Travel Channel Host Just Bought Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s Volkswagen Van
Most people wouldn’t think of buying anything associated with someone nicknamed “Doctor Death.” Then again, paranormal investigator Zak Bagans isn’t “most people.” On Friday, the Travel Channel television star purchased a white 1968 Volkswagen van that had previously been owned by Dr. Jack Kevorkian—proponent of the physician-assisted suicide movement in the 1990s. The macabre van, which featured on an episode of truTV's Hardcore Pawn, was sold by Detroit’s American Jewelry and Loan pawn shop. According to owner Les Gold (pictured top), it had been sitting in storage for the better part of two years. RELATED: You Can Buy Ryan Gosling's Classic Ford from "Gangster Squad"
The Volkswagen engine no longer runs, the van’s interior has been heavily worn, and its exterior reveals substantial tin worm bite marks. Nevertheless, according to USA Today, Zak Bagans purchased the van—once referred to as Kevorkian’s “Deathmobile”—for $32,500, and the Ghost Adventures host says he plans to use it in a future paranormal project.
Dr. Kevorkian, who himself died in 2011 at the age of 83, was responsible for euthanizing an estimated 130 people in total. While that may be morbid in its own right, some of those physician-assisted suicides occurred in the back of this very van.
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Kevorkian reportedly sold the Volkswagen to a VW parts yard in 1997 for only $150. The van has since exchanged hands multiple times, sold in 2010 at an Indiana auction, before finally landing at American Jewelry and Loan in 2013.
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