Friday, March 02, 2007

Write a History Book, Get out of Jail

The BBC is reporting in Paedophile freed for Dracula book, that a historian is getting out two years early from a Romanian prison for writing a history book. American Kurt Treptow was serving a seven year sentence for having sex with underage girls. However, he was released two years early for writing about Dracula.

The article notes, "According to the law, Kurt Treptow was entitled to early release because his writing counted as work in prison. He published a book about Vlad III Dracul, the Romanian prince who inspired the Dracula legend."

So, does the act of writing a history book indicate that a rehabilitation for a sex offender has occurred? I am a bit skeptical. Of course, in the USA, it would be virtually impossible for a prisoner to write a history book due to restrictions on Web access and small prison libraries.

I wonder if the book is Vlad III Dracula: The Life and Times of the Historical Dracula? Treptow is the author but it was published in 2000 which would not seem to fit the chronology of this case. He must have written a sequel.

1 comment:

elementaryhistoryteacher said...

This is just unbelievable!