Ronnie Hyde Writes Letter; Thanks to Serial Killers Ink, the Laster Family is Upset
Ronnie Hyde recently wrote a letter to someone from jail and got into the hands of Serial Killers Ink; a known murderabilia merchandise store exclusive to the online community. Knowing the impacts that selling such a letter it could make, Serial Killers Ink went forward with a $66 sale that is leaving a bad taste in the mouth of the family of Fred Laster.
Sometime in April, Hyde penned a letter from the Duval County Jail to a crime memorabilia collector from Georgia. In the letter, he talks about getting plenty of rest and that he felt as though he was on a 'Sabbath Year'. He continues to talk about the bible, daydreaming about riding on a boat, and how he wanted to play guitar. Another topic he had also discussed was prison ministry. You also must keep in mind that because of Hyde' handwriting, the letter is hard to read.
Late last week, I corresponded with Eric from Serial Killers Ink about the letter. I asked him three easy questions: Without identifying the seller of the letter, why was the letter sold to Serial Killers Ink? Why did he think that the letter was worth $66? And what did he have to say to the Laster family, who are still grieving after Ron Hyde dismembered their relative?
With those questions, he was very quiet. He did not have the courage or gumption to answer the questions. He later responded after I sent a followup question by informing me that he would not answer the questions and that I knew better. My response to that was that the public deserved to know; but I respectfully ended the communication.
Following this, I spoke to Fred's brother about the letter and Eric's response. Before the communication with Eric, Fred's brother said that he and the family had considered legal action because of the fact that selling the letter had made the grieving process more difficult and that Serial Killers Ink had no right in profiting from others pain. After forwarding the emails between Eric and I, the brother had a name for Eric and his company: Asshole.
Right now, the Laster family is exploring options in this situation and that will be forthcoming in the near future. To prevent purchasing the letter from someone who enjoys profiting from murderabilia and acts like serial killing is a form of entertainment, you can read the letter here via the News4Jax article.
Ronnie Hyde Pleads Not Guilty; Returns to Court May 16th
Ronnie Hyde, the suspect in the 1994 homicide of Fred Laster, pled Not Guilty to the murder of Fred Laster as well as the twelve counts of Child Pornography charges based on what was discovered amongst the evidence found at Hyde's home. Judge Angela Cox of the Duval County Judicial Court oversaw the plea. Right now, Hyde is scheduled to make another court appearance on May 16th. Please continue to follow this website for up-to-the-minute updates on this case.
Jason Futch has been following the LCJD and developing updates since 2011 while a student at Florida Gateway College in Lake City, FL. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon as a motorcoach driver for Northwest Navigator Luxury Motorcoaches.