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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009
    Upstate NY

    OK - 'Mad Artist' of McAlester's prison murals restored

    Interesting read from Daily Oklahoman:

    Murals of the “Mad Artist” of McAlester finally being restored
    For more than half a century, four murals painted by a murder convict at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary hung in the prison’s
    rotunda. After decades of deterioration, and several more of being stored in a shed, those murals are finally being restored.

    The state was still known as Oklahoma Territory when the stone mason turned butcher put his wife’s body through his meat grinders in an attempt to hide her body from authorities, so the story goes. The German-born son of nobles was shunned by his family for marrying a common woman, and tensions were said to have started early in the marriage, although reportedly due to religious differences.
    Exactly why he chose to kill her and sell her remains to his customers is still unclear. He seemed to rarely speak at length, offering little insight.
    Little was known of the quiet German other than his horrific crime, but perhaps a Kansas Department of Corrections document offered prison staff in Oklahoma one clue as to what was to come: an inmate count sheet, upon which one line read: “Conrad Maass, occupation: portrait painter.”
    much more at the link

    From the Oklahoman, 1982:

    Early Day Inmate a Real Con Artist

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    East Tennessee
    Very interesting story. I lived in Tulsa for a lot of my life and never recall hearing about this.
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  3. #3
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    May 2009
    La Luna
    Sooooo I interesting...
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