Pawn Shop Sells Jack Kevorkian’s Assisted Suicide Van That He Used to Kill People

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Aug 31, 2015   |   7:17PM   |   Washington, DC

In 2011, assisted suicide proponent Jack Kevorkian died after battling pneumonia and suffering from kidney problems. As LifeNews previously reported, Kevorkian was 83-years-old when he passed away but reignited the so-called “right-to-die” debate in the United States when he used a homemade suicide device to kill 130 people.

The Daily Mail reports that Kevorkian “helped” people kill themselves in the back of his old Volkswagen, as well as in their homes. He also served an eight-year prison sentence for killing a man with Lou Gehrig’s disease on national television.

Now Kevorkian’s van has been sold for over $30,000 to paranormal investigator Zak Bagans. The van was called the “deathmobile” and sold by Les Gold, the owner of the pawnshop American Jewelry and Loan. Gold said the following about the van: “(Bagans) inquired about the van yesterday, and we made a deal late last night, and he submitted payment this afternoon. It’s one of those items that I was happy to say that I owned for a brief period of time. It was part of my collection, and now someone can say the same.” Apparently, Bagans plans to use the van for some “unspecified” paranormal project.

Renowned author, lawyer, and bioethicist, Wesley J. Smith, said the following after Kevorkian’s death in 2011: “Kevorkian was a disturbed man who, I fear, understood his society–and the media–all too well.  And that may be his legacy. He perceived how far some will bend to rationalize even the most egregious wrongdoing or advocacy if the excuse is relieving suffering. Time will tell if he was also a prophet of a dark utilitarian society to come.”

Smith added, “…He never limited his killing practice to people with terminal illnesses. About 70% were disabled. Five of Kevorkian’s patients were not sick upon autopsy.” Unbelievably, in a 2010 interview with CNN, Kevorkian said he had no regrets about killing more than 100 people in assisted suicides. He explained, “Let me tell you something […] you want to know how I really feel, what makes me tick? I have no regrets, none whatsoever.”

Here’s more on Kevorkian’s van:

Kevorkian died naturally in a hospital near Detroit in 2011 after battling pneumonia and heart problems. He was released from prison in 2007 after serving eight years for a second-degree murder conviction after assisting in the 1998 death of a 52-year-old Michigan man with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

His parole came under the condition that he would not offer suicide advice to any other person.


The doctor, who was also a talented jazz musician, became an outspoken advocate for assisted suicide, and had long fought for it to be legalised.

He rose to infamy in the 1990s with his homemade ‘suicide machines’, which he drove to patients in a rusting VW van. He inserted a needle into the patient’s arm, then they pressed a lever to release the fatal chemicals.

The first assisted suicide he made public was in 1990, when Janet Adkins, 54, became the first person to use the machine at her home in Portland.

He was charged four times with murder, but three juries acquitted him and then a third case collapsed in a mistrial.

He once said: ‘Somebody has to do something for suffering humanity. I put myself in my patients’ place. This is something I would want.’

In 1998 he taped himself injecting Thomas Youk, who had Lou Gehrig’s disease, with lethal chemicals. The tape was then broadcast on CBS’s 60 Minutes, and led to his conviction. In an interview recorded from prison, he later admitted he regretted his actions ‘a little’. He said: ‘It was disappointing because what I did turned out to be in vain. ‘And my only regret was not having done it through the legal system, through legislation, possibly.’