This is revolting. Tatsuya Ichihashi has written about his 31 months as a fugitive while in prision. According to the book's publisher, Gentosha, the book is "'part of an act of contrition for the crime," and said he plans to hand over any royalties to Hawker's family.'"
Are you kidding me? The book describes how Ichihashi did everything to evade the law from "sewing his nose with needles in a public lavatory" to using scissors to slice up his lips, to cutting off two moles on his face. Then he went and had plastic surgery.
I agree with Caroline Pover:
Now I understand that there is human interest in this “story” and this book. I understand that human nature means that we are often interested in the sinister and the macabre, often for reasons we cannot explain and perhaps in a way we may not be particularly comfortable with. I understand that people are fascinated by how Ichihashi escaped and how he survived for so long on the run. I fully expected there to be a book at some point, and I don’t really blame the general public for wanting to read it.
What I don’t understand is how this book has been allowed to be released now. BEFORE the trial. Only in the past few days have tentative dates for the trial even been set — surely the publishers must have approached Ichihashi’s representatives knowing that they could produce the book before the trial, and Ichihashi’s representatives possibly thought to seize the opportunity to gain public sympathy.
She also gives contact information for Gentosha is you want to tell them what you think about the book.
I wonder if the book will influence the trial as Ichihashi may go before lay judges. If the judges lighten his sentence because they sympathize with his life on the run, then justice will not have been served.