The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Murdock Cooper is a local rancher who tries to feel more comfortable about Matthew Shepard’s murder by dwelling on the possibility that, if Matthew hit on Aaron McKinney, it may have been partially his own fault. Murdock Cooper’s reaction represents one of many homophobic ways of perceiving Matthew’s murder that circulated as the community tried to process the tragedy.

Murdock Cooper Quotes in The Laramie Project

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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dramatists Play Service edition of The Laramie Project published in 2001.
Act 2: Live and Let Live Quotes

Some people are saying he made a pass at them. You don’t pick up regular people. I’m not excusing their actions, but it made me feel better because it was partially Matthew Shepard’s fault and partially the guys who did it… you know maybe it’s fifty-fifty.

Page Number: 59
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Murdock Cooper Character Timeline in The Laramie Project

The timeline below shows where the character Murdock Cooper appears in The Laramie Project. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2: Live and Let Live
Homophobia, Tolerance, and Acceptance Theme Icon
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...strong objection to homosexuality, saying he would tell his children it is “what animals do.” Murdock Cooper , another resident, says that there are more gay people in Laramie than meets the... (full context)