No matter what anyone says, it’s not weird to be interested in the sordid lives of the bogeymen that crisscrossed North America on serial killing sprees. What they did was atrocious and unforgivable, but there’s something about delving into the psyche of a madman that's intrinsically fascinating. Serial killer art is one way to peer into the brains of real-life monsters you grow up hearing about.
As it turns out, there are more serial killers who painted than those who didn't or don’t make art in anyway. It’s as if they’re compelled to produce content, whether it be by painting a picture of a friendly clown or by murdering a series of young men. Put on some Iron Maiden and take a look at these paintings done by serial killers.
It’s entirely possible serial killers who made art were just trying to get attention in any way they could, because they’d become addicted to the fame of being a villain, and what’s more villainous than being an artist? Think about it, serial killers and painters are incredibly similar. They stay up late, they’re demanding of their subjects, and most of them are very particular about the style in which they work.
If you ever get a chance to own any art by serial killers, take a hard pass on the paintings on this list, unless you’re actively trying to die alone.
Serial Killer Deets: The details of John Wayne Gacy's case are enough to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. He molested, raped, and murdered young men and boys, then buried him in his basement. Some of them were employees of his, who he had dig grave-sized holes in his house, before killing them and burying them in the holes they dug.
After Gacy was convicted of killing 33 young men, he started painting self portraits of the character he played at birthday parties, Pogo the Clown. So, yeah, also, John Wayne Gacy was an actual clown.
Art Score: The colors on Gacy's paintings are straight out of a '70s Coca Cola commercial, and the subtle angles on Pogo's face hint at the danger in his eyes. Final score, 10 out of 10 Bad Dreamssee more on John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer Deets: Richard Ramirez, aka The Night Stalker aka The Screen Door Intruder was a self-professed Satanist and home invader who raped, thieved, and murdered men and women, some as young as 9, others as old as 79. His weapons included a machete, a hammer, a tire iron, and various knives.
Art Score: Ramirez's simple lines give away the fact that details were never an important part of his work. And this piece, a drawing of Abigail Breslin, is confounding in all the right ways. Final score, 15 Question Marks out of 17.see more on Richard Ramirez
Serial Killer Deets: For a while, Glen Edward Rogers, The Casanova Killer, was on the top of the FBI's ten most wanted list, which is a victory in and of itself. Rogers had a short history as a serial killer (he was only proven to kill five people), but at one point he claimed to have murdered more than 70 people. He later recanted his statement and said that he was kidding. LOL.
Art Score: While Rogers's work looks like a reject from a cholo art festival, slipping in a portrait of Pogo the Clown shows he has a playful side. Final score, 4 out of 15 Flaming Jester Masks.
Serial Killer Deets: For Henry Lee Lucas, it was about quantity, not quality, and his body count tops out well over 150 victims across the Southeast. Maybe? Even after Lucas' death from heart failure, people are debating whether or not he could have murdered hundreds of people while drifting across the United States. At one point, his self-professed murder toll was 600. Um, what? How?
Art Score: In turning to art, Henry Lee Lucas conjured images of... well, really horrifying sh*t, unsurprisingly. Final score, 10 out of 10 Nosferatus.see more on Henry Lee Lucas