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I'm Sorry to Break It to You, But You Can't Buy Dr. Jack Kevorkian's Death Van on eBay Anymore

Dr. Jack KevorkianThere are a few disappointed eBay consumers this week after the vehicle they were trying to buy was pulled from auction on Monday. Apparently, if you own one of the vans in which Dr. Jack Kevorkian performed any of his claimed minimum of 130 illegal assisted suicides and try to sell it on eBay, eBay has a policy against the sale of "murderabilia" and will de-list your auction.

Damn. And I so always wanted a death van.

The 1968 Volkswagon van that was once owned by "Dr. Death" was put up for sale on eBay last week by Jack Finn, a retired used auto parts dealer. Its bids topped out at $3400 before the item was pulled.


An e-mail sent from eBay to the Associated Press states that it "...does not allow the sale of items closely associated with notorious murderers within the last 100 years." Being that the van in question was used in the 1990 poisoning of an Alzheimer's patient that publicized Dr. Kevorkian's efforts to legalize assisted suicide, the van would not be eligible for sale on eBay until 2090.

According to his friend and lawyer, Mayer Morganroth, Dr. Kevorkian, 82, believed that the van had been destroyed for scrap after he gave it to an auto shop in 1997 and has never received a dime for the sale of said "murderabilia". This is no serious loss, though, because the van is worth very little anyway. It is reportedly water-damaged and has been idle for many years. Finn says:

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.

Never fear, though! You can still own the death van in question! Kruse Auctions, based out of Auburn in Indiana, will have it up for auction between May 13th and 16th. Just think, your license plate could read DTH VAN or DTH SXY or some other really edgy thing, and you'd be the coolest of all your non-death-van-owning friends. Hey, and if you put a futon in the back, I bet you could score with all the ladies.

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Schmutzie doesn't know why she went there.

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Jen O.

That is one fine looking vee-hicle. Give it a fresh coat of paint and a pair of fuzzy dice and no one would ever guess it was a Death Van.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

Who wants to go with me to Indiana in May? YEE-HAW!

*shoots stuff*

Jen O.

Only if we can take my new van. I've got a surprise for you in the back!

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