EBay removed the listing for an ultra-realistic mask of accused Aurora, Colo. shooter James Holmes. (Image source: Denver Westword)
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"'Soul penetrating eyes' and 'The Joker' orange hair makes this mask the most disturbing object you will ever own."
EBay has removed the listing for an ultra-realistic Halloween mask of accused Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooter James Holmes.
A seller identified only as "realface13" set an initial bid of $500 for the mask, complete with the orange-red hair Holmes had when he allegedly opened fire on a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in July. Twelve people were killed and 58 others injured in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
"SHOCK EVERYONE YOU KNOW!" the eBay listing said. "There is nothing more scary than crawling into James Holmes mind and wearing his face. His 'soul penetrating eyes' and 'The Joker' orange hair makes this mask the most disturbing object you will ever own."
The listing was removed Friday for not complying with eBay's policy barring offensive material.
“The listing was removed because it did not comply with our Offensive Materials policy. Out of respect for victims of violent crimes, eBay does not allow listings that attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering,” the company told ABC News.
Josh Nolan, a single father of two who was shot in the theater, told ABC he was outraged to hear about the mask.
"Are you kidding me?" he said. “That just took the cake right there. I’m too upset to think about it.”
There were no bids for the mask at the time the listing was deleted, according to ABC.
The full text of the listing, via the Denver Westword:
Halloween is only a month away. SHOCK EVERYONE YOU KNOW! He was referred to as "The Joker", "The Dark Knight Shooter," "The Ilama," "The Extraordinary Gifted" but his real name is JAMES HOLMES! There is nothing more scary than crawling into James Holmes mind and wearing his face. His "soul penetrating eyes" and "The Joker" orange hair makes this mask the most disturbing object you will ever own. Imagine owning the mask of supposedly the most dangerous mass murderer in US history. This is a high quality latex rubber mask which was custom designed for a private collector overseas. I won this mask playing high stakes poker tournament when I was in Europe. I guaranty you that this is the only mask in the world and it is practically priceless because it was used in the production of the most controversy documentary which will come out in 2013. This mask is sold as is and there are no returns. If you have 0 feedback and you are interested to bid on this item you have to contact me first. I will ship the mask immediately after I receive the payment. Good luck!
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