Wyoming – Next week marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard. Shepard was a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was robbed and beaten near Laramie on the night of October 6, 1998. He died of severe head injuries on October 12th of that year. Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney, both of Laramie, are serving life sentences in prison for the murder.
Beth Loffreda is an associate professor in the English Department at the University of Wyoming. She's also the author of Losing Matt Shepard, published in 2000. The book looked at how the murder affected Laramie and Wyoming. Loffreda says those effects continue today. Addie Goss asked her, if she could add anything to the book now, what it would be.