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'Murderabilia' Web site posts items from accused killer of 11

Post by FystyAngel on Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:10 pm

This is just sick!

'Murderabilia' Web site posts items from accused killer of 11
http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100124/NEWS24/1240316

Serialkillersink.net selling letters from Cleveland man

CLEVELAND - An Internet site devoted to selling memorabilia from serial killers has posted envelopes, letters, and a Christmas card sent by a Cleveland man accused of killing 11 women and hiding their remains in and around his home.

The Web site Serialkillersink.net had the envelopes, letters, and card for sale recently on the site.

The letters and card, priced at $200, and envelopes, priced at $100, were sent by Anthony Sowell to employees at the Web site.

In one, Sowell, a registered sex offender, tells a California woman that he is available to correspond with her. "So if you need someone to talk to I am here for you," Sowell wrote. "So tell me what do you want to know about me? I know what I want to know about you, what type of woman are you? Do you have a man in your life?"

Sowell has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, rape, assault, and corpse abuse and is being held in the Cuyahoga County jail.

Sowell writes that he is being treated well in the jail. He mentions his ex-wife who died in 1998.
He writes that he can receive money orders but that cash should not be sent.


"I am in need of just about anything. So anything you can do to help me out is a blessing," he writes.

On Friday, the site had one Sowell letter for sale and a Christmas card posted for viewing.

The card, with the preprinted message, "May every road you travel this season remind you that God's gift of Jesus is with you wherever you go," is signed "Tony Sowell."

The Ohio attorney general's office said inmates are not allowed to make money from crimes by selling their stories to book publishers or filmmakers.

Eric Gein, who owns the Los Angeles-based Internet company, said inmates do not get paid for the letters.

He said his biggest customers are criminology professors who use the letters and artwork to teach. The site also sells personal items from inmates.

Eight states have banned inmates from sending items to companies who sell them, said Andy Kahan, director of Crime Victims Assistance for the mayor's office in Houston.

Mr. Kahan, who has led a national movement to end the practice of selling inmates' items, said Ohio is not among those states.

"This is the beginning of the merchandising and marketing of Anthony Sowell," he said.

Mr. Gein said he has been corresponding with inmates for 15 years and started his business four years ago.

Cuyahoga County Jail warden Kevin McDonough said Sowell has received more mail than most inmates and has received small amounts of money and several small deposits to his jail commissary account.

"A lot want to see his soul," Mr. McDonough said. "Many people want to be his friend or pen pal."

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