Take a look at the painting on the right.
Put on your art-dealer cap and do a quick valuation of it. It’s not a very good painting; even with a B+ in Art History, I can tell you that the perspective is bad, the proportions are off, and frankly, it looks childish.
The artist painted several paintings of this clown subject and, the cheapest you will find it for is just shy of $3,000. It’s called “Pogo the Clown” and is based on a clown character that the artist himself created and portrayed at fundraising events, children’s parties, and to entertain patients at children’s hospitals. The artist of this work, the man behind the make-up/canvas, so to speak, was also responsible for murdering thirty-three (33) people between 1972 and 1978.
Yes, John Wayne Gacy was Pogo the Clown.
Much of Gacy’s artwork is available on the internet and, since his execution by lethal injection in 1994, the prices have continued to climb as the work of any other painter of notoriety might. Moreover, “available on the internet” does not mean that it’s available on a shady deep web site. You can Google Gacy+artwork or simply go to serialkillersink.net where “Pogo the Clown” sells for $2,750.00 but is currently sold out. Not to worry, you can find similar work done by equally well-known artists including Robert Bardo, the man who stalked and killed actress Rebecca Shaeffer in 1989, he specializes in pencil drawings of Hollywood actresses. David Bullock, who murdered six people with a .38 caliber handgun has several pencil drawings of ghouls and monsters for sale on the site. Alfred Gaynor, who raped and strangled nine women in Massachusetts, has for sale a handful of color pencil drawings depicting skulls and monsters.
If you’re not an art person, you can also purchase handwritten letters, a hand-written postcard by someone like Charles Manson, or even a bible once owned by Carroll Cole who was responsible for murdering at least sixteen women.
Like it or not, there is a market for this type of memorabilia. The culture surrounding not only the pursuit and sale of serial killer memorabilia but the art (music, paintings, books, and comic books) and, yes, tourism of it is the subject of John Borowski’s documentary, Serial Killer Culture.
Review authored by Matt Forster