Apparently, Matthew Shepard's brief life was not a bed of roses. His death was not the first time he had been assaulted. While a high school exchange student, he was beaten and raped in Morocco. He suffered flashbacks and depression for the rest of his life. The manner of his death (and the post-mortem abuse that he continues to suffer from the haters) becomes that much more cruel with this knowledge.
As you will hear, Judy Shepard is far from bitter or hateful; and if anyone is entitled to be, she should be, but she is not. She is a painfully shy woman thrust by events into a leadership role she never wanted. Listen to the interview on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show here.