Ron Goldman's crime scene pics were also sold ... we talk to his sister to get her perspective on this sick possibility.
Momlogic talked to Kim Goldman, Ron Goldman's sister and victim rights advocate, for her unique perspective. She recalls a day she will never forget: "It was years after the [O.J. Simpson] trial," she says. "I was doing a search for images of my brother on the Internet and I stumbled on the pictures."
The images she speaks of were the crime scene photos of her brother, stabbed multiple times -- his eyes wide open. "I was haunted for weeks," says Goldman with a shudder.
Last week, Judge Stickland, in an attempt to avert Caylee Anthony's autopsy photos from showing up publicly, ruled the images and X-rays will be put on a secure password-protected server. Prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick says they did this so the images wouldn't be "displayed on some magazine at the checkout at the Publix."
Goldman, now a mother of one, was spared looking at the autopsy photos of her brother during the trial of the century: "I've never seen autopsy pictures," she explains. "They turned the boards so just the jury could see them."
While it's difficult for some to understand who could stomach looking at a murder victim -- let alone the remains of sweet defenseless child -- sadly, such macabre imagery is big business. In fact, it's so popular it's even got it's own nickname: "murderbilia."
"It's not as farfetched as you might believe that her autopsy report and pictures eventually are going to be sold," says Andy Kahan, director of Houston Mayor's victims' crime office. "Unfortunately, this is probably just the beginning of the merchandising marketing of Caylee Anthony."
And if history repeats itself, then we only need look back to January 1997, when Lawrence Shawn Smith, a worker at the photo-processing lab for the coroner's office, along with a private investigator, sold stolen crime scene photos of JonBenet Ramsey to the supermarket tabloid The Globe.
An insider of the tabloid industry speaking to momlogic anonymously has no doubts that the autopsy pictures of Caylee will make it into the tabloids' hands eventually. But he says there is a "bad taste factor." "Many magazines or news stations would pass," he explains. As for the Internet, however, he says "anything goes."
Kim Goldman is torn on the dissemination of crime scene photos. "The politically correct opinion says they shouldn't be publicly re-victimizing the victim," she says. "The other side of me says, with my brother's murder, it's one thing if you've heard that someone's been stabbed. When you see it and see the brutality, it brings you to the forefront and reminds you how tragic and how vicious this world is. It humanizes it."
Ultimately, the Anthony family will probably eventually have to deal with Caylee's autopsy pictures showing up either in tabloids or on the Internet. Goldman doesn't think that will be easy for anyone close to Caylee to handle. "You're never prepared to see an image like that," Goldman concludes.
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