Hundreds of items associated with serial killers, including personal effects, paintings, letters and even hair and fingernails, are available for purchase online to collectors as “murderabilia.”
1978 A bracelet that convicted murderer Charles Manson made while in prison is listed for $3,500 and billed as a “one-of-a-kind” item on Supernaught.com. Released from prison in 1967, Manson set up a commune based on free love and devotion to himself. Members of his cult conducted a series of murders in California in 1969, including that of actress Sharon Tate. He and his accomplices were sentenced to death, but were spared the death penalty because of a California Supreme Court ruling against capital punishment.AFP/Getty Images
A calculator used by Virginia Tech killer Seung Hui Cho and hundreds of items like it are being peddled to collectors by Web sites as “murderabilia.” The market is hardly a new one, but the practice renews the ethical debate.