Senator Dorsey-Colomb of Baton Rouge, files Senate Bill 565 in response to artwork listed on, “Dark Vomit’s True Crime Macabre and Outsider Art Gallery”
BIILL BANS DEATH ROW INMATES PROFITING FROM CRIMES
–Written by Mike Hasten
BATON ROUGE — Death Row inmates should not profit from the notability they’ve gained from their crimes, Rep. Barbara Norton said as she received unanimous Criminal Justice Committee support Wednesday for legislation authored by Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb.
Dorsey-Colomb, D-Baton Rouge, filed Senate Bill 565 in response to serial killer Derrick Todd Lee selling artwork on a website, Dark Vomit’s True Crime Macabre and Outsider Art Gallery.
The site, specializing in “serial killer and true crime collectibles,” had two of Lee’s works — a watercolor print of a panda chewing on bamboo and a watercolor of two swans on a lake — but currently is offering only the 9-by-12 swans drawing, complete with the mailing envelope stamped “Death Row” and with his two hand-written messages “Please don’t bend. Pictures inside.”
Norton said the bill seeks to prevent profiteering by “someone who has murdered someone or cut someone’s neck off, or whatever the case may be.”
The bill says the proceeds from any sales would go into a fund to benefit victims and their families. Before Lee was identified by DNA evidence, multiple murders in the early 2000s panicked many women in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas.
Many bought handguns or mace. He was first convicted in 2004 of second-degree murder for the death of Geralyn DeSoto.
Later that year, he was convicted of the first-degree murder and rape of LSU graduate student Charlotte Murray Pace, 22, and was sentenced to die by lethal injection. That sentence was upheld by the Louisiana Supreme Court in 2008. Attorneys filed an appeal in April 2011.
Since last year’s session, Dorsey-Colomb married Sterling Colomb Sr., father of one of Lee’s alleged victims, Trineisha Dene Colomb, 23, of Lafayette.
After Lee was convicted of Pace’s murder, prosecutors chose not to seek other convictions. He is linked to seven murders and is suspected of others.
Serial Killer listing on Dark Vomit’s True Crime Macabre and Outsider Art Gallery