So some scumbag who owns a scumbag website has gotten a hold of a Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus calculator that was once owned by Virginia Tech gunman and ultimate coward, Cho Seung Hui. It can be yours for a mere $3,700. Cho sold the calculator on eBay in order to buy guns and ammo for his cowardly bloodbath.
In my opinion murderabilia should be spoken in the same terms as child porn. Outside of a museum or an educational setting these murder junkie trophies have no intrinsic value.
You can tell me about how the people who buy this stuff work at soup kitchens and love puppies but you’d be full of crap. We all know the type of cretin that buys this stuff. The loser who thinks he’s some kind of pseudo-badass whose best days are years behind him. Kind of like this guy I used to go to high school with who would talk way too much about Charles Manson. These people are nothing more than murder groupies who will use their death trinkets to try to impress the teenagers that hang out with them.
Gawker first broke the story that a 1999 Columbine High yearbook, called Rebelations, was put up for auction on the internet. Before the item was pulled from the website it was fetching bids as large as $700.
The description of the book featured a picture of the book, as I’ve included, but also pictures of the cowardly scumbags Harris and Klebold. Also the description referd to the book as an important piece of history and not the murderabilia for which I actually consider it.
A lot of people have been asking who would buy something like this? Unfortunately I’m way too familiar with the answer. In the past I’ve referred to them as mutants. They are troglodytes who either sympathize or worship the Columbine killers. I have seen more than one request from them looking for a ’99 Columbine yearbook. Some of them try to collect anything related to Columbine from the ’98-’99 school year since that was when the tragedy happened. A ’99 yearbook is the unholy grail for them. Some of them have even claimed to have moved to the Littleton area to be close to their ‘Mecca’.
As it turns out the auction has been pulled as a friend of the original owner of the book told Gawker that the book had been stolen from its owner. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a mutant that stole the book and put it up for auction in the first place.
Michael Carneal killed 2 and injured five at Heath High. As far as I’m concerned he is the one that started the chain reaction of school shootings in this country in the late 1990s. First it was Paducah then Jonesboro then Kip Kinkel then Columbine. So if you ever wanted to know how this all got started it’s the face behind the coke bottle glasses over there. Carneal is currently serving a life sentence.
Carneal isn’t the one making money off of himself however there are several websites out there that are selling items that belonged to Carneal such as letters and drawings.
Murderabilia is nothing new, it’s been around for decades however with the proliferation of the internet it has become easier for people who deal and collect this trash to do business.
Now I’m not going to say that these websites should be against the law. That would be a slippery slope that could end up with things like true crime novels being banned. What I want to talk about is the human trash that buys this crap.
Now I know that you’re going to say that it’s a piece of history and that you’re not actually a fan of killers like Carneal. That’s really a load of crap and you know it. Unless you’re an anthropologist, or sociologist or criminologist or something along similar lines you’re just a murder groupie. You are defective mentally and a drain on society. Get help.
I know what you’re thinking. “Trench, why are these two articles together? They have nothing in common”. Au contraire. They have more in common than you think. Let me explain.
When you read the second article you think how reprehensible it is for people to collect things that were made by or belonged to serial killers. Then what would you think of people who collect videos of actual people’s deaths? There are a plethora of sites out there that deal in disturbing death videos. The more disturbing the better. What makes it worse is through the wonders of the internet the videos can be duplicated ad infinitum and posted just about anywhere. Some of the most sought out of these videos are the decapitation by terrorists of Daniel Pearl, the live on-air suicide of Pennsylvania State Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer, and now probably the sudden death of Steve Irwin. There are laws like the Son of Sam laws that prevent criminals from profiting from their crimes. There should also be some kind of similar law where no one can profit from the filmed, taped, or photographed death of another.
Now that it’s known that Steve Irwin’s death has been caught on tape the death merchants are probably eagerly awaiting for it to get leaked so they can post it on their ghoulish websites to try to squeeze a nickel out of somebody else’s corpse.
We used to have a thing in this country called decency but not anymore.