States Pass Laws Limiting “Murderabilia” Sales


A hubcap from the 1968 Volkswagen Beetle that Ted Bundy drove as he roamed the West in the mid-1970s murdering young women is for sale. Price: $3,500. McClatchy Newspapers says that although he was executed in Florida's electric chair more than 18 years ago, anything connected to Bundy is a hot commodity in “murderabilia” – items offered by a handful of Web sites that cater to those fascinated by the nation's most notorious killers.

Along with Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer and David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz, Bundy item are is the most sought after, said Andy Kahan, director of the Houston mayor's crime victims office. Kahan has led the effort to limit such sales. Several years ago, Kahan helped persuade eBay to stop trading in murderabilia, only to see dealers launch their own Web sites. “They are like cockroaches,” he said. “People have always been interested n the macabre, but this is nauseating.” Five states – Texas, California, New Jersey, Michigan, and Utah – have passed laws aimed at limiting such sales. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has introduced legislation that would prohibit state and federal prisoners from mailing such items.


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