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Putting on the "Kick Me" sign for fate

Someone once said that you could never go broke underestimating the taste of the American public. One proof of that observation has to be the rise in popularity of "murderbilia," people collecting artifacts, artwork, and other mementoes of infamous killers.

Last week, there was a bit of a dust-up in Massachusetts, as an imprisoned serial killer sold his "artwork" (very crude crayon drawings) were sold in an online auction. That brought up a spate of protests, and discussions of just how to keep these criminals from profiting from their infamy.

But there appear to be signs that the deed might end up being its own punishment. One guy, Nikki Stone of Malden, Massachusetts, dropped three grand on a self-portrait of John Wayne Gacy (in his full clown regalia) several years ago. And ever since then, he's had a spate of bad luck. He almost sold it to a friend who wasn't afraid of the "curse," but the deal fell through when the friend had his own misfortunes.

The painting is currently in the hands of a consignment dealer (whose mother was murdered six years ago), but he has to keep it out of sight -- it disturbs too many people.

I feel sorry for Mr. Stone's mother and dog, who appear to have suffered from the curse (the dog died, and the mother has cancer), but none for Mr. Stone himself. He thought it would be "cool" to be linked to such evil. He got his wish.

Comments (5)

H.L. Mencken was the source... (Below threshold)
D. Carter:

H.L. Mencken was the source of the line, "nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."

Hmmm.My father coi... (Below threshold)


My father coined the phrase:

"If you really want to make money, think up something really stupid and sell it to people."


As for the above story; Karma is a bitch.

In the UK there was a law p... (Below threshold)

In the UK there was a law passed a few years ago that states a criminal may not profit from his crime. It's caused a few debates about what constitutes profit from the crime & what is profit from, say, the infamy of being a murderer, but certainly they can not sell their stories, memorabilia etc.

The actual quote by Mencken... (Below threshold)

The actual quote by Mencken was: "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." Although this quote applies just as well to this story.

In the UK there was a la... (Below threshold)

In the UK there was a law passed a few years ago that states a criminal may not profit from his crime.

Many states also have similar laws, but we are talking about Massachusetts here.






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