Florida author writes book inspired by Beverly Carter's case without family's permission

Author pens book inspired by Beverly Carter

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- We all remember Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter and the story behind her tragic death.

Now, nearly three years after she was kidnapped and killed, an author in Florida has written a book, inspired by her case, without her family's permission.

Curb Appeal is a book written off the basis of reality of the 2014 kidnapping and murder of real estate agent Beverly Carter. The author, Jeff Widmer, said the Carter incident was a jumping off point for his book and it's not about her.

“It's about the broader issue of how real estate agents deal with what can be a very dangerous situation, one that I don't think many have thought about until that terrible crime,” he said.

He said he hopes his book brings awareness to the dangers real estate agents face and should be aware of.

“after reading about how the National Association of Realtors was concerned about it, I thought that I could write something about it to bring that issue to a broader more general audience,” he said.

Aaron Lewis was convicted of kidnapping and capital murder in 2016. He wrote a chilling 20 page account of what he says happened that September.

Carl Carter Jr., Beverly Carter's son, hopes Widmers book doesn’t play off those words from his mother's killer.

“I am extremely nervous this book will be based on what the bad guy said and that caused our family a lot of pain and it really tarnished my mother's name or attempted to so I really just don't want to go through that again,” Carter Jr. said.

He said his family is working hard to keep Carters legacy alive.

“It's tough to know that people from out of state that didn't know her could potentially cause harm to our family,” he said.

He also said if the author has good intentions it will show.

“Where will the profits from this book go? Will they benefit the author or will it benefit whoever he's trying to save,” he said.

"Curb appeal" is already available online and in a few bookstores but Beverly’s family says they're not sure if they'll decide to read the book.

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