eBay pulls auction for Dr. Kevorkian death van, says violated policy against selling ‘murderabilia’

April 27th, 2010 by

http://www.examiner.com – eBay pulls auction for Dr. Kevorkian death van, says violated policy against selling ‘murderabilia’

Online auction powerhouse eBay pulled a listing Monday for a van used by Dr. Jack Kevorkian to perform assisted suicides. The Web site noted that eBay has a policy against selling anything that is considered “murderabilia.”

The 1968 Volkswagen van was put listed for auction last week by Jack Finn, a retired used auto parts dealer. The top bid reached $3,400 by Monday at noon, however, the ad was taken down by eBay only an hour later.

The auction site told the Associated Press it “does not allow the sale of items closely associated with notorious murderers within the last 100 years… We carefully consider all the details before deciding to remove such listings when they’re brought to our attention, looking at the entire posting to determine if eBay policy has been violated.”

eBay also sent Finn an email that read “The listing was removed because it violated the eBay Murderabilia policy.”

Forbes reports that Kevorkian, nicknamed “Dr. Death,” used the van to perform several assisted suicides in the 1990s. Finn purchased the van in 1997 and has since retired from the used auto parts industry. He put the van up for sale to clear out his warehouse.

The van had remained idle for some time and was not drivable. Finn wrote in his listing, “We are telling you that this bus is absolutely not safe to drive… All safety systems on the vehicle would have to be completely overhauled. Although the vehicle may actually move and stop under its own power, it’s not being sold as a drivable bus.”

Kevorkian, 81, served eight years behind bars after being convicted of murder for assisting a Michigan man suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease commit suicide. He was released in 2007 and claims to have helped around 130 people die.

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