By Carolyn Kellogg
3:30 PM EDT, August 9, 2013
The man who allegedly posted a photo of his dead wife on Facebook published "How I Saved Someone's Life and Marriage and Family Problems Thru Communication" in February.
On Thursday, Derek Medina posted a bloody photo of his wife's twisted body on a linoleum floor on Facebook with the note, “I’m going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. Love you guys. Miss you guys. Take care. Facebook people you’ll see me in the news,” the Miami Herald reports.
Medina, 31, turned himself in to police later that day; he has been charged with murder.
In light of the crime he has been charged with, his slew of self-help books is all the more disturbing. Between February and July, he self-published six self-help books, all with hectoring titles.
"How I Saved Someone’s Life and Marriage and Family Problems Thru Communication," 42 pages, was published Feb. 2. In it he tells a story of a man who divorces and remarries the same woman -- Medina and Jennifer Alfonso had also divorced and remarried, before she was killed.
"Humans Who Are Gifted and Can See the Supernatural Spirit Ghost World We Live in Called Ghost Haunted Adventures," a 94-page book about ghost-hunting, was published Feb. 28. In the book, he describes an event in which his wife is visited by a ghost.
"How a Judgmental and Selfish Attitude Is Destroying the World We Live in Because the World Is Vanishing Beneath Our Eyes," 90 pages, was published March 22. A story of depression, fighting rules of society, UFO visitations and animal photos.
"Attention World Save Yourself," 84 pages, was published April 23. "My goal is for the readers to realize what life they are living," he writes in the book's description. "Please understand why I write short novels. When it's an urgent message and a life threatening situation you expect the messages to be quick and fast. I hope these books touch your spirit."
"World Just Ask Yourself Why We Are Living a Life Full of Lies and How I an Emotional Writer Made All of My Professional Dreams Come True Blocking Society's Teachings," 78 pages, was published June 6. "My goal as an author is to offer self help so enjoy the five books I have created and stay tuned for future work by yours truly, emotional writer Derek Medina," he writes.
"If the World Ended Today How Would You React to Saving the World or Helping the World or Would It All Be Over for You" - published July 1. 102 pages. The book's description includes this: "The book also explains facts on how our world has failed and millions of innocent people have lost their lives due to the bad decisions we have made as a world."
All books were published through e-BookTime, a self-publishing company, and all are currently available as e-books and in paperback at Barnes & Noble.
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