Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Donald Harvey letter offered in eBay auction

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A signed, four-page letter from “Angel of Death” serial killer Donald Harvey is being auctioned on the cyberspace marketplace eBay.

        As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, the item was being offered along with other, similar items from infamous mass murderers. The top — and only — bid Tuesday night was $19.99.

        Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen blasted the practice, calling it “gruesome” and “pathetic.”

        Mr. Harvey, a nurse aide, confessed in 1987 to killing 24 patients at the former Drake Hospital in Cincinnati and nine patients at a London, Ky., hospital. He is serving at least 60 years in prison.

        Serial killer paraphernalia has become a common feature on eBay and other cyberspace auction houses.

        Some states, such as California, have laws prohibiting a third party from benefitting financially from the sale of any material connected to a serial killer.

        eBay officials could not be immediately reached for comment.


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