Judging It by Its Cover

A murder victim's image sells books until a federal court says, Enough!

Police found Tammy Dee Acker's body, stabbed 11 times by robbers, in her father's home in Fleming-Neon, Kentucky. The ghastly murder features prominently in the book A Dark and Bloody Ground, but the literary content wasn't questioned in the lawsuit filed by Tammy's sister, Tawny Acker Hogg. It was the cover, which includes a portrait of Tammy -- without her family's permission. The photo appears with a glossy splotch of red superimposed over her face. "This is pure commercial exploitation designed to sell a product with Acker's photograph," said Joe F. Childers, Hogg's attorney, arguing that under a Kentucky law she...

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