One New York publisher said Monday that Anthony’s story has the potential to be worth seven figures.
“If she had the goods, and she was really going to spill the beans of what happened, particularly if she’s not guilty, that’s pretty big,” said Eric Kampmann, the owner of Beaufort Books. “If she knew who the murderer was for example, that would be huge. That would be the biggest news story of the year.”
Kampmann, who said he has been in contact with a member of Anthony’s legal team but has no deal in place, is no stranger to controversial books. His publishing house reissued OJ Simpson’s book, originally scheduled for release by ReganBooks, an imprint of HarperCollins. But “If I Did It” was dropped in response to widespread outrage. ReganBooks founder Judith Regan was later fired and her imprint disbanded.
A federal bankruptcy judge then awarded rights to the book to the family of murder victim Ronald Goldman to help satisfy a $38 million wrongful death judgment against Simpson.
Beaufort Books, based in New York, published “If I Did It” with Simpson’s original manuscript intact and commentary included. The Goldman family called the book Simpson’s confession — the same description Regan offered in justifying the original publication. The Beaufort edition has sold more than 100,000 copies.
Kampmann said enough time has passed since Anthony’s trial that her story could be marketable.
Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida in late January, claiming about $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Court papers list Anthony as unemployed, with no recent income.
Her listed debts include $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for Jose Baez, her criminal defense lawyer during the trial; $145,660 for the Orange County Sheriff’s office for investigative fees and costs; $68,540 for the Internal Revenue Service for taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for court costs.
The filling also states that she is a defendant in several lawsuits.