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Stephen Jimenez went to Laramie to research the story of Matthew Shepard's murder in 2000, after the two men convicted of killing him had gone to prison, and after the national media had moved on. His aim was to write a screenplay on what he, and the rest of the nation, believed to be an open-and-shut case of bigoted violence. As a gay man, he felt an added moral imperative to tell Matthew's story. But what Jimenez eventually found in Wyoming was a tangled web of secrets. His exhaustive investigation also plunged him deep into the deadly underworld of drug trafficking. Over the course of a thirteen-year investigation, Jimenez traveled to twenty states and Washington DC, and interviewed more than a hundred sources.
Who was the real Matthew Shepard and what were the true circumstances of his brutal murder? And now that he was larger than life, did anyone care? The Book of Matt is sure to stir passions and inspire dialogue as it re-frames this misconstrued crime and its cast of characters, proving irrefutably that Matthew Shepard was not killed for being gay but for reasons far more complicated - and daunting.
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By G on 11-04-13
Finding The Truth When Media Distorts Reality
WHAT MADE THE EXPERIENCE OF LISTENING TO THE BOOK OF MATT THE MOST ENJOYABLE?
Paul Fleschner has an amazing voice. Before I purchase any book on audible I listen to the sample and decide if I can listen to the narrator for the number of hours listed! Time passes quickly and is entertaining when I listen to this narrator. I will buy more books narrated by Paul Fleschner.
WHAT OTHER BOOKS MIGHT YOU COMPARE THE BOOK OF MATT TO AND WHY?
"All the President's Men" by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein also gives a view of investigative journalism and how decisions are made to print as news, televise, or be published as a book. The authors of both books are scrutinized and feel pressured politically and socially. Though the truth they ultimately uncover may be painful and unwanted, they remain true to their calling.
WHICH CHARACTER – AS PERFORMED BY PAUL FLESCHNER – WAS YOUR FAVORITE?
In this book Paul Fleschner was the author, Stephen Jimenez, though he spoke at different times in the 'voice' of other intermittent characters. He was able to move smoothly from one to another. He has a special quality to his voice that commands attention, but is not overbearing; displays emotion, but doesn't over-do. I was captivated by the story, the mystery unfolding, because of the great narration.
WHAT’S THE MOST INTERESTING TIDBIT YOU’VE PICKED UP FROM THIS BOOK?
I learned about the Matt Shepard Foundation and the amazing things they have accomplished over the past 15 years since his death, including passage of the "Matt Shepard Act ". The discovery of additional information about him and the circumstances surrounding his violent murder doesn't diminish the good his family has done for Human Rights. Matt Shepard's flaws and poor decision-making only make him more real. I hope the website will expand its reach to include links for information and help for addictions if the investigative work of Jimenez is accepted. Meth, in particular, is creating a scourge on our society--it should not be ignored. As a high school teacher I have seen the affects of meth on our community ...devastation beyond comprehension.
ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS?
Jimenez innocently began preparation for a screenplay about the murder of a gay man that headlines reported as a 'hate crime'. His investigative integrity and curiosity led him on a journey of revelation he never imagined. He could have stopped investigating and let the manipulation and reality distortion of the press remain intact. The jury had put two men away for two life terms in prison for the horrific murder. But truth was something he was trained to seek and each crumb he discovered had to be pursued. Some were fruitful, some not, and much patience was required over the 13 years of research.
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By Tony on 10-05-13
The truth honors Matt, The myth uses him.
If you could sum up The Book of Matt in three words, what would they be?
Incredibly well researched.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
The fact that the writer is gay; and that a gay publication endorses it.
Which character – as performed by Paul Fleschner – was your favorite?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The moment it is revealed just how deep into the drug trade Mathew really was at the time of his death.
Any additional comments?
You can't take a tragedy, and twist the truth to further you own agenda. Very slimy.
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