Under the dramatically named “Slayer Rule,” murderers cannot inherit from their victims. This principle is so intuitive that it is easy to miss critical questions of implementation. One such question is: What if one cannot prove the murder with certainty? Should the Slayer Rule apply only to individuals convicted beyond a reasonable doubt of murder, or should some lower level of proof suffice? This essay examines those questions through an unlikely lens: the music of Taylor Swift.
Fredrick E. Vars, Murder and Money: The Dark Side of Taylor Swift, 72 Duke Law Journal Online 146 (2023)