Individuals participating in the auction are most likely fans of Mr. Capote, history buffs, or have too much money. Any spark of interest could motivate participation. However, I disagree that this auction should actually be taking place. The signed novel can be ethically auctioned, but should benefit the Nye's, the owners of the novel. When Mrs. Nye threw out the novel, she likely had little knowledge of its worth and was possibly old enough to not have a clear mental state. Other objects that are not the claimed property of the state of Kansas should be treated in a similar fashion. However, I think that individuals should operate with more compassion due to the seriousness of the crime being documented. I think that the KBI should be able to confiscate the documents and distribute them as they see fit, keeping sensitive information and passing the rest on to the Nye family. Situations such as the Clutter murders, no matter how long ago they happened, should be approached as ethically as possible.
I completely agree with Luke, some people have too much money and not enough courtesy to stay out of other people's business. And when you put it that way about him throwing it out, it does make sense about Nye not getting the proceeds. I guess one man's junk is another man's treasure.
Could not agree more. I actually googled some of the pictures and think that it is a disgrace anybody sees the family through retrospect rather than respect.
The auction itself is an outrage! These were private documents that should have never been shone in the eye of the public let alone the photographys! The two sisters are still alive, if you consider 70 still alive. I would not participate in the auction even if i were a fan of the book. Because really, what would i do with old case files of a guresome murder? I believe the proceeds should go to the family of Herald Nye or the surviving Clutters.
I like your comment on the lack of practicality these purchases would entail. However, I hope that seventy is considered alive. In 52 years, I do not think I will be done living.
To be honest, I take that comment back. My grandma just turned 70 this year and she still acts like she is 40!
People would participate in this auction for the "value" of the item. Fans of Capote would be all over this. They value his work, so this would be the ultimate way to show their love. Fans love originals. In a way, I think the surviving children would want this. Not as a reminder, but as a way to prevent it from getting into the hands of the public. This can help them keep the respect their family needs and deserves. Detectives might want them too. They can take a closer look at the case and it may help them on a future case. Shrinks might want it to get into the mind of the killers. Depending on the type of person, they'll find the information useful in different ways. After all, this is information no one is aware about. Psychopaths might find it interesting, because they may look up to the murderers. As scary as it sounds, they have heroes too. People also participate, not only for new information, but for money. They know that they can get a lot of money out of it. Money drives a lot of people. This is why it is being auctioned in the first place. I think that the proceeds should go to no one. This should not be auctioned in the first place. It is disrespectful to the victims of the case. The family wouldn't want the money, because they don't want it to even be sold. If anyone gets the money, that just shows that gruesome pictures are still not a boundary for greedy people.
I agree with you. The items could be of value to different people for many different reasons. I also agree that the auction should not have occurred. I think that the family has already been through enough, they shouldn't have to worry about their personal information being sold for profit.
I am so glad that someone is on the same page as me. I would be angry if something like that happened to me. No price can ever be good enough to get a hold of gruesome family pictures. They need to be put away or something.
At the same time the ones who obtained the fragile material could use those things to terrorize the family! I feel like this kind of material should be kept in the right hands, not just people who have money. Before given their motive should also be questioned by the right people (the family). I put myself in the family's position, and can't help but feel sympathy.
I am very surprised that people would actually participate in this auction. It is disrespectful to the family, living and dead, and the people in law enforcement that created the documents. I think most of the information found should be return to either the state or the surviving family. I am also surprised that many items remained for auction after they were requested to be returned. I think people would participate in the auction mainly for money. Some people really will do anything for money. If they had to have the auction, I guess the proceeds should go to the family. It definitely shouldn't go to the people who auctioned it off without permission. The auction is completely disrespectful to everyone involved with the murders.
It is very disrespectful to auction off photographs and documents from a murder of an innocent family. In reality the photographs should have went back to the state, or released to the public so anyone can access them. Now, I know I am about to google images about a murder, and photographs will show up. But I am not a sick person that would want to loo at stuff like that. It makes me wonder what type of people are buying these documents.
This whole situation is just so bizarre. I don't really understand why someone who is not connected to the family would want to own those pictures, or even look at them. I'm with you, Brit!
I completely agree Britt. That's such an interesting point you bring up about google images. So disturbing but nevertheless true
The utter stupidity of this auction astounds me. More action should have been done (legally) with this auction. This is an invasion of privacy! To think that more was not done also just makes me mad as to how wealthy people get away with so much. *Shaking my head*
The idea of this auction is sick! In my opinion it is disrespectful to the family to put those documents up for auction. Releasing the gruesome photos from the crime scene is especially wrong. These were real people who lost their lives in an absolutely appalling way. If these items were released to the public it could make the surviving relatives have to relive the nightmare of the murders.
The family is already traumatized and for them to know that it can be released is terrifying. Once it's out, it's out. There is no guarantee that the people who get it will be respectful. I would hate to have that happen to me. It is being auctioned like it's some type of artwork! LM doesn't think so!
I agree with you, nobody should have any right to show anyone or put up any gruesome photos of murders. It is wrong and immoral. Nobody wants to relive the nightmare over and over again.
It sickens me to think of people getting some kind of joy from owning something like that. I do not care how big of a fan of the book they are, it is wrong!!
People who participated in the auction were people who were fans of Capote. It is just like baseball fans paying a ton of money for a baseball card. The items being auction did not have any actual monetary value, it has value based in the demand of the items by the Capote fans. I think the money raised by the auction should go into a fund to honor the Clutter family that was killed. If it went to the Clutter's who are still alive, then they would become greedy. They would focus on money and not family.
I can relate to your simile. Gaga auctioned some of the clothes she's worn over the years and I wanted to own them so badly. The clothes have the value of a diamond. She breathed, spoke, and ate in them. I knew that the money would be worth it, because it would all go to her Born This Way Foundation charity, an anti-bullying and self empowerment organization. It'd be horrific if the remaining family members became greedy. a complete tragedy. They would kick them to the curb for the extraordinary pay they can get out of it. You seem to have a good place to send the money to/
All of Gaga's clothes are worth that much value because you are willing to pay that money for her clothing. I, on the other hand would not pay money for Gaga's clothes. At least all of the money she raises goes to a good cause. I would hope the money raised from those horrific auctions will go to a good cause like Gaga's.
The only people that would really be interested in the auction are fans of Capote, but it absolutely sickening for people to auction anything in this auction off, it is completely disrespectful.
After reading this I couldn't help but to think, who are the real Capote "fans". After this auction was made the fans couldn't be specifically chosen. But of course the ones with money and no thought of others were granted such fragile material. It's really sad!
I am just speechless after reading this! I cannot help but to imagine the humiliation of the sisters and Mr.Nye. Having such personal information handed out easily to some rich, nosy, disrespectful man or woman is outrageous. The documents should be be given back to the family. This auction is completely unnecessary due to its disrespect. All the proceedings should go to Herald, and the 2 sisters victimized in this ridiculous auction. I couldn't help but to keep shaking my head after reading this.
This article is definitely disturbing and I just feel terrible for the family. It's so disrespectful towards any family to put those kinds of documents up for auction and it just really makes me question some people in our society that they'd even be interested in those photos anyway
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