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For the first time in The Zero's history, Mr. Vachss has received too many inquiries on the same subject to answer them personally. Hence, the following public statement:

I have no comment on the absolutely predictable sale of the O.J. Simpson book except to point out to all those professing "shock" that this is not a new tactic. See, for example, when Ted Bundy agreed to "freely speculate" on how the various murders of which he was convicted "might" have been committed (by someone other than him, of course). That filth—The Only Living Witness, for those freakish enough to immediately seek out a copy—was published originally by Simon & Schuster, and is still available for porno-violence fans.

Does this Library Journal review have a familiar ring to any of you? "This volume chronicles [Bundy's] activities throughout several states but is at its best in a long section of transcripts from the interview in which, while he never admits his guilt, Bundy offers vivid details of the crimes and commentary on the mindset of a serial killer." As for the champion of abused wives herself, Judith Regan, can any of you spell "Bernard Kerick?" [Here's a hint: He was Bush's pick for Chief of Homeland Security before certain facts emerged.] Spare me the outraged cries of horror at the publication of this sleaze. Instead, focus on the fact that there is a market for it—expect signed copies on eBay any minute—and what that says about America. You could join PROTECT for what it costs to buy this "book." Think about that. And check yourself.


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