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Author wants 'murder manual' out of print

8:25 AM, Dec 18, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Because of what happened at Arapahoe High School, an author is asking to stop sales of his book.

"The Anarchist's Cookbook" was written by William Powell more than 40 years ago when he was 19 years old. Powell was a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War. It's sold more than two million copies and influenced hundreds of criminals.

Police have linked it to the Columbine High School shooters in 1999, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 and Croatian radicals who bombed Grand Central Terminal and hijacked a TWA flight in 1976.

Just in the last two years, law enforcement tied the book to the Arizona shooter who wounded Representative Gabby Giffords and the Boston Marathon bombers, as well as many other alleged terrorists and school shooters.

A man named Billy Blann bought the rights to the book in 2002. He is defending his decision to keep publishing the book. He told NBC News "we don't ban books in America."

Amazon and Barnes & Noble both carry the book. They haven't responded to this yet.

But, Powell says after what happened at Arapahoe High School, enough is enough. The Arapahoe shooter had been reading the book since sophomore year and was giving it to people.

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