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8 Infamous Killers Who Were Also Brilliant Artists

// June 11th, 2014 // No Comments » // Links, News, Press, Serial Killer

8 Infamous Killers Who Were Also Brilliant Artists
by Kristen Duvall – June 10, 2014

     “Murderabilia” is defined as collectibles related to murders, murderers, or other violent crimes. And despite the obviously morbid nature of the industry, it’s a booming business. Some prized “murderabilia” might include crime scene photos, or perhaps something owned by a famous serial killer. But sometimes, these items can be a bit more creative. That’s because many famous killers had other hobbies besides murdering people, and in some of these cases, their hobbies were of the artistic variety.

      Artists often have the reputation of being ‘tortured’, an idea that suggests they’re beleaguered by the pressures of their creative spirit. But what if an artist externalised that pain in more than just their work? The artists we’re discussing here were not just tortured; they were responsible for the torture of countless others.

      Some of the art work produced by these killers was actually pretty good. But don’t take our word for it; see for yourself, as we present you the impressive art work created by 8 infamous killers…

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#4 …Charles Ng

      Charles Ng and his partner-in-crime Leonard Lake are believed to have been responsible for 11-25 deaths that involved the torture and rape of their victims that included women, men, and even babies. They even videotaped some of their brutal exploits, creating snuff films of their crimes. Lake killed himself with cyanide when arrested, but Ng is was sentenced to death. He currently sits on death row at San Quentin State Prison in California.

       While in prison, Ng has taken a correspondence course in art, and murder memorabilia site, Dark Vomit, has auctioned off several of his origami butterflies…

More at:
http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/most-shocking/8-infamous-killers-who-were-also-brilliant-artists/5/

“How sick do you have to be to buy something like this?” – New York Daily News

// June 2nd, 2014 // No Comments » // Links, News, Press, Serial Killer

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           “A peculiar item recently came up for sale on a website that caters to people who collect things created, owned, or even just touched by murderers. It was a pair of plain white panties, with the name Dana Sue Gray and a number, W76776, scrawled at the crotch. The asking price was $250.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/justice-story-dana-sue-gray-article-1.1810400

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http://www.darkvomit.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=333

www.DarkVomit.com

What’s Christmas without a card from a convicted killer? ( Joliet Patch – Illinois )

// March 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // Links, News, Press, Serial Killer

Not on Joliet Mass Murderer Milton Johnson’s Xmas Card List?
Buy His Holiday Greeting on ‘Dark Vomit’

http://www.darkvomit.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=785miltonjohnsonjoliet

       “If your holiday felt less-than-happy without a greeting card card from Milton Johnson—the man convicted of the Pottery Shop Massacre in Joliet and of killing an Emden man as he slept in a car parked on Interstate 55, you can buy one now through the murder memorabilia website Dark Vomit…”

http://joliet.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/not-on-joliet-mass-murderer-milton-johnsons-xmas-card-list-buy-his-holiday-greeting-on-dark-vomit

Yellow Journalism of Bryan Denson – good pal to Andy Kahan.

// January 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // News, Press, Serial Killer

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       Recently a slew of articles about the subject of “murderabilia” were published by Bryan Denson of the Oregonian. 

       Some of these articles, include victims rights advocate, Andy Kahan’s ”top 6 picks” of the “murderabilia” industry —  “Top 6 Ghastly ‘murderabilia’ items cited by victims advocate Andy Kahan” 

      Besides the new information described within the new bill introduced in Congress… — the articles are no different than the thousands of other articles written on the subject matter.

      It should also be no surprise that the writer of the articles is also an old friend of Andy Kahan’s.

–via Andy Kahan’s facebook page.

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        …what is even more insulting. Is that Bryan Denson claims to be a “champion of the first amendment”.

On his moral high ground, he explains,

         “The Oregonian doesn’t profit from telling you about these sales any more than it would while keeping you informed that JFK was assassinated, man walked on the moon, and the stock market fell 300 points last Friday.”

…bullshit.

Bryan Denson of the Oregonian is a Yellow Journalist.  

“U.S. senators push for ‘murderabilia’ law as Oregon prison officials review inmate memento sales” – The Oregonian

// January 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // Links, Press, Serial Killer

By Bryan Denson – The Oregonian – January 24, 2014

     A bill moving through the U.S. Senate would punish infamous murderers such as Oregon’s Christian Longo, Kip Kinkel and Keith Jesperson if they knowingly profit from the sale of their letters, artwork or other memorabilia.

Cornyn’s bill, introduced with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., would not punish the thriving industry…

     …The bill also does not target people outside prisons who sell letters they receive from the likes of Randy Woodfield, a former Portland State University football star known as the “I-5 Killer.”

The Stop the Sale of Murderabilia Act of 2013, introduced last September, marks the third attempt by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to pass a law that imposes additional years in prison on violent prisoners who sell their mementos.

The Texas senator’s attempts to pass such a law in 2007 and 2010 died in committee. But he and Klobuchar’s efforts to downsize the murderabilia trade gained traction recently, when a letter by Fort Hood mass killer Nidal Hasan recently sold on one of the sites…

http://www.darkvomit.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=642

Full article at: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/us_senators_push_for_murderabi.html

S.1549 – Stop the Sale of Murderabilia Act of 2013

// January 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // News, Press, Serial Killer

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES – September 25 (legislative day, September 24), 2013

     Mr. Cornyn (for himself and Ms. Klobuchar) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary…   http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/senate-bill/1549/text

Collector’s Spotlight! ( private art collection )

// December 29th, 2013 // No Comments » // Awards & Features


         “Bettie Page Study” (watercolor on board) by the great legendary pinup artist - Olivia De Berardinis www.eolivia.com on display next to my painting of Lala #07!    

 …Holy shit!    – I am so proud.    :)

Meet the Man Selling an Alleged Hickory St. Nightmare Killer’s Jailhouse Letters – New Lenox Patch

// December 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Interviews, Links, Press, Serial Killer

( Interview with Joseph Hosey – Editor – Patch )      

        “…We got a chance to send San Diego artist—and merchant of murder memorabilia—Kelly “Dark Vomit” Hutchison some questions. And Hutchison took the time to send us back some answers.

        Hutchison’s the one selling letters penned by Bethany McKee of Joliet’s own Nightmare on Hickory Street murders…”

 

MORE AT:

http://newlenox.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/meet-the-man-selling-an-alleged-hickory-st-nightmare-killers-jailhouse-letters 

Alleged Hickory Street Nightmare Killer’s Letters For Sale on Website – Patch Media ( Joliet, IL )

// December 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // News, Press, Serial Killer

http://www.darkvomit.com/index.php?searchStr=mckee&act=viewCat

       If you’re still Christmas shopping, three letters supposedly penned by alleged Nightmare on Hickory Street killer Bethany McKee can be yours for less than $50.

       The website Dark Vomit’s True Crime, a “macabre and outsider art gallery” of “serial killer and true crime collectibles,” has the letters for sale in two separate listings…

        According to police reports obtained exclusively by Patch, Massaro and McKee lured Rankins and Glover to Massaro’s home on Hickory Street in Joliet, where Miner and Landerman choked the two men to death. After the killings, Massaro and Miner had sex atop the dead men’s bodies, the reports said. The four then concocted a plan to dismember the corpses of their victims and began procuring supplies, including a blowtorch, to carry out the plan, the reports said. Miner reportedly intended to keep the dead men’s teeth as trophies.

MORE AT:

http://frankfort.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/alleged-hickory-street-nightmare-killers-letters-for-sale-on-website-frankfort

Interview with Army Times – Military Times

// October 23rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Links, News, Press, Serial Killer

Oct. 1, 2013 – Staff Writer Joe Gould

Army Times – Transcript Q & A

How did you obtain the letter, and from whom did you obtain it?

I was contacted by a college student, who is studying within the field of criminology. I made a trade with some of my own artwork to obtain the letter.

Who did you sell it to, how much did they pay and when did it happen?

I am not at liberty to disclose the identity of the purchaser.
I spoke with the individual who purchased it and they have asked me to keep their information confidential. The original asking price I was asking was $5,000. I was offered $2,000 and I 
took the offer. — I sold it roughly a week ago.

What do you think motivates people to purchase or collect items dubbed “murderabilia” by critics?

That is a difficult question to answer. I have met various collectors who are interested in “murderabilia” for many different reasons. Personaly, my own interests began with the study of abnormal psychology and mental illness. I find it to be an endless quest to comprehend and understand why some individuals commit the crimes that they do. There is a lot of information within many letters that I have, that one simply cannot obtain anywhere else… unless they write to the individual themselves.

What is your response to critics who say that you are indirectly profiting from murder?

I am in no more profiting from murder than the media hasn’t already. My store was not setup to glorify murder, but rather, to study it. I pull reference from past news articles that have already been written with much of my content. The more notorious the media makes out the criminal to be, the higher the value of their item later becomes.

Where are the profits for the Hasan letter going?

For the record. Absolutely none of the profits went to Nidal Hasan from the sale of the letter. I have never had any correspondence with him personally. The college student who wrote to him, only recieved one letter in reply. There was no arrangements of payment for the letter from Hasan, of any kind. The profits were donated to a charitable organization that assists veterans.

 full article at: http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20131001/NEWS/310010017/