That Petit Book

Sometimes it’s best to let things slink away to oblivion without giving them undue attention.

I’m thinking this should have been the case with the recently released book on the Petit murders.  The obligatory stories were written and aired, and then…nothing.  Nobody reported on it again, and nobody talked about it again.

It should have been the end of the story.

But surprisingly it is not, because, as we reported Monday, supporters of Dr. William Petit are calling for a boycott of the book on a Facebook page, with Dr. Petit’s support.   

I say surprisingly, because Dr. Petit and the Petit Family Foundation work with people who are very good at public relations.  People who should know that calling attention to the book is free publicity, and any publicity is good publicity, especially when it’s free.

The author of the book had every right to write it.  And Dr. Petit has every right to call for a boycott of it.  But two weeks after its release, it would have been better to ignore it.

It’s ranked #3,610 on the Amazon sales list.  Let it sink into oblivion.


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7 Responses to That Petit Book

  1. Nice job. Couldn’t agree more.

  2. Kathryn D. says:

    I did buy and read the book. There are really no new revelations here – just testimony to the state of mind of the two psychotic drug fiends who should NOT have been paroled. There are no specific details, only generalizations of the crime scene based on interviews and public records that have already been reported.

  3. Linda says:

    If anyone has a desire to read the book, check it out from your local library. This way you are not financially supporting the author. By owning the book, a Library is not advocating the book, just making it (and all types of books) available to the general public.

  4. Kathryn D. says:

    Linda – that is an excellent point!

  5. Linda says:

    Too bad the Petit Foundation didn’t read your blog entry….they are planning a protest at the local library. Ignoring the book would have been much more effective.

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