Indeed, Direct Julian P. Hobbs connects serial killing and consumerism saying “from movies to television, books to on-line, serial killers are packaged and consumed en-masse” (Schmid). There is a market for murderabilia and an interest that is disturbing. Interest in serial killers hair, false teeth, fingernail clippings and other possessions is a booming business. The demand is high and collectors can choose from a wide range of items that suit their personal tastes. Dealers of murderabilia try to make a living off these crimes. Dealers have websites that offer personal artifacts from many notorious killers. One website offers a lock of Charles Manson’s hair for $2,500. Another website offers John Wayne Gacy’s painting for $2,999 and another for $19,999. Customers that purchase murderabilia are looking for item that will offer a new insight into the criminal’s lives. They enjoy anything that is associated with notorious criminals. “Serial killers are so fascinating that their personal belongings and their artistic creations are fetishized and turned into highly...
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...mories they would love to forget and wounds that are hoping to heal, yet the families cannot do so because memorabilia items of the crime are being sold on the internet and old wounds are being opened. Criminals should be paying for their crimes not profiting from them.
In conclusion, it is unethical for a serial killers to murder people, make money off it and become famous for it. In addition, it is immoral for dealers to profit off the sale of crimes. Victims are being used as a tool for criminals to profit from. Serial killers are being made famous from these murders and often times profit from the sales of murderabilia items. The victims’ families are the ones who suffer as old memories and wounds are being reopened. While there will always be supports of the right to sell items at their own free will, it is unethical and immoral to the victims to do so.
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