Jack Kevorkian's 'Death Bus' Goes to Auction via eBay
FERNDALE, Mich., April 23 -- VW parts expert Jack Finn is putting Jack Kevorkian's infamous "death bus" on the auction block. Kevorkian allegedly used the bus for assisting terminal patients in committing suicide. Finn, who sold VW parts to Kevorkian over several years, purchased the notorious Volkswagen van in 1997 prior to Kevorkian's incarceration. Finn has been storing the 1968 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon unused in a warehouse in what he describes as basically the same condition as when it was used by Kevorkian.
Whoever buys the bus will be investing in a piece of authenticated history including all its faults according to Finn.
The aging VW comes complete with the transfer of ownership title signed by Kevorkian. Like Kevorkian, his "death bus" has a police record having been impounded repeatedly by police as part of their suicide investigations.
"The bus is the real deal, not a romanticized copy such as what is used in the HBO movie, 'You Don't Know Jack'," says Finn. "The vehicle drove in under its own power but to use the bus on the road today would require bringing it up to current standards. Although the vehicle may actually move and stop under its own power, it's being sold as a collector's item, not a drivable bus."
Finn, a former automotive engineer who turned his frustration with his first Volkswagen Beetle into a career supplying hard-to-find parts via mail order for do-it-yourself VW owners, has decided it is time to clear out the warehouse and sell the infamous bus. The bus was listed Thursday, April 22 on eBay.com. To find the listing, Google "kevorkian death bus" or "jack death bus". The eBay link is http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280496980810&ssP ageName=STRK:MESELX:IT.
The vehicle has been offered to The Henry Ford and Smithsonian Museums as well as being posted on eBay.
According to Wikipedia, Kevorkian, who became known in the 1990s as "Doctor Death," advocated for terminal patients' right to die via physician-assisted suicide. Kevorkian claimed to have assisted in the deaths of at least 130 people. Between 1999 and 2007, Kevorkian served eight years of a 10-25 year prison sentence for second-degree murder.
Finn says that Kevorkian has not asked to visit the bus since his early release for good behavior.