Did deposed host Bill O’Reilly actually predict his future firing?
In 1998, the former Fox News journalist published a novel, entitled, “Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Television and Murder” — about a TV Newsman who kills people after losing his high-profile job!
The main character is a violent, bitter journalist who takes revenge on his former colleagues — by murdering them!
The tome draws upon O’Reilly’s days as a reporter at CBS News in the 1980’s, and is filled with violence and rants about newsroom politics and pent-up sexual aggression!
A true page-turner, “Trespass” has characters who are described as having, “the need for some kind of physical release,” “intense sexual hunger,” “horny, aggressive, ambitious, and Irish!”
One major character, who he named “Ron Costello” is “universally loathed” at his workplace — but directs his energy toward getting “as much as he could of what he wanted!”
In the story, Costello’s advances are rejected by a female news colleague and thinks to himself, “Goddamn bitch. She’ll be sorry!”
The character is then blacklisted from the network — and spends the next decade plotting his revenge murdering colleagues who have slighted him!
“People who are greedy for power realize that television is the most influential tool ever created,” writes O’Reilly.
While at CBS, O’Reilly and his camera crew had captured exclusive footage of a riot in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which was included in a broadcasted report but didn’t give him any credit by name — and is one of the exact plots of his book!
There is only one major female character in the story — a temptress named “Ashley Van Buren.”
A young newspaper reporter covering the murder investigations, O’Reilly describes her as “blonde” and “big-busted” with the “face of a fashion model.”
He implies that she is conscious of her “good looks” and “sexy voice” and uses them to her advantage when trying to extract information.
A love triangle develops throughout the book between the journalist, the killer and a detective – and the storylines resemble the accusations and lawsuits that have been levied against him during his time at FOX!
“If you’re paid the big bucks, then you have to carry the ratings. So not only do you have the pressure to perform flawlessly, but you also have to worry about how many people are watching. That kind of pressure makes people crazy,” says one character to another in “Trespass.”
O’Reilly described writing the book at the time as a “harrowing experience.” To date, 34% of customer reviews on Amazon gave it a 1-star rating.