Murder markets in everything

by on June 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm in Economics, Law | Permalink

Mr. Kahan estimated that there were perhaps half a dozen murderabilia vendors in the United States who advertise online. They include,, and

Just type in the address and behold: A holiday card signed by Joel David Rifkin, convicted of the murders of nine women in New York City, available for $350. A shirt worn by Richard Ramirez, a k a the Night Stalker, can be yours for as little as $1,400. Paintings by the executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy are especially popular and pricey; a portrait of his alter ego, Pogo the Clown, is currently going for $19,999.

And why would anyone want this stuff?

“Each piece tells a story,” Joe Turner, a British collector who owns a Gacy painting and a lock of Charles Manson’s hair, wrote in an e-mail.

rb June 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Don’t forget the Unabomber “murderabilia” sold by the Govt….

Mike Kenny June 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

i wonder why celebrities don’t sell their hair clippings after hair cuts. or sell their bags of trash to the highest bidder. seems like they’re just leaving money on the table.

nazgulnarsil June 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm

projecting a need for more money in a way considered strange is low status.

Toledo McPherson June 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Well, if you give someone a lock of your hair, it may be possible within the next decade or two for them to have cells from the sample converted to gametes with which they could make a fetus.

Scott Sumner June 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I have a bullet from a murder weapon. I found it at a crime scene in Chicago.

Nick June 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm

“Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention please. Would Joel Rifkin please report to the stadium office. Joel Rifkin, telephone.”

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