They aren’t your average collector’s items. What’s called ‘Murderabilia' includes everything from hair and nail clippings, to writings and art of convicted murderers and rapists.
Most of the items are for sale on websites, but Sen. John Cornyn is sponsoring new legislation to ensure that prisoners don't profit from their violent acts. He held a briefing on his proposed law Friday in Austin. There were several examples of Murderabilia on display, including a letter from Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan and screenplays written by Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho.
"This is really something most people probably aren't aware of, where criminals in prison profit from the sale of various memorabilia that help glorify and publicize their exploits," he said.
Many states have their own laws regarding these types of transactions, but this federal law would extend those policies.
If this legislation passes, punishment would be extended and profits taken away from people caught selling Murderabilia.