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Local collector says reopening of Kansas City serial killer's business is a hoax

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The owner of the photos, who did not want to be identified, reached out to KCTV5 and says whoever operated the Facebook page used the photos after a Google search. (Submitted) The owner of the photos, who did not want to be identified, reached out to KCTV5 and says whoever operated the Facebook page used the photos after a Google search. (Submitted)
The owner of the photos, who did not want to be identified, reached out to KCTV5 and says whoever operated the Facebook page used the photos after a Google search. (Submitted) The owner of the photos, who did not want to be identified, reached out to KCTV5 and says whoever operated the Facebook page used the photos after a Google search. (Submitted)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The social media post that announced the re-opening of Bob Berdella’s Westport business appears to be a hoax. 

Berdella, one of Kansas City’s notorious serial killers, operated Bob’s Bazaar Bizarre. 

Earlier this week, a Facebook post appeared that announced the re-opening. The Facebook page featured photos of memorabilia of Berdella and his crimes. 

The owner of the photos, who did not want to be identified, reached out to KCTV5 and says whoever operated the Facebook page used the photos after a Google search. 

Full statement from the owner of the photos: 

"I am the current owner of the items that were on featured on a Facebook page called Bob's Bazaar Bizarre. Today, the local news outlets reported this story and featured the stolen photos. This page is a hoax. The items that are pictured on the site are in my personal collection and none of the items are for sale and will not be for sale at any time in the near future. Unfortunately, the photos that were used are easily accessible through a simple Google image search of Berdella.  I would like to apologize to the family and friends of the victims for this senseless rehashing of the circumstances of the terrible events involving Bob Berdella and his crimes."

Meanwhile, the creator of the Facebook page also posted a new update on Thursday morning. 

Full post: 

"We've decided to cancel the event and not reopen. Due to the negative feedback and lies told about the media, we have been threatened and cursed, all for wanting to reopen the family business. Anyone notice how much time they spent talking about the man himself? THEY glorified him, not us. YOU guys brought this into the media. Not us. We politely, quietly tried to re-enter the community and were met by bullies. As soon as we figure out how to cancel this event, we will make the page a memory page about the store and sell online only and donate any profits to a charity of popular vote. We were not trying to make money, we have enough of that. Read the history and follow the chain. We were only trying to clear out our OTHER uncle’s backstock of items, some once owned by the other EVIL uncle himself. Please recommend to us a charity you would like proceeds to go to. Thank you and have a good day."

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