Michael Alig, that cunning club kid upon whom the titular monster in Party Monster is based, is selling some of his things on eBay, starting with his prison ID (look how it’s got “this is a copy” all over it in case someone wanted to pass as an inmate).
This item was brought to our attention by someone who writes: “I was under the impression that ‘convicted persons’ could not profit from their crimes so wouldn’t a PRISON ID represent this? I was kinda appalled when I read the post on the Michael Alig Pro Boards that he was going to begin auctioning off his personal items on E-Bay…. HE NEVER seizes to amaze me.”
It’s commonly thought that criminals are not permitted to profit from their crimes. But we turn this post over to Tom Wolf, who has thoughts on this: “He seems to be referring to the Son of Sam law in NY, which was ruled unconstitutional in 1991 on first amendment grounds. BUT, even if the law was still allowed, it would not prohibit the sale of items like this. Instead, it was limited to published accounts of the crimes, ie books.”