Ward Weaver selling lurid art online

Ward Weaver selling lurid art online

Credit: Clackamas County/kgw.com

Ward Weaver, 2004

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by By Kgw.com and AP Staff

kgw.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 15 at 4:45 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Killer Ward Weaver is selling lurid art online from an Eastern Oregon prison. Some of the drawings feature women naked or nearly so, and go for $75 each. The asking price for his drawing of a rose bush is $18.99.

Weaver is one of the most reviled killers in Oregon history. He is serving two life sentences at the Eastern Oregon prison after pleading guilty in 2004 for the murders of Ashley Pond, 12, and Miranda Gaddis, 13. Pond's body was found under a concrete slab at his home and Gaddis in a bag in a storage shed.

A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says there are no laws in Oregon that prevent Weaver from selling art. The work appears on a web site that posts art created by convicted killers.

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Eight states have laws that prohibit prisoners from profiting from their notoriety.

A crime victims' advocate says there is demand for "murderabilia," which can include anything from hair samples of a serial killer to Weaver's drawings.

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