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Weekend Express with Lynn Smith

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The fight against murderabilia

  • Andy Kahan is a victims' rights advocate and former parole officer
  • He coined the term 'murderabilia'

Imagine losing a loved one to a violent crime, then watching people rush to buy the killer's personal effects or even mementos from the crime scene. Murderabilia has a profitable market that has made millions off mundane items like dirt from the Cleveland strangler's home or even a half-eaten bag of Reese's Pieces from Charles Manson. Is making money off murder legal?

Although 'Son of Sam' laws often prevent killers from profiting off their crimes in books and movies, victim rights' advocate Andy Kahan explains that there's a new genre "in which sellers procure items from high-profile killers." Natasha Curry spoke with Kahan about the most bizarre items he's seen for sale and what Jodi Arias' artwork could mean for the future of murderabilia.

Read more: Murderabilia: A collection of mementos from killers and outlaws

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