I am going to break away from the usual grit, gore, and amusing idiots that you have grown to love and cherish on this site. My offering today concerns a little sideline of real crime that has recently made the news – “Murderabilia”. It’s an international (if you consider Canada, like, a nation) phenomena that is driving some folks bat-shit crazy.
Murderablia is the category of objects that are deemed “collectible” by real crime enthusiasts and other sick fucks like me that appreciate a little insanity in their daily lives. Things like letters, paintings and even toenail clippings from criminals who have achieved infamous notoriety qualify for inclusion. The mainstream media have taken up the klaxon call to have this burgeoning industry in dark merchandise suppressed. They use arguments based on criminals profiting from their crimes, and the pain inflicted on the victims families as planks in their case. I am here to cry BULLSHIT!
Lets get one thing straight right off the bat. I have no interest in owning John Wayne Gacy’s rosary, or Charlie Manson’s shitty art.
So whats the buzz? Why the controversy? Because you know there has to be some butt-hurt going on for the pink pantied “journalists” to pick up the story. It seems that the stir originates around one man in particular, Andy Kahan (Director of the Houston-based Mayor’s Crime Victims Office), the man who coined the word “murderabilia”. He has been on his Texan, fuck-all, high horse relentlessly lobbying to have his particular morality imposed on the nation at large. And it’s working. Kahan has been instrumental in the criminalization of “murderabilia” trafficking in five states.
Of course it’s working. There is nothing that Americans like better than to impose their personal norms and mores on to their neighbors. And it is a politicians wet dream to be seen on the side of fighting evil. It’s an easy issue to frame into clear right and wrong sound bites, and after all, we’re just looking out for the victims families, right?
The media has crashed in on the party. These champions of free speech (as long as it is their speech being discussed) and liberal, flag burning civil-liberties, have inexplicably landed on the side of the enraged masses. To read the articles and “human interest” pieces that are clogging the info-stream on this subject, you would think that this is the greatest evil since Nixon and DDT. I guess their noses are more attuned to the currents of public opinion these days, seeing that they are about to be obsolete, and are desperately trying to make connections with “the common folk” in order to be relevant again. Or could it be that the word “victim” has blinded them to the deeper issues involved here? You know they get instantly wet when the word victim is bandied about.
So lets take a quick look at the two major complaints that are fueling this unreasonable suppression of commerce.
1) The criminals are profiting from their crimes
For fucks sake! Do you really buy this? If we are talking about the big money makers of this macabre market – the Son of Sams and the Boston Stranglers – these guys are doomed to perpetual confinement for the rest of their lives. The very most that they can gain from the sale of their crap is an enlarged commissary account within their prison. Last I checked, there are no Ferraris or Yachts for sale there. And I am pretty fucking sure there are limits to how much a prisoner can buy of the stuff they do have. So whats the issue? That maybe, just maybe, some of that money can find it’s way to the families of these asshats, and perhaps some small solace might be found for the lives that were destroyed that no one considers? You know – the innocent moms and pops of these dickheads. OH GOD! The injustice of it all.
And for those that might see some daylight in their golden years: wouldn’t it be better for all of us if they had a small nest egg to support themselves with, instead of going on the public dole, or using those skills they learned in the big house to make a living? Think it through, beyond the limits of the talking points, and you’ll see how utterly baseless this argument is.
2) It causes the victims and their families pain
My retort? – So fucking what?
It’s harsh, I know. But are we really ready to restrict one mans freedoms so that others in our society don’t get upset? (Shut the fuck up Pelosi!) In my world, I was taught that we are free to pursue happiness. There was no caveat that stated “unless someones panties might become twisted”. By the time we achieve adulthood, we are expected to understand that there are those who do not believe as we do, who don’t act like we do, and that may even like country music. However much we may disagree with them, however much our delicate sensibilities are offended, they are entitled to pursue those things they find enjoyment in, and someone is entitled to sell it to them, unless there is a direct harm being done.
Do we want to ban books because some whacked Christian group finds them offensive? (Good bye Harry Potter and Dan Brown). Do we really want to restrict access to polyunsaturated fat because we can’t stand seeing fat people? (Good bye Whoppers and fries). The same is true in this instance. So you personally find “murderabilia” offensive. I think you have a fucking ugly dress. I won’t impose my tastes on you, and I damn well expect the same.
I am interested in your thoughts! Please leave a comment, for or against, and lets beat this issue to the bloody pulp it needs to be to make some serious murderablia cash!
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