Some people are outraged that Jodi Arias is profiting off artwork that is being sold on Ebay -- artwork that she created while behind bars since 2008. This concept falls along the same lines as 'murderabilia,' which is exactly as the name denotes: Murder memorabilia. This month alone as many as seven color pencil drawings created by the accused murderess have sold, totaling $1,019.98 in profits for Jodi while she awaits her fate on trial.
The Huffington Post reported this news today, 1/18/2013, and already the negative attention the story has gotten is phenomenal. Some of the comments on the HuffPost article indicate the general public's anger with knowing that artwork is being sold on the behalf of Jodi Arias.
"They should burn her and her art," said one comment.
Murderabilia isn't anything new, and it has long been a controversial topic among those who follow true crime stories as well as loved ones of the victims of various crimes. One prominent figure in the sales of murderabilia is Eric Gein, and I had the pleasure of not only interviewing him for this Huffington Post blog, but I've gotten to know him and how this industry works. While some people may take offense to the dealing of artwork and other items once-owned by serial killers and notorious criminals, these items serve a purpose to those who collect them.
It's not far-fetched to consider these drawings created by Jodi will eventually be worth far more than what they've recently sold for on Ebay. And Jodi Arias does deserve the right to a fair trial, regardless of what the public wants to believe. She has not yet been convicted, and she needs the funds to help in her defense. The public seriously needs to get over this, and get over the concept of murderabilia in general.