IL IL - Serial killer's art draws collectors ~ the works of John Wayne Gacy

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  1. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    Hi-ho. Hi-ho. My, but life on Death Row is slow.

    The Seven Dwarfs seem a weird subject for a notorious serial killer turned amateur artist named John Wayne Gacy, who knocked out thousands of paintings during his 14-year rest stop on Illinois' Death Row.

    Just as odd is a clown's skull, the head of Jesus, famous Hollywood monsters and beautiful birds. Then there's a self-portrait in the clown get-up Gacy wore for children's parties, kindly eyes twinkling from behind garish makeup.

    Steve Koschal has a simple theory about the art. "Gacy didn't paint because he loved to paint. He found out how to make a lot of money," said Koschal, who began corresponding with Gacy in 1990, four years before the killer's execution for the sadistic murders of 33 young men, most buried in the crawlspace of his home in a Chicago suburb.

    Koschal bought about 200 of Gacy's paintings, and 19 of them are on exhibit at the AAA Antiques Mall in West Palm Beach through June. Prices range from $195 for an acrylic painting of a bird, to $9,500 for an oil called Dwarf's Baseball, a rather amusing depiction of Disneylike dwarfs playing the killer's beloved Chicago Cubs.

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/news/special_reports/c1f_gacy_0605.html
     
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  3. vicktor

    vicktor New Member

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    He painted several clown pictures. That is grotesque.

    He also painted the portrait of the 5 year old son of one of his appeals laywers. The child's expression was kind of loving and wholesome, much as a man might describe a young ingenue. That is scary.
     
  4. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    Clowns scare the crap out of me as a rule.. OMG to serial killer clowns!!!
     
  5. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    A Malden man’s guilty pleasure of investing in murderabilia has come back to haunt him thanks to a “cursed” clown painting by serial killer John Wayne Gacy, which the collector claims turned his life into a three-ring circus.

    “I just want to get rid of it,” said musician Nikki Stone about the late Gacy’s signed self-portrait of his terrifying alter ego, “Pogo the Clown.”

    Since he plunked down $3,000 in 2001 to buy the framed oil from national murderabilia merchant Arthur Rosenblatt, Stone said his beloved dog has died and his mother found out she had cancer. http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=113042
     
  6. Norma

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    They should push the Johnny Depp weirded out angle more, and maybe these things won't have such a big appeal in the future.
     
  7. Linda7NJ

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    So when is he going to list it on e-bay?:loser:
     
  8. shadowraiths

    shadowraiths LISK Liaison, Verified Forensic Psychology Special Staff Member Moderator

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    May 12, 2011 11:22 AM PDT
    Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - John Wayne Gacy was an infamous serial killer who turned to painting in prison. Now his work will be sold to help victims of crime, but some people find the idea appalling.

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    The 74 pieces, in what's left of the full collection, could sell anywhere from $1,600 a piece to $15,000. Myles says all of it will be divided among charities. In fact, a painting of notorious bank robber, John Dillinger, is being donated to the mayor and his mob museum.

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    But the National Center for Victims of Crime says they don't want any money earned from Gacy's work. While Mulford's CAC hasn't decided yet if they do.

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    The National Center for Victims of Crime sent Action News a statement where they told us they've sent a cease and desist letter to the Arts Factory to quit using their name in any association with this event.
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