(AP) A novice crime writer who spent more than five months in jail for refusing to hand over notes about a Houston society killing has sold the publishing rights to her book.
Vanessa Leggett has spent five years working on the book about the murder of Doris Angleton, who was found shot to death in her affluent home in 1997.
Leggett, 34, was jailed last July when she refused to give her research to a grand jury. She was released Jan. 4 when the grand jury’s term expired.
Crown Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc., says the book, tentatively titled “The Murder of the Bookie’s Wife,” will be published in 2004. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“As a book publisher concerned about First Amendment issues, we followed the news of Vanessa’s imprisonment with a sense of awe and admiration,” said Steve Ross, Crown’s senior vice president and editorial director.
Authorities suspect Angleton’s husband, former millionaire bookie Robert Angleton, hired his brother Roger to kill her.
Robert Angleton is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, murder for hire, and a firearms charge. He was acquitted of similar charges in 1998 in state court.
Roger Angleton killed himself in jail 10 months after the slaying, leaving behind a note exonerating his brother. Leggett interviewed him before the suicide.
The book will detail the murder, its investigation and Leggett’s imprisonment.
“I’ve fought long and hard for a story I believed in, and knew needed to be told,” Leggett said. “It’s immensely gratifying to have found a publisher who believes I can tell it and has committed to make it happen.”