Nov 05, 2013 3:21 PM GMT
*Matt Shepard was no innocent. Indeed, Jimenez paints the portrait of a young man caught up in a world of drugs - particularly methamphetamine - that stretches all the way from Denver to Laramie.
Sources tell the author that Shepard not only was a user of meth (and other hard drugs), but he also was a dealer, moving shipments up from Denver as part of a "family" operation.
Jimenez also shows that Shepard was no innocent sexually, either. He partied hard and was very active. This was no innocent 21-year-old who was misled at the now-defunct Fireside Lounge on Oct. 6, 1998, Jimenez argues.
* Shepard was not killed by strangers. Jimenez documents that he knew his main killer, Aaron McKinney, and knew him well.
They were competing meth dealers (Jimenez shows McKinney was a hard-driven meth addict), but they also bought and sold from one another. They also partied together - and had sex with one another. The author cites numerous sources to support this contention.
* Shepard was not killed by McKinney (and his best friend, Russell Henderson) in a fit of homophobic rage - as the myth portrays. Since they knew each other, and McKinney was bisexual, Jimenez argues, the "gay panic" defense simply does not hold water.