Ep. 5 The Crime that Shocked the Nation

The Murder of Matthew Shepard

This is a story of a boy who became a man and held onto a secret I’m sure some of you can relate to. One of my favorite quotes by Etta Turner is “In a world where you can be anything, be yourself.” What happens when you encounter someone who hates who you were born to be and makes the choice that your life is not as valuable as theirs. The story I am about to tell isn’t one where I would like to highlight the criminals as much as I’d like to tell you that we as humans are more alike than we think.

Matthew Shepard
Matthews Parents Judy and Dennis
The Fence Matthew was found in critical condition on October 7th 1998
Russell Henderson (left) and Aaron McKinney (right)
Founded December 1998 by Dennis and Judy

Sources

Matthew Shepard Image
https://encorespotlight.com/sla-a-gripping-musical-exploration-of-matthew-shepard-comes-to-stanford-live-2019/

The Fence Image
https://nypost.com/2013/09/21/new-book-questions-matthew-shepard-killing/

Matthews Parents Judy and Dennis Image
https://watermarkonline.com/2018/10/24/matthew-shepards-parents-reflect-on-sons-legacy-criticize-trump/

Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney Image
https://famous-trials.com/mattshepard/2496-matthew-shepard-murder-a-chronology

Movie: Matt Shepard a Friend of Mine

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/26/the-truth-behind-americas-most-famous-gay-hate-murder-matthew-shepard

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45968606

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Matthew-Shepard

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/matthew-shepard

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/26/us/matthew-shepard-washington-service/index.html

https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/murder-matthew-shepard

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