Murderabilia, a term used for those who collect items relating to a crime. Yes, this is a real hobby, and an expensive one at that.
Collectors who indulge in these items commonly acquire pieces from infamous criminals and serial killers. These pieces are either from the crime scene or the prisoners themselves, either during incarceration or after death.
For instance, art made by the convicted is a highly sought after commodity. There is not much to do in prison, and putting pen to paper in one way or another passes the time; whether that’s letter writing, poetry, or drawing.
However, prisoners cannot benefit from the commission of their crime; this means anything related to their crime, including the story from their point of view, can’t be sold. Not as a book, a television show, or a movie. If such a sale is made, the proceeds are then awarded to the victims of that assailant. This is known as the Son of Sam law.
While the felon cannot benefit from the commission of their crime, patrons of the arguably macabre interest can spend an exorbitant amount of money in their items relating to the felons and the acts they committed.
An example of murderabilia online is supernaught.com where you can a variety of items from a range of offenders. Examples of items you can purchase include; the report documenting Ted Bundy’s escape for $850 as well as Bundy’s escape warrant in Ohio for $800.
If you don’t have that type of money to spend you can buy a copy of one of his victims’ missing posters for $8. A copy of his fingerprint chart is only $12. A copy of Bundy’s Ohio mug shot can be yours for $12.00, a copy of his last will and testament is available for $15.00, and his death warrant is only $12.00. These items are inexpensive because they are a matter of public record, therefore they are made available at a very low cost.
However for you more extreme collectors who don’t want a xeroxed copy, official letters written, signed, and sealed (now opened) go from $2,900 to $4,000!
Supernaught.com has documents and originals from killers of all kinds. Ranging from letters and art to photographs and even jail ID wristbands, aficionados can certainly find the next item for their collection. These are highly sought after items, and the price tag reflects their desirability.
Other names you may recognize that are listed on supernaught’s website include; Aileen Wuornos, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Kaczynski, The West Memphis 3, and Charles Manson.
Whether this is an ethical form of business or not is left to be determined by the individual. Yet isn’t it ironic serial killers collect trophies from their victims, and now the public is collecting trophies from past serial killers? Let us know what you think in the comments below!