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.

1 rb June 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

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

2 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.

3 nazgulnarsil June 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm

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

4 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.

5 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.

6 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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