SANFORD, Fla. -- HeadlineSurfer.com Publisher Henry Frederick has written his first book, "Creepy Ass Cracker" (842 pages, Xlibris), which hits bookstores later this year.
It focuses on the sensational trial that led to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the gunshot slaying of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, but the meaning of the book's title may end up surprising you.
Frederick won journalism awards for his Miami interview with Trayvon's parents; later for his trial reports at the Seminole County courthouse.
Among Frederick's other award-winning judicial assignments:
• Covering the multiple post-conviction appeals and ultimately witnessing the Florida execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos;
• Covering Teresa Earnhardt's civil trial in which she successfully convinced a circuit judge to keep husband Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos sealed after his horrific fatal crash on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500;
• The intricartte legal wrangling behind Texas Motor Speedway shareholder Ferdindand Ferko's legal fight to force NASCAR to provide a second race date for track; one of the few not owned by the France family.
Frederick has appeared on the Oxygen network's crime show"Snapped," and more recently on the Discovery Channel's "Deadly Affairs" on sultry convicted murderer Virginia Larzelere who got off death row years after her Edgewater's dentist-husband's slaying.
Afer 20-plus years as an award-winning metro print newspaper reporter specializing in cops & courts breaking news, Frederick launched the Sunshine State's first true 24/7 internet newspaper, initially called NSBNews.net and later re-named as HeadlineSurfer.com under the registered trademark Headline Surfer®.
Frederick is working on a second book, "Wrestling ReWind," on the blurred lines of fantasy and reality in the squared circle. In all he has secured puyblishing rights to three books. The third book, not yet titled, will likely focus on his two favorite races: the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.