The Laramie Project 10 Years Later is an expanded version of the stage play about the murder of Matthew Shepard, and includes an epilogue based on interviews with one of Shepard’s killers, Aaron McKinney.
Pierotti logged more than 10 hours of interviews with McKinney, but failed to get the killer to express any remorse.
“As far as Matt is concerned, I don’t have any remorse,” McKinney is quoted as saying in the script.
When pressed again on the question of regret, McKinney said he was sorry for Shepard’s family and that his life had taken such a bad turn.
“Yeah, I got remorse. But probably not the way people want me to,” McKinney said. “I got remorse that I didn’t live the way my dad taught me to live.”
I don’t think that hate crimes should be punished any more or less harshly than other murders. But this should put an end to the discussion over whether Shepard’s murder was a hate crime.