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FC: Boston Globe warns of online knife sales, provides links
From: Declan McCullagh <declan () well com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 23:57:13 -0500

[Buying knives online is now something to be regulated? Sheesh. Kids can just buy them at the local Army-Navy store; I know I did. --Declan]


Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 21:52:13 -0500
To: declan () well com
From: Duncan Frissell <frissell () panix com>
Subject: Boston Globe Sells Knives


The Boston Globe article on the suspects in the Dartmouth killings buying a knife over the nets, helpfully provides the urls of a number of online knife sellers. Just in case anyone needs a blade.



Few limits on who buys knives online

By Anand Vaishnav, Globe Staff, 2/20/2001

The message from www.sharpknives.com is clear: Only people 18 years and older can buy knives from the Web site. Not all knives are legal everywhere. And an adult's signature is required on shipments.

But a few keystrokes away is www.bladez.com, where a buyer can order hundreds of knives with just a credit card number and no age or geographic verification.

The largely unregulated world of online knife sales was thrown into the spotlight yesterday when prosecutors said that either Robert Tulloch, 17, or James Parker, 16, bought a military-style knife on the Internet - and allegedly used it in the slaying of two Dartmouth College professors.

The two teenagers were arrested yesterday morning in Indiana, where they were allegedly trying to hitch a ride west.

Dennis McClure, the sheriff for Chelsea, Vt., the youths' hometown, told the Associated Press yesterday that the two youths became suspects because one bought a military-style knife on the Internet.

It is believed that investigators were able to trace the manufacturer of the knife from a sheath left at the crime scene and that they obtained from the company a list of knife purchases made over the Internet.


James Melvin of www.1stdirectknife.com said he does not sell to anyone under 18 at knife shows or conventions. But on the Internet, buyers' true ages are a mystery.


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