"It Made A Difference In Lives" Up Close Memories Of The Shepard Murder

Oct 5, 2018

A photo of Julie Heggie and Gayle Woodsum in August, 1998, just a few months before Matthew Shepard's murder.
Credit Julie Heggie

Matthew Shepard's murder was a shock to everyone in the city of Laramie…but especially to gay and lesbian couples living there. One couple was especially close to the crime. Julie Heggie was the county coroner and attended Matthew Shepard’s autopsy. Her partner at the time was Gayle Woodsum, a victim's advocate. Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards sat down with them to remember when Heggie got a strange phone call at three in the morning. She says it was the only time in her long career that she ever got a call concerning someone who hadn't died yet.