Profit from Murder: Killers' artwork for sale
Julie Walker lives every day with the anguish caused by the murders of her aunt and uncle in the Jamestown area.
But when Walker recently discovered a website is selling artwork created by the Elmira man convicted as the ringleader in those killings, it was like an old wound was ripped open again.
Davide Coggins, 37, is serving a 50-year-to-life sentence at Attica Correctional Facility for his role in the April 2013 murders of Town of Carroll residents Gordon and Joyce Skinner.
Coggins apparently has been painting artwork in prison, and one of his pieces is for sale on a website known as serialkillersink.net.
The idea that anyone, inmates or otherwise, could profit from such a horrific crime is nauseating, Walker said.
Coggins led three other Elmira residents on an early-morning home invasion at the Skinner residence, according to Chautauqua County prosecutors. The victims were stabbed to death, and Gordon Skinner's body was burned.
Coggins was convicted in November 2014 on two charges of felony murder, along with counts of first- and second-degree burglary, first- and second-degree arson, and fourth-degree conspiracy.
Eric Holler started Serial Killers Ink in 2009. The website states it is a leading company worldwide for true crime collectibles.
The site features artwork, letters and other memorabilia connected to high-profile killers — including David Berkowitz, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Richard Ramirez, Drew Peterson and Charles Manson.
Items are sometimes dubbed "murderabilia."
There is a significant market for such things, Holler said.
New York has a "Son of Sam" law that prohibits criminals from profiting from their crimes, such as by writing and selling books or other items.
That's not what is going on with Serial Killers Ink, however, according to Holler, who said everything he does is legal.6:16 p.m. EDT September 16, 2016