Henry Lee Lucas

A bill made by the U.S. Senate aims to prevent killers and other violent convicts from earning any profit from sales of their murderabilia. Jesperson, a prolific artist, said he no longer profits from his drawings or letters, both of which can be found on the web. "What needs to happen," he wrote in a letter to an Oregon newspaper, "is to kill the market. Make it a felony to sell murderabilia. Ban it off all websites... It will take a big whoop-la by the government to achive it... I'd love tos ee the murderabilia market killed. But it will not happen." Jesperson wrote that he has produced at least 1,500 drawings during his 16 years in prison, and that he has no idea how much of it has been sold or resold in that time. But because an agent who marketed his drawings broke prison rules, Jesperson said, he can no longer sell his artwork and receives no profits. Jesperson pointed out that he enjoys colored-pencil artwork more nowadays because he doesn't have to worry about marketing or selling it. "I'll keep sending it to friends and family as gifts," he wrote. He pointed out that some of the pieces of artwork on murderabilia sites are knockoffs with forged signatures. From prison, Jesperson has occasionally sent notes to reporters at the newspaper. But in his latest letter, he said he can no longer pen his smiley face. "I cannot use my crime name or symbol on anything," he wrote. "Even if I'm having a bad day."


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