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“Beating a dead horse” with the Hartford Courant Newspaper – Joshua Komisarjevsky ( 2nd article published )

// May 2nd, 2015 // No Comments » // News, Press, Serial Killer


Komisarjevsky Not Involved In Sale Of Personal Items On “True Crime” Website

By Alaine Griffin – Hartford Courant Newspaper ( Connecticut )

       A state Department of Correction investigation found that Cheshire home invasion killer Joshua Komisarjevsky did not take part in the sale of his personal items on a website that sells items of serial killers and other notorious murderers.

Earlier this year, Andy Kahan, a victim advocate in Texas, discovered poems and drawings done by Komisarjevsky and clothes he reportedly wore in prison for sale on the website

His belongings were part of the website’s “True Crime Museum & Prison Art Gallery, “that features items from more well-known infamous killers like Charles Manson, Gary Gilmore and “Son of Sam” killer David Berkowitz…

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BTK letters from prison sold on serial killer true crime collectible website ( KSN Channel 3 News – Wichita, Kansas )

// April 25th, 2015 // No Comments » // Events, Interviews, Links, News, Press, Serial Killer


WICHITA, Kansas – Most people want to move on with their lives when it comes to the name Dennis Rader, but a website is bringing back memories of the case. It’s selling letters Rader recently sent from the El Dorado Correctional Facility. KSN reached out to the website selling his letters…

Questions from Shardaa Gray – KSN – Channel 3 News ( Wichita, Kansas )

How did you obtain the letters of Dennis Rader?
I was contacted by an individual who offered it for sale, amongst other various items. The person was a penpal with him. Dennis Rader has not contacted me, nor have I ever made any communication with him.

In addition to your question…

I have always had interest in reading about various serial killers and true crime stories ever since I can remember. To hold a piece of artwork from a notorious killer or to have a letter and study it’s contents first hand, I find to be incredibly fascinating.  The fact that it is so taboo, only adds more “thrill to the hunt” of obtaining the next most ridiculous piece of “murderabilia.”  
My website is daily monitored by outside sources that report any items I list to law enforcement, when it is suspect that I am directly doing any kind of business with a death row inmate.
I have lost track of the number of investigations that have been conducted over me because of this.
The mass majority of items I have for sale is from people who have contacted me offering them for sale. I do not conduct business with death row inmates.

What’s your response to victims of Dennis Rader and this basically brings back horrible memories for them?
I would be more interested in your response to that question.
You are about to publish an article that is going to feature the items I have for sale… and in no doubt, will make Dennis Rader even more infamous. I don’t advertise my website. I cater to an underground culture of True Crime enthusiasts and Criminologists. 

My website is “DarkVomit”.
Why Dennis Rader?
I have many many different people that I have featured on my site. – Dennis Rader just happens to be one of them. There is a lot of interest for “BTK Killer” related items on the open market. …He is quite popular.


“Sale of ‘Murderabilia’ Provokes Controversy” – New York ‘Dollars and Sense’ Journalists Report

// January 8th, 2015 // No Comments » // Links, Press, Serial Killer


by Lenore Fedow – Published: January 7, 2015

A thickly outlined clown in a red pin-striped suit smiles from a frameless 14-inch by 18-inch canvas. His red-and-blue-painted face is more creepy than whimsical. He holds a bouquet of multi-colored balloons in his white gloved hand and waves with the other. Pogo the Clown is the alter ego of John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer responsible for the murder of at least 33 young men. Gacy painted Pogo in his cell on death row at Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois. This signed painting can be yours for $3,500.

To find more paintings by Gacy and other notorious serial killers, browse the many auction sites, such as Dark Vomit, Serial Killer Ink and Murder Auction, that offer “murderabilia,” the memorabilia and artwork of serial killers. The listings include gloves worn by Charles Manson, for $700; a bible owned by the so-called Genesee River Killer, Arthur Shawcross, for $2,000; and a signed Christmas card from the killer Ed Gein for $9,000.

While the hefty prices on these items may seem shocking, victim advocacy groups are even more aghast that such items are being sold at all. Yet despite the backlash from such groups, sellers like Kelly Hutchison, the founder of the Dark Vomit True Crime Gallery, stand by their business plan. “Organizations like these use victim’s families as poster children for their cause,” said Hutchison. “The same organization that will point out that I profit from people’s misery does the exact same thing.”

Hutchison, who refers to himself as a “modern day smut peddler,” said that he didn’t start selling murderabilia to make money and that there isn’t much to be made, in any case. He said his main income stems from selling his own personal artwork, which draws inspiration from the dark and macabre.

“I am fascinated like many others by trying to find meaning in tragedy,” Hutchinson said.

“As an artist myself, it is important for me to portray emotion in my paintings. The same is true for the emotions that I feel and get from reading a letter that I have from an individual condemned to die on death row or trying to understand the person’s artwork…”


Tacony Dungeon’ suspect’s art, letters for sale online – New York Metro News

// October 6th, 2014 // No Comments » // Links, News, Press, Serial Killer


by Sam Newhouse – Published: October 2, 2014

“It’s known as “murderabilia” —the sale of the letters, possessions and mementos of famous criminals to collectors.

“I will be the first to admit that I am a ‘modern day smut peddler,’” said Kelly Hutchison, a San Diego artist who runs, a True Crime Museum and Prison Art Gallery, where the Weston collection is being sold, via email.

Hutchison won’t say how much he paid, which are for sale for $65 to $85 each.

He said a “pen pal” of Weston’s who is studying social services at college sold him the letters — which Weston purportedly wrote and sent from prison within the last few months, along with drawings.

One shows Jesus. Another shows one of the Seven Dwarfs masturbating.

“I do find the art and letters of Linda’s to be quite fascinating,” Hutchison said. “Her handwriting is childlike and her writing is very erratic. The drawings that she includes with her letters do not make any sense and they are so bizarre and weird.”

Weston’s defense attorney, Patricia McKinney, criticized the sale.

“No matter how low the bar is set for capitalizing on the mentally ill, it doesn’t surprise me that someone is always willing to go lower,” McKinney said. “It’s also interesting that there is no way of authenticating these at all.”

Weston and three others, including her daughter, were arrested in October 2011 after four adults were found captive in their basement, as well as Weston’s niece, whom she was fostering for DHS.

Weston is charged with murder for the deaths of two mentally disabled women whom she allegedly kept captive at other locations.

She is pleading insanity, but the feds say she masterminded the scheme for profit. Prosecutors are considering seeking the death penalty against Weston…”


Artwork of accused killer for sale – Philadelphia Daily News

// October 6th, 2014 // No Comments » // Links, News, Press, Serial Killer


BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer – October 03, 2014

“MOST PEOPLE might know Linda Weston by the crimes she’s accused of: kidnapping and torturing mentally vulnerable adults, even killing two, in a decade of depravity that ended in 2011 after her landlord discovered her Tacony house of horrors and alerted police.

But Kelly Hutchison thinks she should be known for her artwork. 

The San Diego-based artist is selling several letters and illustrations Weston created, including one of Jesus and another of Snow White beside a masturbating dwarf…”

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8 Infamous Killers Who Were Also Brilliant Artists

// June 11th, 2014 // No Comments » // Links, News, Press, Serial Killer

8 Infamous Killers Who Were Also Brilliant Artists
by Kristen Duvall – June 10, 2014

     “Murderabilia” is defined as collectibles related to murders, murderers, or other violent crimes. And despite the obviously morbid nature of the industry, it’s a booming business. Some prized “murderabilia” might include crime scene photos, or perhaps something owned by a famous serial killer. But sometimes, these items can be a bit more creative. That’s because many famous killers had other hobbies besides murdering people, and in some of these cases, their hobbies were of the artistic variety.

      Artists often have the reputation of being ‘tortured’, an idea that suggests they’re beleaguered by the pressures of their creative spirit. But what if an artist externalised that pain in more than just their work? The artists we’re discussing here were not just tortured; they were responsible for the torture of countless others.

      Some of the art work produced by these killers was actually pretty good. But don’t take our word for it; see for yourself, as we present you the impressive art work created by 8 infamous killers…


#4 …Charles Ng

      Charles Ng and his partner-in-crime Leonard Lake are believed to have been responsible for 11-25 deaths that involved the torture and rape of their victims that included women, men, and even babies. They even videotaped some of their brutal exploits, creating snuff films of their crimes. Lake killed himself with cyanide when arrested, but Ng is was sentenced to death. He currently sits on death row at San Quentin State Prison in California.

       While in prison, Ng has taken a correspondence course in art, and murder memorabilia site, Dark Vomit, has auctioned off several of his origami butterflies…

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“How sick do you have to be to buy something like this?” – New York Daily News

// June 2nd, 2014 // No Comments » // Links, News, Press, Serial Killer


           “A peculiar item recently came up for sale on a website that caters to people who collect things created, owned, or even just touched by murderers. It was a pair of plain white panties, with the name Dana Sue Gray and a number, W76776, scrawled at the crotch. The asking price was $250.”


What’s Christmas without a card from a convicted killer? ( Joliet Patch – Illinois )

// March 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // Links, News, Press, Serial Killer

Not on Joliet Mass Murderer Milton Johnson’s Xmas Card List?
Buy His Holiday Greeting on ‘Dark Vomit’

       “If your holiday felt less-than-happy without a greeting card card from Milton Johnson—the man convicted of the Pottery Shop Massacre in Joliet and of killing an Emden man as he slept in a car parked on Interstate 55, you can buy one now through the murder memorabilia website Dark Vomit…”

Yellow Journalism of Bryan Denson – good pal to Andy Kahan.

// January 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // News, Press, Serial Killer


       Recently a slew of articles about the subject of “murderabilia” were published by Bryan Denson of the Oregonian. 

       Some of these articles, include victims rights advocate, Andy Kahan’s ”top 6 picks” of the “murderabilia” industry —  “Top 6 Ghastly ‘murderabilia’ items cited by victims advocate Andy Kahan” 

      Besides the new information described within the new bill introduced in Congress… — the articles are no different than the thousands of other articles written on the subject matter.

      It should also be no surprise that the writer of the articles is also an old friend of Andy Kahan’s.

–via Andy Kahan’s facebook page.


        …what is even more insulting. Is that Bryan Denson claims to be a “champion of the first amendment”.

On his moral high ground, he explains,

         “The Oregonian doesn’t profit from telling you about these sales any more than it would while keeping you informed that JFK was assassinated, man walked on the moon, and the stock market fell 300 points last Friday.”


Bryan Denson of the Oregonian is a Yellow Journalist.  

“U.S. senators push for ‘murderabilia’ law as Oregon prison officials review inmate memento sales” – The Oregonian

// January 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // Links, Press, Serial Killer

By Bryan Denson – The Oregonian – January 24, 2014

     A bill moving through the U.S. Senate would punish infamous murderers such as Oregon’s Christian Longo, Kip Kinkel and Keith Jesperson if they knowingly profit from the sale of their letters, artwork or other memorabilia.

Cornyn’s bill, introduced with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., would not punish the thriving industry…

     …The bill also does not target people outside prisons who sell letters they receive from the likes of Randy Woodfield, a former Portland State University football star known as the “I-5 Killer.”

The Stop the Sale of Murderabilia Act of 2013, introduced last September, marks the third attempt by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to pass a law that imposes additional years in prison on violent prisoners who sell their mementos.

The Texas senator’s attempts to pass such a law in 2007 and 2010 died in committee. But he and Klobuchar’s efforts to downsize the murderabilia trade gained traction recently, when a letter by Fort Hood mass killer Nidal Hasan recently sold on one of the sites…

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