Jerry Sandusky's autobiography wasn't exactly considered a masterpiece when published in 2001 for $16.95. So what can explain the $1,111 price tag for a used copy of the football coach's book on Amazon.com? Well, the title for one: Touched. And for another, as of last Friday, he's a convicted toucher. Additionally, boasts the seller of the $1,111 copy, this one's autographed by the toucher himself. And it's been "read only once."
Cashing in on others' misfortune is the American way, of course, as one of Amazon's customer commenters slyly points out in a suggested book blub:
"Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story" will fit nicely in your bookshelf along [with] such classics as "Knifed: The O.J. Simpson Story," "Fondler: Confessions of a Pedophile," and "Avoiding Blue Dresses: Sexual Harassment for the Aspiring Politician."
The book, and its soaring price, has generated more than 170 customer reviews, some asking Amazon to pull the autobiography from its electronic bookshelves now that Sandusky, the former Penn State football assistant, has been convicted of 45 of 48 charges involving sexual abuse of minors.
One customers wonders "What sick, opportunistic morons would sell at a premium the autobiography of a convicted felon?" while another offers a sarcastic critique: "It's an okay read if you're into learning about the 3-4 defense and how to beat the Miami Hurricanes and stuff like that, but it lacks the most important detail of all: the child rapes."
Sandusky, who wrote the bio (with a co-author) during the time he'd already began his molestations, obviously left out that portion of his life. Paradoxically, along with Sandusky's new infamy, it's that untold story that has helped created a freak market for the book - a chance to read between the lines for hints of the real Sandusky. Amazon's original "About the Author" note, still on the page, can also now be read with new meaning:
Sandusky is the founder of The Second Mile, a charitable foundations that has touched the lives of more than 100,000 children.
Some customer reviewers, however, are willing to let bygones be bygone molesters. As one says:
"His others deeds notwithstanding (and for the record, i don't approve of most of it), it must be repeated that the man absolutely revolutionized the game of football. The book really illustrates his genius in defensive schemes on the grid-iron. A must have, for any lover of the game."