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October 10, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Every year, the day sneaks on up Judy Shepard to deliver its sucker punch from the past: The 12th of October. The day Matthew died. "It hits you and you say to yourself: Oh, this is the day," she says. "This is why I feel so terrible. " Fifteen years ago this week, gay college student Matthew Shepard was pistol-whipped and left for dead: unconscious, barely alive, lashed to a jagged wooden fence outside this small prairie city by two men disgusted by his homosexuality.
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October 10, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Every year, the day sneaks on up Judy Shepard to deliver its sucker punch from the past: The 12th of October. The day Matthew died. "It hits you and you say to yourself: Oh, this is the day," she says. "This is why I feel so terrible. " Fifteen years ago this week, gay college student Matthew Shepard was pistol-whipped and left for dead: unconscious, barely alive, lashed to a jagged wooden fence outside this small prairie city by two men disgusted by his homosexuality.
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September 14, 1999 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She is fine-featured and wary. Mostly wary. Judy Shepard, the reluctant activist, is still coming to terms with this business of public revelation, public grief and public debate, a role thrust upon her after the brutal murder of her son last October. Matthew Shepard's death in Laramie became a nexus for hot-button issues of the day: gay rights, hate crimes and the death penalty among them.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Mitt Romney apologized Thursday after a newspaper story described bullying behavior on his part when he was an 18-year-old senior at an elite, all-boys prep school in Michigan. The Washington Post detailed a 1965 incident at Cranbrook School in which a buttoned-down Romney apparently was incensed by the dyed blond locks of a junior known for his "nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. " He led a "posse" of students in a charge against the boy, the Post reported. "He can't look like that," Romney reportedly told a close friend at the time.
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November 7, 1999 | From Associated Press
The Unabomber's brother, David Kaczynski, received an award Saturday from the state bar association for turning in his relative and said he had been moved to tears when Matthew Shepard's mother asked that her son's killer not face the death penalty in another widely publicized case. "Maybe you can imagine what I was feeling: The report [on the Shepard case] hit very close to home, touching memories that are never far removed," Kaczynski told members of the New York State Bar Assn.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Mitt Romney apologized Thursday after a newspaper story described bullying behavior on his part when he was an 18-year-old senior at an elite, all-boys prep school in Michigan. The Washington Post detailed a 1965 incident at Cranbrook School in which a buttoned-down Romney apparently was incensed by the dyed blond locks of a junior known for his "nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. " He led a "posse" of students in a charge against the boy, the Post reported. "He can't look like that," Romney reportedly told a close friend at the time.
NEWS
June 26, 2001 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like old friends, they sat across the table from one another. She listened as he recalled his "fag-bashing" days as a neo-Nazi skinhead. He listened as she spoke about the death of her son, brutally murdered because he was gay. They were meeting this day face to face for the third time, brought together by a shared cause, a commitment to stamping out hatred and the violence it spawns.
NEWS
November 5, 1999 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The parents of slain college student Matthew Shepard interceded to save the life of his killer, brokering an eleventh-hour deal that will send Aaron McKinney to prison for life while sparing him the death penalty. As the sentencing phase of the murder trial in Laramie, Wyo., was about to begin Thursday morning, Judge Barton Voigt announced the deal: McKinney, 22, is to serve two consecutive life sentences, has no chance for parole and no opportunity to appeal. Dennis Shepard read a lengthy, emotional statement in court Thursday, calling his 21-year-old gay son his hero and citing his special gift for helping people.
NEWS
November 9, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Twenty minutes after being convicted last week of murdering gay college student Matthew Shepard, Aaron McKinney was back in jail, smiling, laughing and watching himself on television, a sheriff's detective said in Washington. Jail officials are worried that McKinney is becoming a celebrity among younger inmates, said Sgt. Rob DeBree, a detective in the Albany County, Wyo., sheriff's department.
NEWS
August 16, 2000
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NEWS
June 26, 2001 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like old friends, they sat across the table from one another. She listened as he recalled his "fag-bashing" days as a neo-Nazi skinhead. He listened as she spoke about the death of her son, brutally murdered because he was gay. They were meeting this day face to face for the third time, brought together by a shared cause, a commitment to stamping out hatred and the violence it spawns.
NATIONAL
November 7, 1999 | From Associated Press
The Unabomber's brother, David Kaczynski, received an award Saturday from the state bar association for turning in his relative and said he had been moved to tears when Matthew Shepard's mother asked that her son's killer not face the death penalty in another widely publicized case. "Maybe you can imagine what I was feeling: The report [on the Shepard case] hit very close to home, touching memories that are never far removed," Kaczynski told members of the New York State Bar Assn.
NEWS
November 5, 1999 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The parents of slain college student Matthew Shepard interceded to save the life of his killer, brokering an eleventh-hour deal that will send Aaron McKinney to prison for life while sparing him the death penalty. As the sentencing phase of the murder trial in Laramie, Wyo., was about to begin Thursday morning, Judge Barton Voigt announced the deal: McKinney, 22, is to serve two consecutive life sentences, has no chance for parole and no opportunity to appeal. Dennis Shepard read a lengthy, emotional statement in court Thursday, calling his 21-year-old gay son his hero and citing his special gift for helping people.
NEWS
September 14, 1999 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She is fine-featured and wary. Mostly wary. Judy Shepard, the reluctant activist, is still coming to terms with this business of public revelation, public grief and public debate, a role thrust upon her after the brutal murder of her son last October. Matthew Shepard's death in Laramie became a nexus for hot-button issues of the day: gay rights, hate crimes and the death penalty among them.
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May 2, 1986 | Compiled by Terry Atkinson
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET
Cal State Northridge's student government Wednesday kicked off a "Week of Activism," a series of activities meant to increase tolerance and get members of the public involved in civic life. Featured events include a workshop on how to influence politicians and a lecture by Judy Shepard, mother of slain gay University of Wyoming freshman Matthew Shepard.
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