As a psychology student, I find myself OBSESSED with this show and other taboo things. There is currently a marathon of it on National Geographic right now and this episode is about taboos about the dead. There is a man who makes a living by selling things related to murderers-from dirt of a dump site to letters and autographs of the murderers themselves. There are people in the justice system trying to shut his business down and make it illegal to buy or sell the possessions of murderers.
I believe this man should be allowed to continue his business, because it is the legal distribution and true preservation of history. We, as humans, like to hide the negative parts of our history but it is as important-if not MORE important-than the “good” parts. These people trying to shut him down say that it isn’t right to make a profit from someone who caused so much suffering-but that is all any type of historical preservation is.
Why should Charles Manson’s letters be of a lesser value than an 18th or 19th century depiction of the Revolutionary war or photographs of Holocaust victims? It is all human history and it all deserves to be documented. The painters of the Revolutionary paintings were paid for their work and the photographers-unless specifically military controlled-were also paid for their photographs.
Murder will not stop happening just because we try to hide the evidence in a filing cabinet and the murderers will not change for the better just by being forgotten. If people had forgotten Jack the Ripper, his crimes would not have been less horrifying or grotesque-there would just be no one to remember how carnal and broken we can actually be as a species.