“Murderabilia” Web Sites’ Popularity and Infamy

Whether you are horrified or fascinated, the fact remains that the personal items of killers are being auctioned and sold…some at a hefty price. Take a look at the starting bid price for this original painting by John Wayne Gacy of fellow-monster, Adolf Hitler from the site murderauction.com.

Gacy's painting of HitlerThe site helps auction letters, photos, DVDs and more of personal items from well known serial killers and murderers, which has generally been banned from mainstream sites such as EBay. Understandably, the family of victims are extremely upset that anyone would try to profit from murders.  But the website’s operator, Todd Bohannan, told CTV (Canada’s largest private broadcaster) he doesn’t think he’s doing any wrong. “I don’t know that I could look at a family member and say, ‘I’m sorry, what I’m doing is wrong or bad,”’ he said.

What are your thoughts? If you owned a piece of art made by a killer, would you display it?

Would you put on a sweater once owned by a serial killer?

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  • sqweed said:

    I have several personal letters from Richard “the night stalker” Ramirez and I have the first he sent me framed on my wall. Ity's a great conversation piece.

  • Dear Mr. Gacy (author) said:

    Sqweed: Jason Moss wrote to Ramirez as well: we posted some letters and artwork here: http://www.dearmrgacy.com/richard-ramirez-moss’… — are copies of your letters available on the web? Do you have anything that looks like these?

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