Books & Review | Cole Garner Hill
Updated: Aug 16, 2012 01:33 PM EDT
Jerry Sandusky, the man at the center of one of the most notorious scandals of the past decade, announced he will write a book while serving his time in prison in an attempt to tell his side of the story.
Found guilty of 45 out of 48 counts of sexual abuse against 10 boys back in June, Sandusky has been in jail since then awaiting his sentencing, which will occur next month. To occupy his time, he’s been writing his account of the events surrounding his scandal, with the help of his wife Dottie. In fact, Dottie has been sending him so much correspondence that she’s had her privileges revoked by prison officials.
While Sandusky might’ve remained silent throughout the trial, his attorney, Joe Amendola, says he had been looking forward taking the stand to address the accusations against him. However, he never got the chance, because his adopted son Matt came forward with his own allegations of abuse at the last minute. Amendola expects Sandusky to speak at his sentencing, however.
“He wants everyone to know that. He had looked forward to testifying at his trial, and because of unforeseen circumstances [allegations of abuse by his adopted son, Matt Sandusky], that didn’t happen,” Amendola said. “Jerry views his sentencing as an opportunity for him to tell his side of this.
Of course, if the book gets written and published, there’s likely to be some invocation of the infamous Son of Sam law against his profiting from it. The law enables a state to use the proceeds a criminal earns from recounting his or her crime in a book, movie, television show, or other depiction. The laws are named after David Berkowitz; a New York serial killer who left a note signed “Son of Sam” at the scene of one of his crimes.
If Sandusky is allowed to write this book, it will be his second; his first was published in 2001 and bears the now-significant title “Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story”.