Pressure from the father of a murdered 12-year old girl has forced America Online (AOL) to shut down two Web sites that carry the words of convicted serial killers.
The Web sites were run by Sondra London, who was engaged to Danny Rolling, a man awaiting execution on Florida?s death row for the murder of five college students in 1990. The sites carry extracts from writings and artwork by Rolling and another convicted killer, Keith Jesperson.
London defended maintaining the sites by arguing that it is important to post such material in order to gain an insight into the minds of serial killers. A section of one site contained a fictional ?self-start serial killer kit? written by Jesperson.
AOL decided to close down the site following pressure from victim's father Marc Klass, who was supported by Jim Geringer, state governor of Wyoming. Geringer called for a nationwide boycott of AOL for hosting such sites, which he described as "a direct pipeline for rantings and ravings and advocacy of serial killing".
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