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Murderabilia: Controversial Collectors

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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.

‘Chucky’ by killer Robert Bardo

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.

Ted Bundy letter from Supernaught.com

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!

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Evan Peters is Absolutely Chilling in Second ‘Dahmer’ Trailer

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The first trailer for Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story exceeded expectation. The insane detail that is being put into the 10-episode series is absolutely chilling. Plus, Evan Peters is going to a whole new level taking on the role of Dahmer. We are very pleased to announce that the second trailer for the upcoming Netflix series is just as depraved as the first one.

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Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer

Ryan Murphy of American Horror Story creation fame is shaping Dahmer up nicely. Plus, its great to see all these amazing actors all really going for it. For example, Richard Jenkins playing Dahmer’s dad is going to be fascinating to explore.

Watch the trailer below:

The synopsis for Dahmer goes like this:

“Dahmer chronicles the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers (Peters), largely told from the point of view of Dahmer’s victims, and dives deeply into the police incompetence and apathy that allowed the Wisconsin native to go on a multiyear killing spree.

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story arrives on Netflix beginning September 21 (Tomorrow).

Take a look at these articles if your interested in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Glenda Cleveland: The Woman Who Tried to Stop Jeffrey Dahmer

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Glenda Cleveland: The Woman Who Tried to Stop Jeffrey Dahmer

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Glenda Cleveland tried to stop Jeffrey Dahmer’s killing spree, but police didn’t believe her. Subsequently, he was able to kill four more victims.

Ryan Murphy’s 10-episode Netflix series about Jeffery Dahmer, starring Evan Peters, is about to hit the streamer on September 21. It’s called Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, and it tells the story of the disturbed young man, including the neighbor who tried to stop him.

Played by Niecy Nash in the upcoming series, Cleveland lived next to Dahmer. In 1991 her daughter and niece spotted a male teenager fleeing from the killer in an alleyway. Reportedly, the women talked to the police but were ignored. After going home and telling Cleveland, she also tried contacting law enforcement.

But as before, the police didn’t do anything. Instead, they responded that the intoxicated boy was having a domestic dispute with Dahmer and dropped it.

Glenda Cleveland

The Phone Call

Here is the conversation taken from phone records, between Milwaukee police and Cleveland:

Cleveland: “Yeah, uh, what happened? I mean my daughter and my niece witnessed what was going on. Was anything done about the situation? Do you need their names or information or anything from them?”

Officer: “No, not at all.”

Cleveland: “You don’t?”

Officer: “Nope. It was an intoxicated boyfriend of another boyfriend.”

Cleveland: “Well, how old was this child?”

Officer: “It wasn’t a child. It was an adult.”

Cleveland: “Are you sure?”

Officer: “Yup.”

Cleveland: “Are you positive? Because this child doesn’t even speak English.† My daughter had, you know, dealt with him before, seeing him on the street. You know, catching earthworms.”

Officer: Ma’am. Ma’am. I can’t make it any more clear. It’s all taken care of. He is with his boyfriend, in his boyfriend’s apartment, where he has his belongings also.”

Cleveland: “But what if he’s a child? Are you positive he is an adult?”

Officer: “Ma’am, like I explained to you, it’s all taken care of. It’s as positive as I can be. I can’t do anything about somebody’s sexual preference in life.”

Cleveland: “Well, no, I am not saying anything about that, but it appeared to have been a child. This is my concern.”

Officer: “No. No. He’s not.”

Cleveland: “He’s not a child?

Officer: “No, he’s not. OK? And it’s a boyfriend-boyfriend thing. And he’s got belongings at the house where he came from. He has very nice pictures of himself and his boyfriend and so forth.”

Cleveland: “OK, I am just, you know. It appeared to have been a child. That was my concern.”

Officer: “I understand. No, he is not. Nope.”

Cleveland: “Oh, OK. Thank you. Bye.”

Konerak Sinthasomphone

That boy turned out to be 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone who became the 13th documented victim in Dahmer’s reign of terror. There would be four others Dahmer confessed to killing after him.

Cleveland became sort of a hero after Dahmer was caught. The press wouldn’t leave her alone. Even after Dahmer’s conviction, Cleveland continued to live in the neighborhood next to the Oxford Apartments where he did his killing, even after his conviction. The apartment building was eventually torn down in November of 1992

Her brother always asked, “Why don’t you move away from that house on haunted hill?”

Her reply? “I’m not going anywhere!”

Cleveland passed away on December 24, 2011, two decades after the gruesome discovery in Dahmer’s apartments. Her daughter Sandra says she and her mother never really talked about Dahmer and their encounter with him.

“I try not to think about it because it should have been different,” Smith said. “A lot of things could have been prevented. I try not to dwell on that.”

Niecy Nash

Nash’s role will be much bigger than that of other series on the subject. She and Murphy have worked together before on the series Scream Queens.

“My first introduction to Jeffrey Dahmer and his story was hearing something on the news and then hearing my parents talk,” says Nash. “Glenda was one of his victims too. And her story has been told the least.”

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Shocking Interview With ‘Dahmer’s’ Niecy Nash Explains How Serial Killer Could Have Been Captured Early On

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Netflix’s Dahmer is only a few days away. The new series stars Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer and stars Niecy Nash as Dahmer’s neighbor, Glenda Cleveland. In a shocking interview, Nash goes into the details of taking on a woman’s untold story that could have seen the notorious serial killer caught a lot sooner if the police hadn’t been filled with racism and homophobia.

Earlier in the week, we posted the first trailer for the upcoming series as well as an intense interview with Peters. In the interview, Peters talks about how hard it was to stay above the darkness while embodying the role of Dahmer.

The synopsis for Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story goes like this:

Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer gruesomely took the lives of seventeen innocent victims. DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is a series that exposes these unconscionable crimes, centered around the underserved victims and their communities impacted by the systemic racism and institutional failures of the police that allowed one of America’s most notorious serial killers to continue his murderous spree in plain sight for over a decade.

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffery Dahmer arrives on Netflix on September 21.

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