Posted by | September 5, 2010 08:49 | Filed under: Top Stories

Author Joe McGinniss, who moved next door to the Palins in Alaska to research a book he’s writing, incurring an in-your-face visit from Todd and a warning from a local newspaper that lethal force is legal,  is moving out, having finished his work there.

Peeping into windows or peering through knotholes was never part of his research, McGinniss said.

“I’ve been very busy but on Lake Lucille it’s been very quiet,” he said. “As I told Todd back in May — he came over to get in my face about moving in there — I said, ‘You’re not even going to know I’m there. A lot of the time, I’m not going to be here. And when I am, I mind my own business. I don’t care what happens on your side of the fence. That’s not why I’m here.'”

And that’s how it has played out, McGinniss said.

The Palins didn’t see it that way.

Up went the fence, along with a Facebook posting implying something sinister: “Here he is about 15 feet away on the neighbor’s rented deck overlooking my children’s play area and my kitchen window. We’re sure to have a doozy to look forward to with this treasure he’s penning. Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole?”

McGinniss said he didn’t seek out the rental home. During his search for a place to live, he said, the homeowner sought him out. The price was right and it was close to the people he wanted to talk to.

Anybody wanting to spy on the Palins, McGinniss said, would be better off in a boat.

McGinniss got his share of hate from Palin supporters.

“It’s just a peculiar thing, but she does, as I found out in May, she presses a button and what comes back is hate,” he said. “The people who respond when she complains about something are just so filled with hate. I got some of the ugliest, most vile e-mails directed at me, my grandchildren, my children, my wife — just ugly, ugly stuff.”

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