by Max Brantley
Remember "Kids Who Kill?" This was one of the sleaziest episode of the grab-for-cash reality show known as the Mike Huckabee gubernatorial administration. It was a quickie cut-and-paste book transparently designed so that Huckabee could profit off the Jonesboro school slaughter.
Families of those killed at Westside school still remember angrily how Huckabee cashed in on the blood of children.
All of it is recalled, in great detail, today, in a major story in the Los Angeles Times.
Herring and Wright were concerned that there was no law to prevent the shooters from profiting financially, since they were juveniles and would be released from prison when they turned 21. They said they told Huckabee they wanted assurances the killers could not write books or sell their stories to Hollywood, and that Huckabee looked them both in the eyes and said: "That would be blood money."
At a second meeting in Jonesboro, Wright said Huckabee again vowed it would be "blood money" for the shooters, with Huckabee adding this time: "No one should profit."
Then, ten days after the shooting, it was announced that Huckabee had signed his own book deal, to be written with George Grant, a prolific author of Christian books. The publisher was an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, the denomination in which Huckabee was ordained.