Oct. 1, 2013 – Staff Writer Joe Gould
Army Times – Transcript Q & A
How did you obtain the letter, and from whom did you obtain it?
I was contacted by a college student, who is studying within the field of criminology. I made a trade with some of my own artwork to obtain the letter.
Who did you sell it to, how much did they pay and when did it happen?
I am not at liberty to disclose the identity of the purchaser.
I spoke with the individual who purchased it and they have asked me to keep their information confidential. The original asking price I was asking was $5,000. I was offered $2,000 and I
took the offer. — I sold it roughly a week ago.
What do you think motivates people to purchase or collect items dubbed “murderabilia” by critics?
That is a difficult question to answer. I have met various collectors who are interested in “murderabilia” for many different reasons. Personaly, my own interests began with the study of abnormal psychology and mental illness. I find it to be an endless quest to comprehend and understand why some individuals commit the crimes that they do. There is a lot of information within many letters that I have, that one simply cannot obtain anywhere else… unless they write to the individual themselves.
What is your response to critics who say that you are indirectly profiting from murder?
I am in no more profiting from murder than the media hasn’t already. My store was not setup to glorify murder, but rather, to study it. I pull reference from past news articles that have already been written with much of my content. The more notorious the media makes out the criminal to be, the higher the value of their item later becomes.
Where are the profits for the Hasan letter going?
For the record. Absolutely none of the profits went to Nidal Hasan from the sale of the letter. I have never had any correspondence with him personally. The college student who wrote to him, only recieved one letter in reply. There was no arrangements of payment for the letter from Hasan, of any kind. The profits were donated to a charitable organization that assists veterans.
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