About the film
Anatomy of a Hate Crime
Release Date: January 01, 2001
|Production Companies||:||Team Entertainment|
|Producers||:||Candice Elzinga, Bill Bannerman, Bette Chadwick|
This MTV film dramatizes the horrific hate-crime killing of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard (Cy Carter) in Wyoming. In 1998, Shepard, a gay college student, was savagely beaten by Russell Henderson (Ian Somerhalder) and Aaron McKinney (Brendan Fletcher), who left their victim to die. Flashbacks paint a picture of Shepard's life and provide insight into why the killers, who initially set out to rob the young man, would commit such a brutal murder.