Woman at center of 2010 acid hoax will appear on TV

Bethany Storro to discuss book she co-wrote on two ABC shows




Bethany Storro arrives at the Clark County Courthouse on April 8, 2011, with her mother, Nancy Neuwelt. Storro, a troubled young Vancouver woman who purposefully damaged her face with drain cleaner and then concocted a story about being attacked, has written a book about her experience.

A troubled young Vancouver woman who purposefully damaged her face with drain cleaner, then concocted a story about being attacked, is tentatively scheduled to discuss a book she wrote about her experience at 7 a.m. Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Bethany Storro, 30, who wrote “Facing the Truth” with Portland burn survivor Mona Krueger, also is expected to appear on ABC’s 20/20 investigative reporting program. The date of that appearance hasn’t been determined, Krueger said.

The book was released earlier this month at Amazon.com and is now available on Kindle.

Storro’s story attracted national attention after she was found sitting on a curb near downtown Vancouver’s Esther Short Park in August 2010, her face damaged by a caustic substance. She told police that she had been attacked by a stranger, a black woman who threw a cup of acid on her face.

Detectives were suspicious about her story from the beginning, but it took days of investigation before she admitted to making up the story.

In the meantime, she accepted donations from well-meaning people who were outraged that a young woman would be attacked in such a manner.

She later entered a deferred sentencing agreement on a charge of second-degree theft, in connection with spending part of the donations, and agreed to seek inpatient treatment for mental health issues. That charge was dismissed in March 2012 after she completed the terms of the agreement.

The book explores Storro’s underlying mental illness, which led up to her actions.

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