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post #1 of 19
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Amber's Book Deal

She was the star of the Scott Peterson murder trial and now she'll reportedly tell her story in a book. Amber Frey, whose testimony and taped conversations helped cement Scott Peterson's reputation as a cad, is said to have signed a lucrative deal for a book that will reportedly be published in February.
http://www.insideedition.com/

Should those who've been in scandals profit from the fame/notoriety the scandals brought?

What about those who sell their stories to tabloids? Would you cash in if you had slept with Scott Peterson? Do you buy these 'tell-all' books? Do you think Kobe Bryant's accuser will one day have a book out too?
post #2 of 19
I suppose that everyone's entitled to their 15 minutes. Since the courts overturned the "Son of Sam" law, even the criminals are allowed to profit from books and movies (their victims' lawyers get all of the money, though).

As for Amber Frey - you don't think that Gloria Allred is representing her for free, do you? This book deal has probably been in the works, since Day One.
post #3 of 19
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No, I don't think her lawyer is working for free. The lawyer might be working for extra marketing, plus fees. High profile equals more exposure equals more business.

What more could Amber tell us? How many moles Scott has?

My point is, do you respect those who sell out for money? I'd personally be embarrassed and would want it all to go away asap. Not do book signings.
post #4 of 19
Most of these "Tell all" books white wash it anyways.
So who cares? I won't read her book, nor take it seriously.
post #5 of 19
Remember the O.J. jurors who "wrote" books? Does anybody remember any of their names, now? I read the books written by the attorneys and detectives, on the case - MUCH more interesting.
post #6 of 19
I personally would never purchase one, but unfortunately there is a market out there for them.
post #7 of 19
I saw on FOX news this morning that Amber Frey is writing a book. I cannot imagine what that stupid, sleazy tramp could possibly have to say of any interest. She set the reputation of massage therapy as a guise for immoral practices back 20 years. I wouldn't line a litterbox with her book if someone paid me to take it. I know Gloria Allred is a publicity hound, but I cannot imagine why even she would represent such a person, or why Ms. Frey even needed an attorney if she had done nothing wrong. I do not believe for one minute that she did not know Scott Peterson was married.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by katl8e
Remember the O.J. jurors who "wrote" books? Does anybody remember any of their names, now? I read the books written by the attorneys and detectives, on the case - MUCH more interesting.
I'm like Cindy - I enjoy reading true crime accounts, particularly those written by or with people involved in the investigation or with the legal aspects of the cases. I don't read those "written" by people directly or indirectly involved in the cases themselves. As Marge said, they "white wash" too much.
post #9 of 19
As long as there are people willing to buy such books, there is money to be made, and it is justified to someone. I won't buy it. I don't need to know about their affair, that really doesn't mean anything to me as someone interested in criminal psychology. But there always has been and always will be a market for smut. Look at the Tabloids!
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by mrsd
No, I don't think her lawyer is working for free. The lawyer might be working for extra marketing, plus fees. High profile equals more exposure equals more business.

What more could Amber tell us? How many moles Scott has?

My point is, do you respect those who sell out for money? I'd personally be embarrassed and would want it all to go away asap. Not do book signings.


I agree wholeheartedly. And yes, everyone can have their 15 minutes, so to speak, but I honestly feel that if the cash generated from these mindless, embellished forays into "journalism" would put the money towards victim (not Amber) compensation, child rape, and trauma help for children then maybe everyone would think twice about jumping to write a 400 page tabloid spectacle to benefit their own checking accounts.
JUST IMO!!!!
Elizabeth
post #11 of 19
Honestly I have no desire at all to read her book...she didn't do anything special so why would I. I think they need to leave book deals to people who have lived through something extraordinary...and no sleeping with a killer does not fall under that catergory.

That being said, I do love true crime books and would be completely interested in reading a book by a criminal, but they would have to be a "true" criminal. (ie Mobster or Serial Killer) . I think it would give a completely different view of the crime.

I don't really know how I feel about them profiting from the book though...I guess isn't not really any different than the art work (I believe John Wayne Gacy sold paintings after he was convicted?)that are sold. I do find the idea of art work like that a little creepy though.
post #12 of 19
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Traci, I know there are books out there by the serial killers themselves. Charles Manson has a book, so does Danny Rolling (Gainsville, FL college co-ed murders), and I just recently saw a fairly new one by Ian Brady (Moors Murderer with Myra Hindley).

Now, I know that in the US convicted criminals cannot profit from their stories, but does anyone know what the law is about that in the UK? Part of the reason I could rationalize getting Manson's and Rolling's books is because I knew they weren't getting the money (at least not directly). But I'm having issues whether or not to get the Ian Brady book...
Uh, oh. More required reading. I'd like to read Danny Rolling's book. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846
post #13 of 19
I know it's a tough call. On one end learning what we can about these creeps is good. But on the other, something about them getting a book published is sick too.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by GrayKittenLove

That being said, I do love true crime books and would be completely interested in reading a book by a criminal, but they would have to be a "true" criminal. (ie Mobster or Serial Killer) . I think it would give a completely different view of the crime.
I can recommend a book written by an investigator about notorious serial killer Ted Bundy's cooperation in the hunt for the Green River Killer: The Riverman, by Robert Keppel. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...653646-5363347
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by jcat
I can recommend a book written by an investigator about notorious serial killer Ted Bundy's cooperation in the hunt for the Green River Killer: The Riverman, by Robert Keppel. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...653646-5363347

Doesnt' Robert Keppel have other books out? I'm pretty sure I've read one of his. I'll have to check into the Green River Killer Book. It's strange, I'm completely horrified by these crimes but at the same time enthralled with learning about them...I blame court TV.
post #16 of 19
Hi Traci,
Being from the area, sorry to butt in, I can tell you that Keppel's is good but Thomas Guillen (my CJ professor in college) wrote the best book. His became the best seller and the rule by which investigative journalism classes were taught at Seattle U where I went to school.
post #17 of 19
I was just checking to see what's available about the Green River Killer now that he's been caught: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/se...653646-5363347

The reason I mentioned Keppel's book was because of the things Bundy told him about serial killers and their methods.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by sashacat421
Hi Traci,
Being from the area, sorry to butt in, I can tell you that Keppel's is good but Thomas Guillen (my CJ professor in college) wrote the best book. His became the best seller and the rule by which investigative journalism classes were taught at Seattle U where I went to school.

I'll check his book out. I'm looking forward to reading something that isn't assigned in class so right now I'm on the look out for interesting books to read.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by jcat

....The reason I mentioned Keppel's book was because of the things Bundy told him about serial killers and their methods.



Of course! Amazing stuff. The only part I found to be rather creepy, as I was a CJ and History Major were the 'tokens' or markings he left inside the victim's genitals after the killings. (sorry, if I can't say genitals on this site, yikes.) Guillen details that pretty well. Did I mentioned that Maple Valley is flanked by two rivers? The Cedar River to the north and the Green River (yes, THAT Green River) to the south, each about 10 minutes apart.
-E.
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