Like most people, I was outraged by the Casey Anthony case that was the highlight of U.S. newscasts in July 2008. After years of trials, testimonies, and presented evidence, the court deemed Casey Anthony not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter on July 5, 2010.
Although the majority of the hype from the trail has died down, it won’t be long before Casey Anthony’s name appears once again in headlines. It has been reported that Casey Anthony’s next step is to hopefully sell her story with a book deal. Although it’s only talk, there’s a good possibility that Casey Anthony could indeed write a book and become one of the richest women in the country.
While they remain anonymous, book publishers have began negotiating for Casey Anthony’s autobiography. Literary agents suggest that if Casey Anthony were to write a book or sell rights to her autobiography, she could make as little as much as $750,000 to one million dollars.
I find it appalling that readers flock to buy books written by public figures that were only made famous by committing terrible acts and being put on public trial. Another example of a book written by someone of the same demeanor, O.J. Simpson, who’s book “If I Did It” sadly reached the number two spot on the New York Times bestseller list when it was first released.
I don’t believe it is right that people of this stature are able to make money off of their trails. Furthermore, I don’t think it should be legal for them to. Why? First and foremost, what lesson are we teaching anyone if we directly support a paycheck of someone that went on trail for murdering her own daughter? Second, if this is the way a woman can go from rags to riches, then who’s to say no one else will follow in her footsteps and do the same thing? Lastly, what has our society come to when this is the kind of leisure reading that entertains us and makes someone a millionaire? By buying their books, we’re essentially signing their paychecks, is that honestly what we as a society feels should be legal?