"There were signs," acid hoaxer says in new tell-all book

VANCOUVER, Wash. - The introduction of Bethany Storro's book describes how her mental illness "snuck up on her so severely."

"There were signs, but being a people pleaser, not wanting to be a burden on anyone and living with a hearing impairment all contributed to my tendency to ignore them," Storro wrote in her new book called "Facing the Truth."

The Vancouver woman who burned her face with drain cleaner and claimed to have been attacked has written a book about the hoax.

The Columbian reports Bethany Storro wrote the book with Portland-area co-author Mona Krueger. A news release says the book will "take the reader through a maze of mental illness to uncover the history leading up to the tragedy."

Krueger on Monday released an excerpt of the book's introduction to the media. The book begins: "I, Bethany, am publishing this book not to gain attention nor sympathy, but for two reasons. One is to tell my story. The other is to bring awareness about BDD (body dysmorphic disorder) and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), so that others may seek help for healing."

The introduction says Storro now has come to terms with her mental illness. She apologizes "for the people that I hurt, misled or caused trouble for."

Storro attracted national attention in August 2010 when she said a stranger threw a cup of acid in her face. She accepted donations from sympathetic people before she admitted to detectives she had made up the story.

Storro pleaded guilty to making a false statement to a public official and was sentenced to community service and ordered to continue mental health treatment.


Information from: The Columbian,

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