Written by Patti Pauley
Serial Killer art has been long sought after from both collectors and the curious all over the world. From the art of John Wayne Gacy to letters and sketches from the still breathing Charles Manson, these convicted criminals that have been happy to oblige the public of interest with paintings, letters, and so forth if one were to ask. Because as we all know, there’s nothing that pleases these tainted minds more than being the center of attention.
The online store and website of Serial Killers Ink have made it easy for those looking to own a piece of twisted history while providing a portion of the profits of sales to the convicted murderers helping his suppliers receive some sort of income. In a statement made to News.AU, the owner of the successful online business, Eric Holler, a true crime collector of macabre, insists that the pieces of art are in fact a part of modern American history and that if he’s making money off them, it’s only right to give a piece to the imprisoned felons providing them:
“I’m not shy to say I help these guys. They don’t have any money, and if they can help me make money, then it’s only right to give some back.”
Whether you agree with Holler’s intentions or not, I think it may be fair to say the public interest in serial killers and the stories, media, and trials behind them are only human nature as we as a collective species are a very curious bunch of hairless apes. And some take it a step further with wanting to own objects of art from these twisted minds that could only be dubbed as ‘abby-normal‘.
The true crime collectible company not only offers LEGIT artwork and letters from some of the most notorious criminals on the planet but offers addresses to the convicts in the case you yourself were interested in becoming a pen pal. And while again, some of you may not agree with any of this, horror icons such as Chucky and Freddy drawn by serial killers in prison, or a Hollywood Monsters painting by John Wayne Gacy is fascinating to say the least given the subject matter. Real monsters depicting fictional monsters on paper. Extraordinary.
At the time of this article, here’s what is currently on the sale on the site as far as “Hollywood Slasher Art”.
Robert John Bardo is serving life imprisonment without parole after being convicted in October 1991 for the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer on July 18, 1989, whom he had stalked for several years beforehand.
John Wayne Gacy, Jr. was an American serial killer and rapist, also known as the Killer Clown, who was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of a minimum of 33 teenage boys and young men in a series of killings committed between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois.
All of Gacy’s known murders were committed inside his Norwood Park home; his victims would typically be lured to this address by force or deception and all but one victim was murdered by either asphyxiation or strangulation with a tourniquet (his first victim was stabbed to death). Gacy buried 26 of his victims in the crawl space of his home; three further victims were buried elsewhere on his property, while the bodies of his last four known victims were discarded in the Des Plaines River.
Roderick Ferrell was the leader of a cult from Murray, Kentucky, known as the “Vampire Clan”. In 1998, Ferrell pled guilty to the double slaying of a couple from Eustis, Florida, becoming the youngest person in the United States on Death Row. Originally sentenced to death, Ferrell’s penalty has since been reduced to life without parole. Ferrell convinced his followers that he was a 500-year-old vampire named Vesago.