In Brokeback Mountain, there are references made to a tire iron that coincides with hate crimes.
Ennis explains to Jack about an incident involving a tire iron involving a homosexual when he was younger:
And I don’t want a be dead. There was these two old guys ranched together down home, Earl and Rich — Dad would pass a remark when he seen them. They was a joke even though they was pretty tough old birds. I was what, nine years old, and they found Earl dead in a irrigation ditch. they’d took a tire iron to him…what the tire iron done looked like pieces a burned tomatoes all over him, nose tore down from skiddin on gravel
Ennis goes on to explain his father's hatred in regards to homosexuals while he and Jack were lying in bed:
Dad laughed about it. Hell, for all I know he done the job. If he was alive and was to put his head in that door right now you bet he’d go get his tire iron
Later, when Jack's wife is explaining his death to Ennis, she doesn't mention a tire iron, but Ennis is imagining Jack being beaten by a tire iron while she explains Jack's death:
Jack was pumping up a flat on the truck out on a back road when the tire blew up…the force of the explosion slammed the rim into his face, broke his nose and jaw and knocked him unconscious on his back. By the time someone came along he had drowned in his own blood.
Why does Ennis assume that Jack was beaten with a tire iron? Was Ennis so traumatized by the event from his childhood, that he thinks that if a homosexual is discovered, that they would automatically be beaten with a tire iron?