While in prison, serial killer and rapist John Wayne Gacy took up painting. He was actually pretty good at it, focusing mainly on self portraits — with and without his notorious clown costume. One painting stands out as particularly creepy — a skull, adorned by a clown collar, made of naked bodies in sexual positions.
A news photographer has published a captivating collection of photos showing historic crimes and accidents in their current New York City environs.
Crimelibrary.com takes a look at the world’s most sensational art thefts. From the Gardner heist, where 13 paintings were savagely cut out of their frames to the multiple robberies of the Van Gogh Museum, what we find surprising is how frequently art crimes go unsolved.
If you’ve never had a loved one incarcerated, you may not know about the special background images that most prisons have on a wall for inmates to pose with family members. These images often depict a forest, skyline or sunset view and allow prisoners to pose with their kids or family so that they can have “normal” family photos. Artist Alyse Emdur traveled the country documenting these walls.
Artist Anji Marth, who has painted a series of striking serial killer portraits, spoke to Crime Library about her work, her favorite true crime stories and why she’s fascinated by the dangerous and depraved.
Corinne May Botz is a New York City artist who has photographed a collection of miniature crime scenes used to train police detectives. They’re haunting and awesome.
Whether created out of boredom, greed, or for purposes of therapy, violent offenders find a ready market for their drawings, paintings, poetry and songs.
Stolen Matisse recovered and returned to New York gallery. Though the thief and the entire heist was caught by surveillance cameras, there is currently no suspect in the investigation.