Friday, November 11, 2011

"Touched" - In Jerry Sandusky's Own Words

In one of those instances where "truth is stranger than fiction," it turns out that accused sex predator Jerry Sandusky co-authored a book in late 2000 that is billed as "the story of Jerry Sandusky's life in his own words."  But wait - that's not the strange part of this story.  The weirdness comes from the fact just disclosed by Sandusky's co-author that Sandusky insisted that the book be titled Touched.  Kip Richeal, that co-author, apparently did not like that title but gave in to Sandusky's desire to slap it on his life story.

Was this Jerry Sandusky's little inside joke, a laugh at the suckers who would purchase his book?  Was it a Freudian Slip kind of thing, a cry for help - one of those "stop me before I do it again" kind of things?  Or does the man just have such a gigantic ego that he never thought he would be stopped, even if caught (exactly what almost happened thanks to Joe Paterno and the other football-crazed enablers employed by the now forever disgraced university known as Penn State)?

Kip Richeal is interviewed on the ESPN website here for those interested in more detail.

Also, for the even more curious, this can still be found at

Book Description

January 1, 2001
Touched is the story of Jerry Sandusky’s life in his own words. From his childhood to his professional career, this book goes behind the scenes to explore the successes and challenges that Jerry Sandusky has faced in life, both on and off the football field. After graduating from Penn State in 1966, Sandusky went on to coach collegiate football for 34 years. Thirty-two of those years were with Penn State, as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach under Joe Paterno, until his retirement in 1999. The book also explores Sandusky’s involvement in children’s charities, including the founding of his charity, "Second Mile."  (Bold print added by Book Chase)

(Correction: Only the information about it - not the actual book is available at Amazon)


  1. Just when I start to think that this horrific story can't get anymore disgusting.

  2. There are no words for how angry and bitter the whole situation with Sandusky and Penn State makes me. Richeal is probably one of many people combing through their memories of Sandusky and wondering if there was something they could/should have looked over more closely at the time - hindsight, and all that. But the people who DID know something was wrong, who knew exactly what was going on...I'm so angry thinking about the justifications that allowed nothing, or very little, to be done.

  3. Susan, from what I hear, this story is going to get a whole lot more disgusting before it goes away.

    I'm starting to believe that the school deserves the "death penalty" for its football program because of this massive cover-up to protect its "precious" reputation.

  4. I absolutely agree with you, Library Girl, especially because of how easily each of these men could have saved future innocent lives from being ruined...and all failed.

    As for Paterno, this was the defining moral moment of his life and he failed it miserably. The man will forever be a loser to everyone except for all the crazies who are so emotionally tied to Penn State that they can't even see how bad their reaction makes the whole area look.

  5. This guy definitely needs to be behind bars and someplace where he can't harm any more children. If my son were attending Penn State (and thank the good Lord, he's not) I would have a hard time continuing to pay my tuition given the way they handled and are handling the situation.