Art & Crime
John Wayne Gacy aka “The Killer Clown”. Named as such for his voluntary community service as a clown to entertain hospitalized children, but chillingly more so for raping, torturing, and murdering at least 33 boys and young men in Cook County, Illinois during the 1970’s. He buried 27 of them in the crawlspace of his home. He was caught, convicted, and finally executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994. During his 14 years on death row he began painting mostly clowns. Some were of his own clown persona “Pogo”. He was allowed to earn money from the sale of his paintings which fetched anywhere from $200 to $20,000 each. It’s common knowledge that the death of an artist will increase the “value” of their pieces. Are these pieces actually appreciated and traded as art? Or just a morbid piece of the mind of a psychopathic killer? “You know…clowns can get away with murder.” ~ John Wayne Gacy speaking to surveillance detectives.