signing will begin at about 7:30. There’s no cost to attend.
Shepard, a gay college student, was 21 in October 1998 when he left a Laramie, Wyoming bar with Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. Less than a day later, he was found brutally beaten and tied to a fence. He soon died from his injuries. A jury found McKinney guilty of second-degree murder, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery. Henderson took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to felony murder and kidnapping charges. Both men are expected to spend the rest of their lives in prison. A national hate crimes law signed by President Barack Obama in 2009 bears Shepard’s name.
Jimenez, who’s gay, said he relied on his interviews with over 100 people – including McKinney, Henderson, and numerous law enforcement officials, and several people who knew Shepard – as well as “voluminous public records.” However, some have criticized Jimenez for, among other reasons, including anonymous sources.