On a rainy night of February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman shot dead 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Over a year later, on July 13, 2013, a Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty. Zimmerman walked right into the public spotlight, and in fact seemed to sparkle in it like he was some beautiful 300-year-old vampire. Instead of slinking back into obscurity after that not guilty verdict, Zimmerman went and had himself an impromptu photo shoot at a Florida Kel-Tec factory, yes, the Kel-Tec that makes guns, got pulled over for speeding in Texas, allegedly threatened his estranged wife and father-in-law with a gun, and capped it off with allegedly aiming a shot gun at his girlfriend.
And then in 2013, the man really and truly profited from his notoriety when his “original” painting sold off for a jaw-dropping $100,099. Remember this is a man only famous for shooting an unarmed teenager. It wasn’t even a nice painting, granted I’ve never been an overzealous art enthusiast. Art critics called Zimmerman’s paintings “primitive” and “appalling.” We guess for as long as there’s some rich psychopath, there will always be a market for “murderabilia.” Rich people are crazy alright.
They’ve spent comical amounts on paintings by Charles Mason and John Wayne Gacy, and on things such as Marilyn Monroe’s medical records. That is probably why Zimmerman saw it fit to auction the Kel-Tec 9 mm pistol he used to “defend” himself on that fateful night, killing Martin. He called the gun “an American icon,” saying a portion of the proceeds would go to help fight Black Lives Matter “violence against law enforcement officers.” No word on whether the gun comes with whatever was left of George Zimmerman’s soul.
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