Steeped in controversy, The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard is author Stephen Jimenez’s examination of the 1998 murder from a new angle — one that views the killing as a drug-related crime rather than the hate crime it is commonly considered to have been.
The book comes together after more than a decade of research by Jimenez, an Emmy-winning investigative journalist who has been a contributor for ABC News, Nova and Fox News. Jimenez has said that he began researching the murder in an effort to write a play about it, but then uncovered things he didn’t expect. In the book, the story of a random targeting and brutal killing of a gay man is dismissed and replaced by a tale involving a payment on drug debts gone bad — one that ends in murder at the hands of Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney (the latter of whom the author pinpoints as Shepard’s onetime lover).
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Jimenez will read and sign copies of the book at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue, tonight at 7:30 p.m.; the presentation is free. For more information, go to tatteredcover.com or call 303-322-7727.
Mon., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., 2013