George Zimmerman Friends’ Book: Guilty or Innocent, He Will Lose

In a new book, the couple who hid George Zimmerman in Florida for weeks after he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin reveal personal details of what life was like for Zimmerman as he became, according to Mark and Sondra Osterman, “the most hated man in America,” the Orlando Sentinel reports. The Ostermans say, “We have sadly concluded that George cannot win. No matter the outcome of the trial, whether found guilty or innocent, he will lose.”
The book’s version of Zimmerman’s account includes a detail that could help explain an aspect of his story: Zimmerman has said he, not Martin, was the one heard crying for help before the shooting, but also that Martin was suffocating him. The Ostermans write Zimmerman’s “lowest point” was March 23, when he heard that the New Black Panthers had put a $10,000 bounty on his head. Zimmerman left the Ostermans’ home that day for fear of endangering them and his wife. The book directs harsh criticism at the media for reporting information the Ostermans say was false or misleading.”

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