Sunday, July 12, 2009

Convicted Murderer plans book to tell "the truth"

I'm not sure why it is those accused of crimes (and/or found guilty of them) think we, the book buying public are going to want to hear their version of the "truth."

First we had former police assistant commissioner Clint Rickards, the man accused of group sex/rape shopping for a publisher and we are soon to have another tome from David Bain campaigner Joe Karam.

But the latest would-be author is Nai Yin Xue.

In 2007 Xue murdered his young wife, An An Liu, in Auckland and dumped her naked body in the boot of his car outside her home. He then fled New Zealand with his three year old daughter Qian Xun Xue, nicknamed Pumpkin. He dumped the toddler at a Melbourne train station and hid out for months in the USA before being apprehended.

Xue plans to publish a book "so people can know the truth" he was quoted as telling the New Zealand Chinese Herald.

"The day will come when people will know that I am innocent."

The self-proclaimed kung fu master says he is not a good writer, but was determined to write a book "so people can know the truth".

A former Chinese newspaper publisher in Auckland, Xue has produced two books: Inner Strength Kung fu shocks US in 2002, and The Pearl of Wu-style Taiji in 1998 - where he described himself as a "gift from the gods", a product of a miracle birth and a man destined to be the great grandmaster of Chinese martial arts.

Xue remains in denial about the murder of his wife. He is due for sentencing on July 31 and faces life imprisionment.

I personally have absolutely no intention of buying any of these books and cannot imagine they have anything I want to hear them say. I have faith in our justice system and the jurors that are selected to judge their peers. Okay, I'll qualify that by saying, I have faith most of the time: the revelations from the Bain jury trial do leave me concerned but I highly doubt Joe Karam s new book is going to say anything against them either!

I think, when the weight of evidence is overwhelming as it is in particularly the Xue case, these men should do the honourable thing and leave the victims to rest in peace and the remaining families members to grieve in private. After all, not only have the families suffered the loss of their loved one but also a trial (or two) with often the most distressing and private details dredged up.

Are these the kind of books you would be interested in reading? Do you have any intention of grabbing copies when they hit the book shelves?

And God help us all if Clayton Weatherston decides to write a book when his trial is over (Rest in peace Sophie).

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