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Katy Victims Advocate Fights “Murderabilia” Industry, Hopes to Prevent Killers Profiting from Crimes

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

June 8, 2021

By Natalie Cook Clark


Can “murderabilia” be stopped?” Andy Kahan, a victims advocate and Katy resident discussed the booming industry this weekend at CrimeCon in Austin along with industry legends like Nancy Grace. He believes murderabilia glorifies killers and allows them to profit from their crimes, which further inflicts pain on the victims left behind.

Andy Kahan educates a large crowd at ComicCon on "Murderabilia" with his stage lined with personal artifacts and manufactured items from serial killers. Photo courtesy: Andy Kahan.


Tackling Bail Bonds to "Murderabilia"

You may recognize him from the evening news as Kahan has been unarguably the strongest voice against the bail bond crisis in Texas, primarily Harris County. As Director of Victims Services and Advocacy for Crime Stoppers of Houston he directly sees the impact that the murders/homicides has through the victims that are left behind.


"The victims are the only people in the criminal justice system that are not there by choice," says Andy Kahan.


Katy Dad, Victims Advocate Coined the Term

Kahan coined the phrase “murderabilia” to refer to the sale of collectibles associated with murders, murderers, and homicides. Anything created or worn by mass killers can be marketed. Clothing (especially worn during a crime) artwork, writings, and even items like hair and nail clippings, and used deodorant go for top dollar.

Kahan with Chris Hansen of To Catch a Predator.

Victims are Affected by Murderabilia Sales

“From the victim’s perspective this is absolutely nauseating and disgusting,” says Kahan.


Like many things, education is key to stopping or at least controlling murderabilia, especially as obsession for such items only grows thanks to the national interest in True Crime shows.


“Everyone wants to talk about this,” says Kahan. “People like to see the dark side of what makes people tick, what makes them people take someone’s life when they don’t even know them,” explains Kahan.


For Kahan, his journey with murderabilia began In 1999 after reading about a New Yo