Cleveland takes a stand against 'murderabilia'

12:18 PM, Aug 8, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The Cuyahoga County Land Bank is taking extra precautions with the demolition of Ariel Castro's home.

During the process, possessions, even junk, anything that could be, was carted away to be ground-down and destroyed.

The county is doing this to stop the sale of so-called "murderabilia," artifacts used to promote some of the nation's worst criminals.

In 2011, Serial Killer Ink sold dirt from serial killer Anthony Sowell's Imperial Avenue home. The website then started to sell his writings and artwork.

"As for Castro, I have no interest in him or his house. So much for all the time and money invested in guarding the house, eh?" said Eric Holler, of Serial Killer Ink.

"I do, however, have my sights on the Madison case," he said, a reference to accused East Cleveland murder suspect Michael Madison.

"There is a market for these items, and we are simply passing these items along," he said. "We are simply supplying the demand for these items."

Now more websites have popped up selling items from the infamous. There is even a trend to market the material on Facebook.

We contacted Facebook, who told us in a statement this type of content does not violate their policies.

eBay has taken a stand against murderabilia, saying it has stopped allowing such items to be sold on its site.

As far as regulations, only eight states have put restricted or banned murderabilia.


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