Hate crime sends chilling message

Hate crime sends chilling message

There are 2 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 4, 2006, titled Hate crime sends chilling message. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Hate crimes send a chilling message beyond victims and laws are needed to ensure that authorities do not write them off as mere pranks, an Anti-Defamation League spokesman said.

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Carmel, IN

#1 Dec 4, 2006
All crimes are hate crimes. It makes no difference what the skin color is or the sexual orinetation may be or if it is just because that person has more money than you do. It is still a hate crime.

Crime is crime and the sooner society comes to grip with this fact and refuses to tolerate such evil the better off our country will be.

Since: Jul 07

Brunswick, ME

#2 Jul 31, 2007

When you think of trading cards, a few images often come to mind: Michael Jordan defying gravity to dunk a basket ball, comic book super heroes or even the lovable animated characters of violent Japanese cartoons. But SerialKillerCalendar.com had something far more macabre in mind and with the possible exception of O.J. Simpson, it is clear that their product will not be featuring sports stars. SerialKillerCalendar.com (a Maine based business that has released items such as Serial Killer Action Figures, True Crime Clocks and ... of course, the controversial Serial Killer Calendar) has recently added a new item to their line of macabre merchandise which may very well surpass the others in popularity and controversy.

One of the company’s two owners, Kris Saunders, says “in the 1990s, Eclipse enterprises published a line of true crime trading cards that caused quite a national stir. They were hugely popular, but very controversial and several litigations ensued. Each time, the courts ruled that the images contained in the artwork were fully protected by the first amendment. In the summer of 2007, we put together a series, featuring the artwork of 5 noted artists. Each of the 75 high quality cards depicts independent renditions of some of the world's most notorious serial killers. The set features 3 full volumes of 25 traditionally formatted cards and a visual array that is truly awesome even to the artistically uninspired.”
The company’s designer and co-owner, James Gilks, had this to had.“What certain people fail to understand is that we are not, in any way, attempting to glorify these individuals. Our merchandise is certainly not a tribute to their crimes. Unlike the countless books and films that depict their actions in gruesome detail, our products simply display a talented artist's rendition of the killers and a collection of quotes which we hope may shed some insight on to the madness that made them kill. I'm sure that there those who are disgusted with the idea of a trading card series that features convicted murderers but I strongly believe that freedom of speech should never be limited to that which is not taboo. Art is and should always be, one of the truest forms of self expression.”

Possibly more unusual than the content of these cards are the artists themselves. Nico Claux (whose work appeared in the first Serial Killer Calendar) is a reformed killer and alleged cannibal from Paris France. Other artists in the series have garnered a massive online following among collectors of true crime, heavy metal bands and even the Satanic Church. Despite the fact that the cards are far from what you would expect to see at your local chain store, James Gilks has said that the overall feedback has been nothing but positive.“I really expected some kind of public outcry from this. I have been preparing to defend our actions from day one but honestly the response has been all positive. Nobody seems to take offense to these products. They see them as what they are intended to be… an amazing gallery of work from some of the best true crime artists in the world.” Since the original true crime trading cards received so much negative publicity in the early 90’s, one is left to ask whether this lack of protest is a form of cultural acceptance for the taboo subject of serial killers or simply an overall indifference and desensitization to violence in our country. Regardless of the answer, it is clear that James Gilks, Kris Saunders and the art team of SerialKillerCalendar.com has no intention of slowing down.“We have many new products in store for later this year” says Mr. Gilks,“including a Serial Killer Board Game, poster line and even a Serial Killer Coloring Book! We are also discussing some big deals with international distribution chains so with any luck you’ll be seeing our merchandise in a store near you by next year.”

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