The Angel of Death is back — well, sort of.
Genene Jones, the notorious baby-killing nurse, who was convicted of one murder, but suspected of killing as many as 47 infants is set to be released from prison in 2018.
“Of all the serial killers in history, I don't think there's any worse than Genene Jones,” said Andy Kahan, a victim advocate for the city of Houston and serial killer expert.
He continued saying, “Keep in mind who her victims were: helpless infants. Couldn't scream for help. Couldn't run for help. Trusted in her care, and just a horrific awful death.”
But this week, True Crime Auctions, a website that deals in Murderabilia, which are personal items and collectables from serial killers, put up a hand-written Christmas card from Jones for sale. It’s noteworthy because Jones has remained quiet since she was put behind bars in 1984.
The Christmas card and an invoice for her prison trust fund are the only two known items from Jones that have gone up for sale- both of them happening recently.
The return address on the Christmas card is for Jones’ jail cell, but the receiver of the card’s name and address has been redacted.
Kahan is suspicious of the situation and believes that she is either behind it is being duped by whoever sold the item to the website.
“It's a violation of prison that you can`t operate a business without their permission Jones does not have their permission," Kahan said.
If she is profiting off her infamy from behind bars, Jones could get a few years added to her sentence, but if she`s released as scheduled, she`ll be the first accused serial killer in Texas history to go back to the outside world.
Creepy right? Murderabilia collectors want anything from letters, nail and hair clippings, crime scene relics, even uneaten snacks, but who in their right mind would want to collect that stuff?
Lawyer Douglass, the co-owner of The Wilde Collection thinks he has the answer.
“People have a dark side that they either embrace or are afraid of. I can see people gathering murderabilia because they now have a trophy of someone they connect with or have empathy towards," Douglass said.
He continued on, comparing the collection of Killer’s items to hunters collecting trophies,“People like to attach themselves to something in horrific that happened in history. It’s almost as if they are collecting trophies of a killer.”
“Let’s say someone sees a lion that has killed a villager in Africa. That lion becomes more desirable. You almost feel like you’re on top of that lion because you’re owning something that killed so many people.”
No matter the reason people want to connect with killers — it's highly upsetting for those who knew the victims
Kahan, who’s been studying and investigating on these sorts of things for around two decades still feels disturbed by the process.
“It is absolutely the most nauseating and disgusting feeling in the world- To find out the person who killed your loved ones now has items being hawked by third parties for pure profit. It`s like being gutted all over again by our criminal justice system."