SEATTLE , WA – Amazon has come under fire again for its decision to carry yet another controversial book.
In recent news, the internet retail powerhouse was scrutinized for its decision to carry, The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct, by Philip R. Greaves II. Now they are pushing the limits even farther with a new children’s book that has been penned by none other than one of the 20th century’s most notorious criminals, Charles Manson. Manson, now 76, has been incarcerated for the past 41 years for convincing his followers to commit murder in the famous Hinman, Tate, and LaBianca killings of the late 1960s.
The book titled, The Trials of Timmy Travis, is about a young 11 year old boy who is misunderstood by his peers and how he feels ostracized from the neighborhood kids. The story explores how Timmy copes with his loneliness and his many failed attempts to fit in. It chronicles Timmy’s life as he becomes the guru of a renegade group that develops its own ranch style community on the outskirts of his home town. Ultimately, the community flourishes and prospers bringing new hope into a downtrodden world.
Parents groups around the nation are outraged over the news and are calling for the immediate ban on the sale of the book, not only on Amazon but everywhere.
“How does a book like this even become published?” asked Susan Powell, founder of Stability, Togetherness and Family Unity (STFU), “Who in their right mind could have thought that a book like this, by such an awful man, was a good idea?”
In December of last year, Manson was found to have been making phone calls and sending text messages from prison. It has now been revealed that the communications were with Children’s Freedom Press (CFP), the British Columbia based independent publishing company that produced the controversial book. Evidently, Manson wrote the entire book through thousands of text messages sent to the publisher.
“We feel that this story will help children throughout the world to better understand how to deal with feelings of ostracization and ‘outsiderness’. We truly feel that the notoriety of the author will only aid in getting the message out faster,” explained CFP in a statement to the press, “We’re hoping that the book can help to create a dialogue between children and parents about the issues involving being different, fitting in and the bad feelings that can result from being shunned by peers.”
By now I’m sure that this book has already been pulled from the retailer’s website due to the controversy. But I cannot image that you won’t find it on the days to come throughout the listings of eBay and other internet auction sites.