The October/November article in gay publication THE ADVOCATE on the Matthew Shepard murder is titled "Have We Got It All Wrong?" Here you can read it. Written by Aaron Hicklin it presents the findings of journalist Stephen Jimenez which contradict the interpretation of the Shepard murder as a hate crime.
In "The Book of Matt," Jimenez frames the event as the kind of crazed act which happens when people are on drugs. Shepard and his killers supposedly all used meth (in days before Walter White was cooking it in Arizona.) Jimenez is chasing the truth.
However, as we know in law and communications the truth isn't always the most important thing. More critical can be the consequences which happened because X was framed, interpreted, and promoted in a particular but not necessarily 100% accurate matter. The status of gays in society was helped by the fallout from the perception that Shepard's murder was a hate crime. That became the platform for lobbying for rights such as to marry and share in the benefits of the married. The truth, as the old saying goes, might set us free. But it won't put a partner of the same sex on your medical benefits or allow that partner to make decisions for you when ill.
Truth is relative. King George's truth was that George Washington and John Adams were traitors. For many of the colonists the truth was that King George was a greedy tyrant.
In addition to being relative, truth may be over-rated. In the early 1970s, I explored my psyche with psychologist David W. Harder at the University of Michigan Medical Center to find the truth about my pain. I don't know if we found it. However, that didn't stop the suffering. Dr. Harder went on to a career at Tufts University. For years I continued to underachieve. What stopped all that was the desperate need to make a buck Download Geezerguts. Truth became downright irrelevant.