Self-published ebook leads to arrest

The bloke who penned a book on paedophilia and then self-published it on Amazon has been arrested and will be dragged to Florida for trial.

Apparently the whole US prosecution system has swung into action to arrest Phillip Ray Greaves in Colorado and take him to Florida to face obscenity charges.

Florida’s Sheriff Grady Judd claims that it has a right to try Greaves because the author sold and mailed his book directly to undercover officers. Sheriff Judd said Mr Greaves even signed the book.

Sheriff Judd told Associated Press that the book was a manifesto on how to sexually batter children.

Greaves , who has no criminal record, writes in “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct” claims in the book that paedophiles are misunderstood, as the word literally means to love a child. He adds that it is only a crime to act on sexual impulses toward children, and offers advice that purportedly allows paedophiles to abide by the law.

The book created a brief storm in the US when it showed up on Amazon in November. The book was later removed from the site.

Sheriff Judd said he was incensed when he heard about the book and was furious that no one had arrested Greaves for selling it.

“What’s wrong with a society that has gotten to the point that we can’t arrest child pornographers and child molesters who write a book about how to rape a child?” said Judd.

If Greaves’ is charged then it will open a can of worms which will kill off any chance of “free speech” existing in the US.

Legal experts are worried that if Greaves is done for shipping his book, they ask, booksellers would face prosecution for selling Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, which is another novel about a paedophile.

In the days before eBooks, it was nearly impossible to get such a book out to the great unwashed. Publishers would not have invested the huge amounts of cash on a book that would not have made them money. But with eBooks people can effectively publish what they like and free speech actually means something.

If Greaves loses it means that anyone who feels offended by a book can have the author arrested.

In the US were there are fundamentalists as looney as any you would find in Saudi Arabia that would mean that the following authors, if they were still alive, would have been arrested.

A list of books which have been banned in  the US thanks to includes:

    • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
    • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
    • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    • Blubber by Judy Blume
    • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
    • Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
    • Carrie by Stephen King
    • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    • Christine by Stephen King
    • Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    • Cujo by Stephen King
    • Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
    • Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
    • Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
    • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    • Decameron by Boccaccio
    • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
    • Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
    • Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
    • Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    • Forever by Judy Blume
    • Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
    • Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
    • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
    • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
    • Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
    • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
    • Have to Go by Robert Munsch
    • Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
    • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
    • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    • Impressions edited by Jack Booth
    • In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
    • It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein
    • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    • Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
    • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
    • Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    • Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
    • Lysistrata by Aristophanes
    • More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
    • My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
    • My House by Nikki Giovanni
    • My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
    • Night Chills by Dean Koontz
    • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    • On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
    • One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    • Ordinary People by Judith Guest
    • Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective
    • Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
    • Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
    • Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
    • Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
    • Separate Peace by John Knowles
    • Silas Marner by George Eliot
    • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
    • Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    • The Bastard by John Jakes
    • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
    • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    • The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
    • The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
    • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    • The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    • The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder
    • The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
    • The Living Bible by William C. Bower
    • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
    • The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
    • The Pigman by Paul Zindel
    • The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
    • The Shining by Stephen King
    • The Witches by Roald Dahl

    The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
    Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
    Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
    Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth.