Terri Schiavo’s Husband Will Co-Write Book About Killing Her

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 19, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Husband Will Co-Write Book About Killing Her

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 19, 2005

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo’s estranged husband, the man who won court approval to euthanize his wife, has finalized plans to co-write a book about his side of the national controversy. Author Michael Hirsh, a Vietnam veteran and a former Los Angeles television producer who has written three books about the military, will assist Michael in the writing process.

Terri suffered a collapse in 1990 and became permanently incapacitated as a result. An autopsy on her body after she was killed did not rule out the possibility of foul play and Terri’s family has long suspected that Michael physically abused her.

Michael’s request to make Terri the victim of euthanasia received court approval and Terri’s parents eventually lost a years-long battle to prevent her death.

Michael and Hirsh plan on a 280-page book tentatively titled, "Terri: the Truth" and it is expected to be on bookstore shelves before March 31, 2006 the first anniversary of Terri’s death. That’s according to Dutton Publishing publicity manager Jean Anne Rose, which confirmed to the Associated Press that it is publishing the book.

Hirsh told the Herald Tribune newspaper that the book will be written by him, from Michael’s point of view. The book will be based on interviews with Michael and Hirsh’s research.

"I felt any book he wrote really had to throw grenades," Hirsh said.

Hirsh told the newspaper he was motivated to get involved by what he felt was unjustified treatment of Michael by Terri’s family and elected officials who sided with them.

"There are people who did or said unconscionable things about him, and they started with the president of the United States and worked their way down," he said.

Michael’s brother Brian told the Herald Tribune the book will be Michael’s "opportunity to talk and explain the real truth of what happened."

"He’ll be able to explain what really went on behind the scenes and how he was drug through the mud," he said. "He’ll have his opportunity to say, as he would, what really happened and how he was treated unfairly by most people involved."

Related web sites:
Terri’s parents – https://www.terrisfight.org