Jerry Sandusky Family
November 11, 2011 by staff
Jerry Sandusky Family, A decade before Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually assaulting young boys, he wrote a book about his life. The book, oddly titled “Touched,” is listed (but not currently available) via Amazon.com, and its sales page is fast becoming a gathering place for those angry at Sandusky for what appears to be a long history of sexual abuse.
“Jerry Sandusky’s book is appropriately titled,” wrote one Amazon customer. “It shows the deeper evil that he lives with everyday. We just found out what type of person he really is: a low life animal! He has brought shame upon his family and Penn State. His book should be removed from Amazon immediately!”
Another wrote: “Amazon should remove this book, period. What he had done is unacceptable! Autobiography of such person should never be published in the first place.”
And yet another comment: “The mere fact that this sick man wrote a story about himself with this title makes me shake with anger. There is absolutely no way that he was unaware of this irony. I am even more sickened by the fact that he writes about his “charitable” work through The Second Mile. Too bad that The Last Mile is only for murderers. This man belongs there. Sexual assault is murder of the soul.”
According to the Amazon summary, the book tells the story of Sandusky’s life. It details his work with “The Second Mile,” a charitable foundation “that has touched the lives of more than 100,000 children.”
Sandusky wrote the book with Penn State journalism student Kip Richeal, who is disabled with hip dysplasia. Richeal writes about meeting Sundusky for the first time when he was a freshman equipment manager for the football team.
An excerpt from the book’s introduction:
My first real contact with Jerry Sandusky came from a rather odd question he posed to me: “How much do you weigh, young man?” I was puzzled, because I knew he wasn’t interested in me as a linebacker, but I told him I weighed about 95 pounds. “Get up on that scale,” he ordered. I did and the locker room scale topped out at 96.
“Not bad,” Jerry said, trying to sound as mean as possible, “but you still have some work to do.” Sensing my confusion, Jerry stared at me and continued. “We gotta get you up to 100 pounds before you’re ready to fight me.”
Fight him? I barely knew him. “When you get to 100 pounds, it’s gonna be you and me in the center of the locker room in a boxing match. Then I’ll show you who the real boss is. It’ll be you and me eyeball-to-belly button.” That last remark was made in reference to my five-foot height, but I smiled and let it go.
While many comments on the Amazon item express outrage, some make sarcastic attempts at humor referencing child rape.
“I completely understand that many want to share their outrage of pedophile Sandusky and the irony of his book title,” writes one user. “However, the jokes are not appropriate here.”
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