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    Auction websites sell "murder memorabilia"?

    Originally posted by: mayfairlight, moved from LTWH


    Two auction websites that sell "murder memorabilia" (), including letters, documents, crime scene photos etc:


    Murderauction

    http://www.murderauction.com/Photogr..._id,categories


    Daisy Seven

    http://www.daisyseven.com/auction/br...?=&id=1565&=Go!

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    Do we know who is profiting from the sale of these items? I've seen a talking head speak about these auctions and I can't remember exactly who it was. I want to say Ablow. I could be wrong though.
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    Murder Memorabilia, and the web sites & auction sites that sell it are disgusting.

    It is wrong on so many levels.

    To 'glamorize' these killers is sickening.
    The disrepect caused to the victims and their loved ones is heart breaking.
    For anyone to actually profit from murder in such a way should be illegal.

    I recently read that people (mainly families of famous homicide victims) are working hard to make the selling of these so-called collector's items illegal.
    .... ....... My posts are my opinion, only.

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    I remember many years ago people were buying paintings (mostly of clowns I think) done by John Wayne Gacy. It was really the "in" thing to do at the time by mostly wealthy people.

    To me that is only bringing evil into your home. I remember thinking how could anyone want anything he touched or especially something created from his demented mind.

    I hope this isn't off topic but the subject reminded me of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Do we know who is profiting from the sale of these items? I've seen a talking head speak about these auctions and I can't remember exactly who it was. I want to say Ablow. I could be wrong though.
    I don't know Kat, I hadn't heard about anything like this before. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, although it makes you wonder what kind of people would bid on something like this? or even buy something like this?

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    smart blonde,

    I agree it is awful, just awful. Hopefully the families will be able to get this stopped.


    montana 16,

    Yes, I remember that too about John Gacy. I hadn't thought about it being like bringing evil into your home but its a very good point. Wealthy or not it still makes you wonder what kind of person would purchase something like this, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by imamaze View Post
    smart blonde,

    I agree it is awful, just awful. Hopefully the families will be able to get this stopped.


    montana 16,

    Yes, I remember that too about John Gacy. I hadn't thought about it being like bringing evil into your home but its a very good point. Wealthy or not it still makes you wonder what kind of person would purchase something like this, huh?
    Yes imamaze, it does make you wonder. The reason it was mainly wealthy people buying it was because those paintings went for a very hefty price.

    I don't remember who received the money for them though. Out of curiosity I think I'll look that up when I have the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montana_16 View Post
    Yes imamaze, it does make you wonder. The reason it was mainly wealthy people buying it was because those paintings went for a very hefty price.

    I don't remember who received the money for them though. Out of curiosity I think I'll look that up when I have the time.
    His children/relatives received some if not all of the money from his paintings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grace1984 View Post
    His children/relatives received some if not all of the money from his paintings.

    Thank you for the information Grace1984.

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    These sites are common now; it's sick as hell. There is exploitation all around, as people on the outside are needed to transact the business end. They sell letters, body fluids (yes), artwork, clothing, hair, nail clippings, shoes, anything and everything with the inmate's signature or prison issue number. Sometimes (but not always) it's not even perpetuated by the inmate him- or herself. A corrupt guard or other prison employee can make a buck off of some of the above items to which they have access. So can a so-called pen pal writing under a guise of friendship or "more." But usually the prisoner profits also, and so is induced to keep "putting out," as it were, and the skids get greased all down the line.
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    This has been going on for years, like 20 or more. The most famous one is Gacy and his paintings, but the websites selling this stuff have flourished. Honestly, my biggest complaint about the art is that it's no good. I mean really, if it wasn't done by someone infamous, who would pay for it? It's mostly high school art class quality at best.

    Depending on the state, the criminals can't make money off it, but the people who are pimping it do things like send them more art supplies.

    I don't know if I would make it illegal, but I find it distasteful and wouldn't want the stuff in my house.

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    I knew someone when I was younger who had a Gacy painting (a creepy ,garish clown very badly done)& who claimed to have corresponded with Gacy.
    Prior to actually seeing the painting I thought this person was "cool" & as Ive always been a True Crime nut I had no issue with it...........until I saw the painting.The phrase "bringing evil into your home"is apt.........it literally made me feel ill & changed my feelings about this person & my feelings about my interest in crime & certain people around me (I had an acquaintance who wrote to Manson-supposedly) .............there is no valid reason for anyone to sell,buy or "collect" anything like this .I think people who feel the need to collect manson's hair spiders & Gacy clowns etc are themselves ill or wounded souls & in my experience I have been right.
    I was disgusted that one of Bernardo/Holmolka's only KNOWN living victim's Aunt was selling her letters from Karla,they had been friends which is how Karla got access to the victim,on Ebay .She claimed the money went to the victim.......I dont care........you are preying on one persons mental illness with anothers illness .Its sick.These "famous criminals"need to be locked away to be studied & then forgotten......not fawned over or idolized!!!!!!!
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    I have less of a problem with the sale of artwork, probably because I have a friend whose brother is an incredibly gifted artist who spent 25 years in Angola for murder, and he sold artwork at the Rodeo and also through other legitimate channels and even had a gallery show at the local Chamber of Commerce while incarcerated. The other items just skeeve me out completely. How is that we, as a society, place value on things of that nature? It's hard enough for me to understand why somebody would buy Britney Spear's used chewing gum and cigarette butt, but many people bid online for them. But she is at least a marginally talented public figure. Where is the value in a sick murderer's fingernails? Who buys stuff like that? They are every bit as sick, in my book.

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    I was wondering where my post went
    Thank you imamaze
    I didn't mean to offend anyone, I just find auction websites a good resource for rare pictures and documents etc. I'd never buy anything.
    I didn't even think about who profits from the stuff, I noticed one of the sites sell copies of documents as well. They probably make those themselves and profits from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HesterMofet View Post
    This has been going on for years, like 20 or more. The most famous one is Gacy and his paintings, but the websites selling this stuff have flourished. Honestly, my biggest complaint about the art is that it's no good. I mean really, if it wasn't done by someone infamous, who would pay for it? It's mostly high school art class quality at best.

    Depending on the state, the criminals can't make money off it, but the people who are pimping it do things like send them more art supplies.

    I don't know if I would make it illegal, but I find it distasteful and wouldn't want the stuff in my house.

    I agree and it has been going on for years.

    John Waters, the director is a big investor in murder memorabilia too. He has a rather large collection. Also, I asw a show on TV about people who collect this stuff and they stay in touch with the criminals, some even call their homes. Just sick and very hurtful to the victims. Seems like a rather large business now.

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