UPDATED 5/3/17, 8:30 a.m. ET:
Aaron Hernandez's “murder car” has been removed from eBay. According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the bidding for the Toyota 4Runner reached $100,000 before it was pulled:
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In a probably tasteless but otherwise not at all shocking move, a seller on eBay has put up for bid the 2006 Toyota 4Runner that Aaron Hernandez allegedly used when he committed a double murder in a drive-by shooting (although you should note that he was eventually found not guilty of that less than a week before he committed suicide).
“This is the REAL DEAL !!! Aaron Hernandez' infamous silver Toyota 4-runner,” the listing reads. “As seen in the New York Times, we're auctioning off this piece of Patriots football memorabilia.” Sounds like a great addition to the man cave.
Prosecutors, who referred to it as the “murder car” in their closing arguments, say that Hernandez was the gunman in the ride when he shot and killed both Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Currently, the SUV is the property of one Jack Fox, a Rhode Island car dealer who says he leased it to Hernandez back when he was a rising NFL star. He says that, in return, Hernandez signed memorabilia and tickets for him, and also that he did promotional events for the dealership.
Fox added that the two had a good working relationship. He says that Hernandez came in for regular car checks up until the summer of 2012 (a.k.a. the time of the double homicide), at which point the tight end refused to bring it back before making an offer to purchase it straight up.
After the shooting, prosecutors tried to locate a silver SUV with Rhode Island plates but were unable to find it. The case went cold until Hernandez's arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd. After the car was found in his uncle's garage, Hernandez was indicted for double murder. Hernandez reportedly leased a new car the day after the shootings took place.
Following the recently concluded trial for the crime(s), the car left the impound lot where it was being held, and was given back to Fox. After learning of the exorbitant prices that Hernandez gear was selling for, Fox and his friend Buddy Clair decided to list it on eBay. The car is said to feature unique history, black soot on the sunroof from fingerprint dusting, and anti-lock breaks.
The bidding began at $100 but (as you can see from the link) has risen quite a buttload since then. At last check before I submitted this, after 113 bids, the price was $100,805. You still have five days to put in your best offer. Oh, and also morbid collectors who tender the winning offer will be gifted with an additional signed Hernandez jersey.
Consult your accountant accordingly.
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