Items from suspected Ashland serial killer for sale on ‘murderabilia’ website

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ASHLAND, Ohio– Tracings of suspected serial killer Shawn Grate’s hands are listed on the “murderabilia” website Serial Killers Ink.

Grate was arrested after a woman called police from a house on Covert Court in Ashland on Sept. 13. The victim said Grate held her captive. After she was rescued, investigators began discovering bodies.

The 40-year-old is accused of killing four women and faces more than 23 counts, including murder, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse. Authorities said he confessed to the crimes. His trial is scheduled to start on Nov. 6, 2017.

Two tracings of Grate’s hands appear on the Serial Killers Ink for $50 each. Both are listed as out of stock.

“Signed in full with Christian childrens prayer at the top of the page and Christian inspirational words on each of the five fingers. Five is a reocurring theme in many of Grate’s items as it represents the five victims attributed to him. The hand is also significant as strangulation was his preferred method of killing,” the site decribed one item.

But for the victims’ families, these so-called “murderabilia” sites can cause more pain.

“Offenders making money and getting famous from the sale of these types of items is very upsetting to the victims,” said Elizabeth Well, legal director of the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center.

Well said there’s not much they can do to stop Grate from selling things online until he’s convicted. Then, he will fall under the Son of Sam Law, which prevents convicted killers from profitting from books and movies describing their crimes.

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