// September 26th, 2013 // No Comments » // Events, Interviews, Links, News, Press, Serial Killer
Dear Texas Senator, John Cornyn, September 25, 2013
I would like to clarify for the record.
In no way does my store listing of the letter by Nidal Hasan glorify what he did.
( I personaly believe that Hasan should be publicly executed — and in a timely manner! )
…nor did he recieve ANY compensation for the sale of the letter.
While I feel your cause is honorable, I find this proposed legislation “Stop the Sale of Murderabilia Act” to be absolutely ridiculous and a direct violation of an inmates first amendment right.
If an individual commits a crime, we have laws in our land in which that individual must pay a debt back to society and serve time and/or lose their life via execution ( within some states ).
It is unfortunate that you cannot concentrate on radicalizing the Texas prison system in efforts that the criminal pays more of their debt to the victim… rather than to society.
I also find it ironic that you team up with victims rights advocate – media whore, Andy Kahan ( who is mentioned and quoted in nearly EVERY article that has been published on the subject matter of “murderabilia” )
—and that you both can’t come to a better resolution to these matters …that will TRULY help a victim?!
Peoples interest in “murderabilia” is nothing new. — Only the silly name is.
My store sells items of a historical nature and I feel what I am doing is nothing wrong.
What you are proposing is a very dangerous slope.
Our judicial system process is not perfect. If inmates are restricted access of their communication, I am fearful that this bill will create a loophole in which many wrongfully convicted individuals, will not have any chance to proclaim their innocence and/or report any violation of injustices within our prison system. I believe much of the content in the letters of communication in my store, also serve as as a watchdog for criminal activity amongst correctional officers and injustices within our prison system.
You attack me because I am an easy target — because I am an individual, rather than a corporation.
I would suggest you take a better look at your own states prison system and see how other individuals and entities profit off of inmates.
# 1 at http://www.ifeveryoneknew.com/ has a great article in which talks about prisons being operated by private corporations and traded on the stock market.
–amongst many many others who profit.
…including some of your own past campaign contributors.
Kelly Hutchison www.DarkVomit.com
Hasan letter fetches $2,000 in auction – Killeen Daily Herald
by Philip Jankowski – September 25, 2013
A letter from convicted Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan sold in an online auction for $2,000 and has prompted U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to make another attempt to end the sale of items he calls “murderabilia.”
The letter sold on the website Darkvomit.com, which promotes itself as a “True Crime Macabre and Outsider Art Gallery.”
Its listings feature personal items of Charles Manson, a drawing by Richard Ramirez and Ku Klux Klan memorabilia.
Cornyn has attempted to end the sale of items from convicted killers much in the same way many state laws prevent criminals from profiting from their crimes after convicted.
Cornyn introduced similar bills in 2007 and 2010 that failed to garner enough support to pass through the Senate chamber.
He said selling the so-called murderabilia is “incomprehensible and unconscionable.”
Janine Vaccarello, with the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, said many people are fascinated by the possessions or writings of serial killers, mass murderers, rapists and other criminals because their actions run contrary to the morals of a typical person.
“There is a fascination because people are good, most people are good, so they don’t understand why people could do these things,” Vaccarello said.