Alleged hair samples from Charles Manson, a tracing of the “night stalker” Richard Ramirez’s hand and now a letter from Jeremy Christian — those are some of the items for sale on the Murder Museum website.
Christian is the man charged with killing two people and injuring a third on a Portland MAX light-rail train in 2017.
His letter is listed on the website for $250. Only a snippet of it is visible; it includes Christian stating, “The death sentence is officially off the table.”
The letter is dated for Sept. 25, 2019, a few days before a new Oregon law took effect, narrowing the definition of aggravated murder. About a month later, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion effectively eliminating the option of the death penalty for Christian due to that law.
The person who runs the Murder Museum website, only identified as “CC” in an email to OPB, said the letter was obtained from a “pen pal” Christian wrote to, though Christian refers to the person as a “letter collector” in his writings.
“I haven’t been writing back letter collectors because I’m an asshole like that,” Christian’s letter states. “I’m also a collector so I know about supply and demand.”
CC said the Murder Museum website does not condone or support serial killers or murder.
“People are fascinated by true crime, serial killers,” they said. “What is it that makes their mind tick? What makes them decide to wake up one day and kill someone or multiple people destroying their life, the victims and their families? I think that is what intrigues people the most.”
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office refused to comment. Christian’s attorneys did not respond to request for comment.
Christian’s trial is slated to begin early next year.