J.D. Bauer, author of pro-environment children’s book The Trinity of Superkidds: Quest for Water, has a Facebook page with 3,773 friends at the time of this post. Problem Number One: Author Bauer is really Charles Kembo. Problem Number Two: Kembo is a convicted serial killer.
Facebook’s Terms of Service do not necessarily prohibit convicted criminals from having pages on the social network, with the exception of convicted sex offenders, but Bauer’s official page for the book runs afoul of several other rules, including:
- You will not use Facebook to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.
- You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
The book was still listed for sale by Amazon at the time of this post.
The 372-page novel was released in March 2010, which just happened to be during Kembo’s trial on four counts of first-degree murder. He was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to life in prison, with no chance for parole for at least 25 years.
In a July 2010 interview with Suite 101, Kembo, presenting himself as Bauer, said:
The TSK book series is a product of sheer desperation. Since 1966, Canada has had laws against water pollution. Internationally, most governments have weaker laws against water pollution. And for those with tough laws, enforcement is an issue. The result: Water pollution galore. The solution: Get youth involved in the TSK crusade to conserve water and find its pollution. I hope the Superkidds become exceptional role models, better yet, a powerhouse of inspiration to youth today.
I have triple citizenship; I’m also a citizen of Malawi and of Belize. I love farming and own a commercial farming business. I’m single by choice and am fluent in three languages: I prefer to write in semi-darkness, alone in the nude. Surprised yet?
We may never know whether or not Julie Burtinshaw, who conducted the interview for Suite 101, was surprised at the time, but when The Province told her who the author really was, she said, “Oh my God, that’s awful. That just gives me the creeps.”
Readers: Should Facebook take down the J.D. Bauer Superkidds (Tsk Superkidds) page ?