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Wednesday
Nov282012

Amanda Knox's 'Waiting to Be Heard' Book Cover Released, But Not Book

Kevin Casey/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It has been more than a year since Amanda Knox was cleared of murder charges in an Italian court, and the Seattle woman has kept largely silent since then, working on a book about her ordeal.

The cover of the book was released Wednesday, along with the title, Waiting to Be Heard, but not the book.

In the photo, a casually dressed and unsmiling Knox stares straight into the camera.

Knox's publisher, HarperCollins, said the memoir would be released April 30, 2013, two months later than originally scheduled.

Italian prosecutors, who are appealing Knox's release from prison and want her murder conviction reinstated, are due to appear in court March 25.

Knox, now 25, was convicted in December 2009 for the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in the Italian city of Perugia. Knox's Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, was also convicted.

The pair were freed from prison four years later, when an Italian appeals court threw out the guilty verdict and criticized the prosecution's case.

Knox's book, for which she reportedly received an advance of $4 million, will be the latest volume about the case.

Earlier this year, Sollecito published a book titled Honor Bound, My Journey to Hell and Back With Amanda Knox, about the conviction, appeal and his time in prison. The two reunited briefly in Knox's hometown of Seattle during Sollecito's book tour. He said they have kept in touch since their prison release through email and Skype.

In addition to Knox's and Sollecito's books, journalists have written several other books about the Knox case, and a Lifetime movie, Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy, aired last year.

A third person, Rudy Guede, was convicted in a separate trial and is serving a 16-year prison sentence.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep042012

Pentagon: SEAL's Bin Laden Book Reveals Classified Intel

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Top Pentagon officials said Tuesday that a controversial firsthand account of the nighttime raid that killed Osama bin Laden written by a former U.S. Navy SEAL reveals classified information and could endanger other special operations servicemen.

The book, No Easy Day, was written by an ex-SEAL Team Six member under the pseudonym Mark Owen and is the first to detail the last violent moments of the al Qaeda leader's life. It went on sale Tuesday.

While the Pentagon's assessment of Owen's book continues, Department of Defense Press Secretary George Little told reporters the department "believe[s] that sensitive and classified information is contained in the book" and called its publication without review the "height of irresponsibility."

Little declined to provide specifics about what classified information is revealed, but said the book raised "serious concerns" and represented a "material breach of nondisclosure agreements that were signed by the author of this book."

"This is a solemn obligation," said Little. "And the author in this case elected not to abide by his legal obligations. And that's disheartening and, frankly, is something that we're taking a very close look at."

The Pentagon sent Owen a letter Thursday saying the government was considering legal action against him, and Little said Tuesday those options are still being reviewed.

Owen's attorney said in his own letter to the Pentagon Friday that agreements signed by Owen in 2007 did not require him to present any materials for pre-publication review and said the book did not reveal any sensitive information. The book's publisher, Dutton, has also said that it had been vetted by a former special operations attorney before publication, even if it was not vetted by officials at the Department of Defense, the White House or the CIA.

Meanwhile, in an internal message to his command entitled "The Cost of Disclosure," Rear Admiral Sean Pybus, who heads Naval Special Warfare Command (NSW), criticized SEALs whom he said had violated the command's ethos.

"We do NOT advertise the nature of our work, NOR do we seek recognition for our actions," Pybus wrote to his command in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by ABC News.

"I am disappointed, embarrassed and concerned," writes Prybus. "Today, we find former SEALs headlining positions in a Presidential campaign; hawking details about a mission against Enemy Number 1; and generally selling other aspects of NSW training and operations."

Aside from hurting NSW's reputation and security, Pybus said "the security of our Force and Families is also put at risk by the release of sensitive information" and said enemies can gather information and NSW details that "expose us to unnecessary danger."

No Easy Day, written with journalist co-author Kevin Maurer, takes readers inside bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on the night of the May 2011 raid. At times, Owen's account differs from the "official" version given by the White House, especially when it comes to the moment of bin Laden's death.

White House spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters days after the operation that though bin Laden was unarmed, he had "resisted" before he was shot. By Owen's account, another SEAL shot the terror leader as his head was poking out a doorway, apparently before he could have made any moves to resist.

Little said blocking the book's release Tuesday was not really an option available to the Pentagon given how copies had already gotten out into the public domain. He also said no effort will be made to block its sale at military installations.

"It is not our typical practice to get into the business of deciding what and what does not go on bookshelves in military exchanges. But that doesn't mean in any way, shape or form that we don't have serious concerns about the fact that this process of pre-publication review was not followed," he said.

Maurer said that after spending months with Owen writing the book, he was convinced Owen did not write the book out of vanity, but to "share a story about the incredible men and women defending America all over the world."

Dutton, the book's publisher, said in the book's announcement that a majority of the proceeds will go to the families of fallen SEALs.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep042012

Co-Author: 'Bad Blood' Didn't Cause Ex-SEAL to Pen Bin Laden Book

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A group of former special operations servicemen claims that the ex-Navy SEAL who penned his firsthand account of the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden did so in part because he thought the Navy had mistreated him shortly before his departure from the teams -- an allegation the book's co-author denies.

The first-person account of the raid, called No Easy Day and written under the pseudonym Mark Owen, arrives on bookshelves on Tuesday -- a full week before its original intended release on the anniversary of Sept. 11.  The book's publisher, Dutton, claimed that the date was moved up both due to high demand in light of several high-profile news stories about the book and to quell controversy over whether the book revealed any classified information.  From the White House to the Pentagon and the CIA, no government officials had been given a chance to read the book for possible security breaches before its publication.

Owen was a decorated and long-serving SEAL who left the Navy in April, according to military records provided by the service.  A spokesperson for Dutton previously told ABC News that Owen left simply "because it was time."

But a new e-book written by former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb with co-authors who had been members of the special operations community in other branches claims that Owen left the Navy on bad terms after he felt he was mistreated by the service.  Webb, founder of the special operations website SOFREP.com, told ABC News that he and his co-authors spoke to several active members of the special operations community for the e-book.

"Sources... say that [Owen] was treated very poorly upon his departure..." says the e-book, called No Easy Op and released Monday on Amazon.com.  The e-book claims Owen was asked to leave his SEAL Team Six group after he "openly shared with his teammates that he was considering getting out of the Navy to pursue other interests."

"How was he repaid for his honesty and fourteen years of service?  He was ostracized from his unit with no notice and handed a plane ticket back to Virginia from a training operation," the e-book says.  After his departure, the book says there was some "bad blood' between Owen and his former team that may have helped him decide to pen the book.

Dutton declined to comment on the claims, except to point to remarks made by the book's co-author, journalist Kevin Maurer, to the New York Times.

"After spending several very intense months working with Mark Owen on this book, I know that he wrote this book solely to share a story about the incredible men and women defending America all over the world," Maurer said.  "Any suggestion otherwise is as ill-informed as it is inaccurate."

The Navy directed questions concerning the "bad blood" allegations to the Department of Defense.  There, a spokesperson said the way in which Owen left the service is "irrelevant" to them.

"The Department is not interested in characterizing his departure," Lt. Col. Todd Brasseale said.  "We remain greatly appreciative of [Owen's] efforts while he was a SEAL, but he has been and remains in breach of his non-disclosure agreement... His demeanor when he left the service is irrelevant."

Over the weekend, Pentagon officials sent a letter to Owen in which they warned they were considering legal action against him for unauthorized disclosures in the book.  An attorney for Owen, Robert Luskin, responded to the letter, saying his client had not violated any non-disclosure agreement.

Owen's book No Easy Day provides a detailed first-person account of the bin Laden raid and at times contradicts the "official" version.

Owen said he was just behind the team's "point man" who unknowingly was the first to shoot the terror leader.

"We were less than five steps from getting to the top when I heard suppressed shots.  BOP.  BOP," Owen writes.  "I couldn't tell from my position if the rounds hit the target or not.  The man disappeared into the room."

It wasn't until several SEAL Team Six members entered the room that Owen learned some of the first shots hit their mark and that bin Laden was the man bleeding and twitching on the ground with an apparent shot to the head.  Still, Owen and another SEAL pointed their laser sights at his chest and "fired several rounds."

"The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless," Owen writes.

Unlike the White House characterization that bin Laden had "resisted" before he was killed, Owen's account describes a scene in which the terror leader never appeared to have the chance.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug302012

Pentagon Threatens Ex-SEAL over Osama bin Laden Raid Book

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon has determined the former Navy SEAL who has authored a book about his role in the Osama bin Laden raid is in "material breach" of non-disclosure agreements and warned him it is considering legal action against him as a result.

It added that it is considering legal action against all those "acting in concert" with the SEAL on his book, No Easy Day, which is scheduled to be released Tuesday.

A letter by Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson informed the former SEAL that he had violated non-disclosure agreements against releasing classified information.

"In the judgment of the Department of Defense, you are in material breach and violation of the non-disclosure agreements you signed," wrote Johnson. "Further public dissemination of your book will aggravate your breach and violation of your agreements."

Johnson said the department is considering pursuing "all remedies legally available to us."

The letter was addressed to the author's pseudonym, "Mark Owen," because the Pentagon will not publicly reveal the SEAL's real name.

The letter noted that, in January 2007, "Owen" signed two non-disclosure agreements with the Navy, and though he is no longer in the military, "you have a continuing obligation to 'never divulge' classified information."

Furthermore, the letter added, "this commitment remains in force even after you left the active duty Navy."

Johnson noted that in signing the agreements the SEAL "acknowledged your awareness that disclosure of classified information constitutes a violation of federal criminal law. It also meant he would submit any manuscript to the Pentagon for a security review, as well as obtain permission."

Interest in the unreleased book has led to a surge in pre-orders and the book's publisher, Dutton, has boosted the number of books to be published.

Though the former SEAL said he will donate a majority of the book's profits to charities that help the families of fallen SEALs, the letter suggested that all of the book's royalties belong to the U.S. government.

In signing his non-disclosure agreements, the former SEAL acknowledged he "assigned to the U.S. government ... 'all royalties, remunerations, and emoluments that have resulted, will result or may result from a disclosure, publication or revelation of classified information not consistent with the terms of this agreement,'" the letter added.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Aug282012

Navy SEAL’s Bin Laden Book Now Coming Next Week

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The book that details a former Navy SEAL’s first-person account of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden will be released ahead of schedule, the book’s publisher said Tuesday, following widespread controversy over possible national security breaches.

The book, titled No Easy Day, was set to appear on bookshelves next month on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, but will now make its public debut a week early on Sept. 4 so the book can go ahead and “speak for itself,” according to a statement from publisher Dutton, a division of the Penguin Group.

After news of the book’s existence was reported by The New York Times last week, Dutton and the book’s author, who goes by the pseudonym Mark Owen, found themselves at the center of a raging controversy over whether the book leaked information about the top-secret mission. Officials from the White House to the Department of Defense to the CIA said they were unaware of the book and had not reviewed it for possible leaks at the time of the first media reports.

A Department of Defense spokesperson said Monday the department had received a copy of the manuscript and had begun reviewing it for potential security issues.

On Tuesday the former SEAL Team Six member who wrote the book said through Dutton that he’s “proud” to have written his account for the public.

“My hope is that it gives my fellow Americans a glimpse into how much of an honor it is to serve our country,” Owen said. “It is written with respect for my fellow service members while adhering to my strict desire not to disclose confidential or sensitive information that would compromise national security in any way.”

A Dutton spokesperson said last week that the book had been vetted by a former special operations attorney for “tactical, technical, and procedural information as well as information that could be considered classified by compilation and [the attorney] found it to be without risk to national security.”

The book’s publication comes as the special operations community, especially the SEALs, have risen to the forefront of a discussion over the controversial leaking of classified information. Following the May 2011 raid that killed bin Laden, the Obama administration came under harsh criticism from Republican lawmakers for allegedly leaking too much about the mission for political gain.

Most recently, a small group of former special operations and intelligence officials -- many with Republican ties -- published an online video called “Dishonorable Disclosures” in which they say the president was trying to take credit for bin Laden’s death from the SEALs on the ground. That video was later reportedly criticized by others in the military as “unprofessional” and “shameful.”

Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL and writer, told ABC News last week that Owen may be compromising one of America’s most elite and secretive commando groups, even if he used a pseudonym and changed the names of the other team members.

“Operational security is at play here regardless of whether or not any classified information has been disclosed in this memoir,” he said, noting that even innocuous details could be enough to put other team members at risk. “This is not a good day for SEAL Team Six. An individual has compromised their ethos and mantra that the deed is more important than the glory.”

Webb said his own memoir, The Red Circle, was also not vetted by the Department of Defense but said it did not disclose any classified information, and that any potentially sensitive details about events described in the book, which occurred approximately 10 years ago, were changed.

Another former SEAL, who is still active in the intelligence community, said everyone needs to wait and see what’s actually in the new book before passing judgment.

“It seems pretty quick, but at the same time, I don’ t know what he says in the book,” said the ex-SEAL, who requested not to be named for his own security. “This guy dedicated a majority of his life to the service of his country and he was on a historic mission. It’s his story to tell… It really comes down to what type of information he’s disclosing.”

Dutton said Owen plans to donate a majority of the proceeds from his book to charities that help the families of fallen Navy SEALs.

A White House-sanctioned Hollywood movie about the bin Laden raid is scheduled to be released in December.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Aug212012

Paterno 'Despised' Sandusky Long Before Sex Scandal, New Book Claims

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Long before Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse crimes led to Joe Paterno's downfall, the two Penn State coaches "despised each other," according to a new biography of Paterno.

Former Sports Illustrated writer Joe Posnanski describes in his new biography, Paterno, how tension built between the two men as Paterno grew frustrated with Sandusky, whom he thought paid more attention to his charity, The Second Mile, and children than to the Nittany Lions football team.

"These feelings had built into a crescendo over the years, as they sometimes do with longtime colleagues," Posnanski writes, describing how the men never got along.

Sandusky hated meetings, overlooked details and was uninterested in recruiting.  He and his wife did not drink much alcohol, while the Paternos drank socially.

"The tension between Paterno and Sandusky gurgled just below the surface," Posnanski writes.

When Sandusky retired after the 1999 season, Sports Illustrated asked Sandusky if he would miss Paterno.

"Well, not exactly," Sandusky responded.

Despite the tension, the book maintains that Paterno never knew that Sandusky sexually abused children, and only had a vague idea that Sandusky had acted inappropriately with a boy in the Penn State showers in 2001, based on a description by graduate assistant Mike McQueary.

"Many of the people who had come to admire Joe Paterno believed that, no matter his own legal role, he should have made sure the incident was reported to the police.  'But, to be honest, that's just not how Joe was in the last years,' said one of the people in his inner circle.  'He was not vigilant like he used to be.  I think a younger Joe would've said to Tim after a few days, "Hey what's going on with that Sandusky thing?  You guys get to the bottom of that?  Let's make sure that's taken care of."  But he didn't understand it.  And he just wasn't as involved as he used to be,'" the book reads.

Posnanski notes that after Paterno's family convinced him to read the grand jury presentment outlining the charges against Sandusky and two other Penn State officials, the 85-year-old coach asked his son, Scott Paterno, "What is sodomy, anyway?"

Sandusky has been convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse, and is awaiting sentencing in a Pennsylvania jail.

Paterno, who died in January, said that he wished he had done more to investigate the incident involving Sandusky and the boy in the shower.  He maintained that he never knew about a 1998 investigation into Sandusky, though a report released in July by former FBI chief Louis Freeh found that he had known about it.

The new, 400-plus page tome, out Tuesday, covers Paterno's life before the scandal, though its main focus shifts to the fallout from Sandusky in the latter half of the book.  Posnanski began working with Paterno on the book before the allegations against Sandusky became public.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jul192012

"Death at SeaWorld": Book Slams Popular Theme Park

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- More than two years after the horrific death of a SeaWorld killer whale trainer, former trainers from the popular Orlando, Fla., theme park have taken the park to task for its safety record and its treatment of killer whales, also known as orcas, in the new book, Death at Sea World.

In February 2010, a 12,000-pound killer whale named Tilikum dragged veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau under water to her death.  Tilikum was also linked to two other deaths -- that of another trainer in 1991 and of a man who snuck into Tilikum's tank in 1999.

"SeaWorld can make the environment safe, according to them, 98 percent of the time.  But what happens when the world's top predator decides to go off behavior?" former trainer Jeffrey Ventre asked in an interview with ABC's 20/20.

In a statement emailed to ABC News, SeaWorld called its killer whale program "a model for marine zoological facilities around the world" and said that in the last two years, additions "in the areas of personal safety, facility design and communication have enhanced this program further still."

Ventre was one of four former SeaWorld trainers interviewed by Death at Sea World author David Kirby.  Ventre was fired from SeaWorld in 1995 because, he claimed, he had voiced his concerns about the treatment of whales there.  (In his book, Kirby reports that Ventre was fired a week after kissing a whale's tongue, in violation of park rules.  Ventre said in the book that many had violated the so-called "tongue-tacticle" rule but were not disciplined and called his firing "total bull****.")

SeaWorld declined to comment on Ventre's history with the park but issued the following statement on Kirby's book: "While we have not yet been given the opportunity to read Mr. Kirby's book, we are familiar with his articles and blog posts on SeaWorld and the issues of marine mammal display."

Kirby, the park said, "has been very candid about his personal opposition to SeaWorld's killer whale program and we anticipate that his book will expand on those themes.  We disagree with Kirby's positions on marine mammal display and hope that he, unlike others who engage in the debate over these issues, confines his arguments to matters of fact."

In his book, Kirby wrote that there are no records of orcas in the wild attacking humans but, in captivity, aggression against trainers is not uncommon.

Kirby also noted that it may not just be the trainers who suffer. Killer whales in captivity have a mortality rate of 2.5 times higher than those living in the Pacific Northwest, Kirby wrote, citing a paper by marine mammal scientist Naomi Rose of the Humane Society.

Trainers interviewed by Kirby spoke of whales breaking their teeth on metal gates and having broken teeth removed with power drills; mother whales going into mourning after being separated from their offspring; and trainers being instructed to "masturbate" Tilikum -- the whale later blamed for Brancheau's death -- to collect semen for an artificial insemination program.

Former trainer John Jett said in the book that trainers were routinely kept in the dark about safety problems related to killer whale work.

"A lack of detailed information was the norm whenever accidents happened at other parks," he said.  "I remember one incident when all of us were pulled from water work for a short time.  To this day, I don't know what happened."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jun262012

Pat Tillman's Widow Writes Book About Moving on After Tragedy

Marie Tillman(NEW YORK) -- In 2004, Marie Tillman became one of the most famous widows in America. Her husband, Pat Tillman, was killed in Afghanistan, after giving up a lucrative career in the NFL to join the military. His death prompted a years-long ordeal for Marie, who was thrust into the national spotlight during one of the most difficult times in her life.

Her new book, The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss, & Life, chronicles the young couple's love story, and describes how Marie was able to begin living again after Pat's death.

In the first pages of the book, Marie recalls getting the visit every military family dreads: She was informed her husband was killed in Afghanistan -- nearly two years after he first enlisted with his brother.

At home that night, Marie found a letter from Pat that she refers to as a "just in case letter," to be opened only in the event of his death.

"We had written letters to each other throughout our relationship, starting when we went to different colleges," Marie told ABC News. "This one was the hardest to read, and was the one that helped me keep going after he died."

In the "just in case" letter, Pat made one last request of his wife in the event he didn't return from combat: "Through the years I've asked a great deal of you, therefore it should surprise you little that I have another favor to ask," the letter read. "I ask that you live."

The request seemed like an impossible one at the time, she recalls in the book.

"How could he ask this? I wondered," Marie wrote. "I don't want to live. I want to die, I can't do it without you, you know that, you're the strong one, not me! I silently pleaded with him just to come back."

It took years, but she says she recognizes it now as the push she would need from her husband during her time of suffering.

"He knew what he was doing when he wrote those words," Marie wrote. "He knew that my instinct would be to give up, that sometimes I needed a gentle or not so gentle push."

In the years following Pat's death, Marie saw her husband become a sort of American icon -- a football player who left his professional career after 9/11 to serve in the army. It gradually became clear that his death wasn't exactly what the military initially said it was. He was apparently a victim of friendly fire. There was a highly-publicized Congressional investigation into the incident, drawing Marie back into the public eye three years after her husband's death. The hearings eventually revealed a military cover-up, with nobody taking responsibility.

During this time, Marie said she turned to books, from self-help to the classics, to help her cope.

"Books helped me deal with things," she told ABC News. "I sought out books about people who struggled and found themselves on the other side. Books that showed it is possible to survive."

Marie also met people through the foundation she created in her husband's memory, people who were going through similar experiences and connected with her story. She began to think she might have something that could help.

The letters she shared with her husband during their decade-long romance, and her experiences following his death became the basis of her memoir.

"I hope that when people read this book, if they are going through a hard time, they will see that it is possible to find happiness and peace," she said. "I hope it shows that you can move forward in life in a time when things are so dark and so bleak that you feel like you can't go on. I hope it gives people hope."

She has also created a website, justincaseletter.com, that showcases "just in case letters" through history, and allows people to write their own just in case letters to store in a digital vault.

Marie is remarried now and works full time with her foundation, providing support and education for veterans and their spouses.

"I was able piece my life back together and keep living like Pat asked," she told ABC News. "I hope that shows that it is possible."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May152012

Alleged Zodiac Killer Unmasked in New Book

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- It’s been more than three decades since the puzzling case of the Zodiac Killer unfolded, and now a former California Highway Patrol officer is unmasking in his new book who he believes the killer is.

In The Zodiac Killer Cover-up, AKA The Silenced Badge, Lyndon Lafferty, 79, lays out 40 years of evidence to build an accusation that a 91-year-old recovering alcoholic and Fairfield, Calif., resident was the Zodiac Killer.

“This was a story that I inherited. I did not ask for it,” Lafferty told ABC News. “I am the only person who can testify under oath that these things were absolutely true. My satisfaction is telling my story as it happened.”

During the time of the murders, Lafferty claims he encountered the Zodiac Killer himself while on parole as a CHP officer in 1970. Since then, Lafferty has investigated the case along with six other law enforcement officers. In 2002, he began to compile his notes from the past 30 years and began writing his own story of the case.

“This has been our experience of over 30 years of very dedicated and consistent investigation,” Lafferty said. “I have one chapter devoted to 156 circumstantial factors of evidence that related to the Zodiac case and our suspect.”

The Zodiac killings, which occurred in the late 1960s in and around San Francisco, got their name from the suspect’s use of zodiac symbols as his signature on letters with cryptic messages to local newspapers. While the killer claimed he took the lives of 37 people, authorities were only able to link the suspect to five murders.

Lafferty said the Zodiac killer’s rage was driven by jealousy after he found his wife having an affair. As for why he’s coming out with his story 40 years later, he said the case was ignored by several police agencies and repressed by a judge who Lafferty claims was having an affair with the suspect’s wife.

“The police departments in general were acting under the authority of the Solona County Sheriff, so they were instructed you do not investigate this man until you have permission from the judge,” Lafferty claims. “It’s been very traumatic, and it’s been frustrating beyond belief.”

Lafferty’s book isn’t the first written on the Zodiac killings, and there was also a movie inspired by the unsolved mystery.

No one has ever been arrested in the case.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Mar162012

Amanda Knox's Ex-Boyfriend Signs Book Deal

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Raffaele Sollecito, the former Italian boyfriend of Amanda Knox, who was found guilty with the Seattle woman in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher only to see their convictions overturned last year, has signed a deal to write a book about his experiences.

It was just last month that Knox got a $4 million book deal from Harper Collins to describe her ordeal in an Italian jail.  That memoir isn't expected to be published until mid-2013.

Sollecito already has a title for his book, Presumed Guilty: My Journey to Hell and Back With Amanda Knox, that will arrive in stores this fall.

Publisher Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced that the book "will finally tell his side of the story -- from his first meeting with Amanda Knox, to his arrest, prison time, subsequent release, and current relationship with the woman he stood by through the worst ordeal of both their lives."

It wasn't immediately known how much Sollecito will be paid for his literary efforts.

This latest development could make things interesting during a possible reunion of the former couple when Sollecito goes on a job interview Friday in Seattle with computer giant Microsoft.

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