SICK mum Karen Matthews is trying to flog her life story for £12,000 so she can have plastic surgery to avoid vigilantes, it is claimed.
The 44-year-old was branded “Britain’s worst mum” after kidnapping her daughter Shannon in 2008 in a bid to pocket the £50,000 reward.
Police discovered the child drugged and tethered in the base of a bed in nearby Batley Kerr a month after she was snatched from her home in Dewsbury, West Yorks.
Eleven years on, Matthews now lives under a new name in the South of England after serving half of her eight year sentence.
The mum of seven has dramatically changed her appearance, is a born again Christian and works in a charity shop.
But according to friends, Matthews is unable to escape abuse or recognition in her new life, last year using a police car to take her home out harassment fears.
The Daily Star claims she has contacted two publishers to sell her life story so people will “leave her alone”.
Her book will tell her story and about how she thinks everyone has got her wrong.”But she wants money in advance to pay for the plastic surgery so people don’t recognise her and will leave her alone
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A source told the paper: “Her book will tell her story and about how she thinks everyone has got her wrong.
But she wants money in advance to pay for the plastic surgery so people don’t recognise her and will leave her alone.”
Shannon was found alive and well 24 days after she went missing at a Batley Carr house belonging to Michael Donovan, who was uncle of Craig Meehan, Karen’s boyfriend.
Karen was found to have planned the sick abduction with Donovan, and both were jailed.
Meehan was found to have had nothing to do with the kidnapping.
Shannon’s ordeal and the massive search that ensued were the subject of BBC drama The Moorside last year.
“She is living a life looking over her shoulder,” another source told the Star.
“People still recognise her. She gets abuse and threats. She just wants to disappear.”
They added: “Karen insists she is innocent and knew nothing of the reward plot. In her mind if the BBC can cash on it all why couldn’t she?”
Shannon Matthews was given a new identity and is now living with a new family.
Last year she turned 18, and would have to be at least 21 before she was able to speak to the media.
There is a law in place that means Matthews would be unable to profit from a detailed account of her crime.
The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 prevents criminals from profiting from publications of their crimes.
At the time the law was widely attacked by critics, who argued in The Guardian that “genuine attempts at rehabilitation become vulnerable to populist campaigns”.
Matthews could, however, be open to self-publishing a book without profiting from it.
The ex-lag could also pen a more general memoir of her life that did not closely detail the abduction.