Losing Matt Shepard: Life and Politics in the Aftermath of Anti-Gay Murder

By Beth Loffreda | Go to book overview

CHAPTER SIX

On April 28th, 2000, I drove north from Laramie to Casper, Matt's hometown. When you take that trip you pass through Bosler first, a handful of falling-down buildings one heart attack away from a ghost town; then Rock River, population 190, the railroad looping along its western edge. Medicine Bow is up next, a few streets and a row of high-tech windmills harvesting the permanently whipped-up air. You can see the hunched back of Como Bluff in the distance, where the dinosaur bone wars played out over a hundred years ago and fossil hunters still dig up remnants of cruel past worlds. Then just beyond the Virginian Hotel, Medicine Bow's small claim to western fame, you hang a right into the Shirley Basin, and the world drops away fast.

Recently some researchers have argued that the old frontier persists in America, demographically speaking anyway. If you cat-

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Author's Note xv
  • Chapter One 1
  • Chapter Two 33
  • Chapter Three 63
  • Chapter Four 91
  • Chapter Five 123
  • Chapter Six 165
  • A Note on Sources 185
  • Acknowledgments 187
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