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Nebraska Supreme Court to rule on publication of serial killer’s artwork

By Bill Kelly, NET News

June 11th, 2015

1983 coverage of the Joubert murder in the Omaha World Herald.

1983 coverage of the Joubert murder in the Omaha World Herald.


Lincoln, NE – Drawings done by executed serial killer John Joubert in the 1980s remain out of public view while the Nebraska Supreme Court decides if the artwork should be released to an author updating his account of the notorious murder case.

Joubert told onetime Omaha television reporter Mark Pettit about the sketches during a series of death row interviews. At least two drawings purportedly depict Joubert’s violent fantasies against young boys.

Pettit, who hopes to update his book “A Need to Kill” with information about the drawings, has been denied access by the Nebraska Department of Corrections (NDCS). He claims the work is “significant from a

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Nebraska Supreme Court to rule on publication of serial killer’s artwork

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June 11th, 2015

 

1983 coverage of the Joubert murder in the Omaha World Herald.

1983 coverage of the Joubert murder in the Omaha World Herald.


 

Lincoln, NE – Drawings done by executed serial killer John Joubert in the 1980s remain out of public view while the Nebraska Supreme Court decides if the artwork should be released to an author updating his account of the notorious murder case.

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Joubert told onetime Omaha television reporter Mark Pettit about the sketches during a series of death row interviews. At least two drawings purportedly depict Joubert’s violent fantasies against young boys.

Pettit, who hopes to update his book “A Need to Kill” with information about the drawings, has been denied access by the Nebraska Department of Corrections (NDCS).

Read more at: http://www.kvnonews.com/2015/06/nebraska-supreme-court-to-rule-on-publication-of-serial-killers-artwork/

Murderabilia: When Does a Fascination With Crime Go Too Far?

Objects collected by murderabilia fans can vary from cars and houses to letters from killers like Charles Manson. Pictured, police escort Manson in 1999.

(AP)

John Schwenk’s computer room at home is covered in a quilt-like pattern of serial killer artwork. Some drawings depict ghoulish skulls, others portray nature and animals.

Schwenk, 46, cares deeply about the quality of the artwork he has been collecting during the past eight years.

“Every [artist] has a different style,” he says. “The art is an expression of the person and who they really are … It amazes me that so many of these people have a real art talent and could have made something of themselves if they hadn’t committed the crimes they did.”

Schwenk is among what experts estimate to be thousands of collectors of “murderabilia,” or items linked to crimes and criminals.

Read more at: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/12/18/murderabilia-when-does-a-fascination-with-crime-go-too-far

Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Death

JD Healy and Cathee Shultz with their pet iguana

The madness of Halloween is here, and across L.A. mazes and haunted houses are screaming for your dollar. For JD Healy and Cathee Shultz, though, it’s just another day at the office.

The couple’s Museum of Death, located just off the main tourist drag at Hollywood and Gower, regularly has customers fainting over what they see — though Healy is quick to point out that it’s for a different reason than most gore-heavy attractions: “We’re not about horror; we’re about death. If I wanted to scare people, believe me, I could, but that’s not our main goal. We’re holding a mirror up to society, and we want to educate people about death — for you to scare yourself.”

Initially located in San Diego, the museum grew unexpectedly out of Healy’s conceptual project about breakfast cereal, and how consumerism manipulates

Read more at: http://www.laweekly.com/arts/behind-the-scenes-at-the-museum-of-death-4178991

The Museum of Death

The Museum of Death, a showcase of just that, was originally founded in San Diego in 1995. In 2000, proprietor James Healy moved the museum to its current location in Los Angeles, and expanded to what is now the largest collection of serial murderer artwork, photos of the Manson crime scenes, original photos from the Dahlia Murders, and other such relics of the violent, fatal and macabre.

Other exhibits in the museum include the guillotined, severed head of Henri Landru, a body bag and coffin collection, full size replicas of execution devices, mortician and autopsy instruments (and pictures and video of such in use), taxidermy showcases, the Heaven’s Gate Cult recruiting video and more.

If you’ve managed to read this far, then the Museum of Death just might be a must-see destination for your inner-ghoul. The museum is a self-guided tour that lasts about an hour, but, of course, you’re welcome to

Read more at: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-museum-of-death

Serial killer Anthony Sowell’s artwork back on ‘murderabilia’ website

anthony sowell.jpgAnthony Sowell

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A drawing showing 11 tombstones and credited to Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell is for sale again — after disappearing from a website that peddles so-called “murderabilia.”

A letter posted along with the pencil drawing on serialkillersink.net states that the condemned inmate will continue sending artwork to the website, but contends he does not profit from sales.

“Frist [sic] let me say that I give out artwork to you and others all the time,” the letter states. “I’m not breaking any laws and I will keep on sending out letters, artwork, and photo’s [sic]. I’m not being paid for them, they have nothing to do with my case and what ever people do with them is up to them.”

The letter, addressed to Serial Killers Ink owner

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/11/serial_killer_anthony_sowells.html

Hair of the Night Stalker

Commerce in evil isn’t anything new, of course. Much to the consternation of law enforcement and victims’ families, the trade in serial killer artwork, tchotchkes, locks of hair, and even nail clippings has been a quietly stable business for years. Prior to his 1994 execution, brisk sales of his notorious clown paintings earned John Wayne Gacy, who sexually tortured and murdered at least 33 young men before burying most of them in the crawlspace of his home, a six-figure jail-cell salary. Over at Supernaught.com (an emporium of “True Crime Collectibles and Memorabilia”), a brief handwritten note from Ted Bundy to another inmate asking for fruit pies from the prison cafeteria can be yours for a mere $3,900, an X-ray of Charles Manson’s spine can be had for $8,500, a strand of hair from “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez is on sale for the bargain price of $150, and early-20th-century

Read more at: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2011/12/murderabilia_and_the_market_in_true_crime_collectibles_.html

The Business of ‘Murderabilia’: Websites Selling Murder Memorabilia

Have you ever wanted to own a lock of Charles Manson’s hair? Or a painting by John Wayne Gacy?

Probably not, but for those who have, there are six websites in the United States currently selling “murderabilia,” or murder memorabilia, from almost any killer imaginable.

The starting bid on Manson’s hair is $2,500, and the starting bid for a Gacy of an owl is $1,300 on
MurderAuction.com.

In addition to top-sellers like Manson and Gacy, buyers can purchase items from infamous killers like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and Richard Ramirez.

The objects range from personal items such as letters, artwork, and clothing to manufactured items such as action figures, trading cards and comic books.

But the controversial business of selling murder memorabilia does not sit well with many people, including Andy Kahan, a victim advocate for the city of Houston who has been the leader of efforts to ban these

Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/US/business-murderabilia-websites-selling-murder-memorabilia/story?id=14896607

Children’s charities outraged after artwork by serial killer Myra Hindley is displayed in museum

A ceramic plant pot made by serial killer Myra Hindley has been put on display at a museum.

The porcelain pig with a wasp balancing on its nose was decorated with gold paint while Hindley was serving her life sentence in Durham Prison after being convicted of killing five children in the Moors Murders with Ian Brady.

Simply named China Pig, it was placed behind a glass cabinet four years ago and since seen by 70,000 people who were unaware of the identity of the artist.

On show: A ceramic pig made by serial killer Myra Hindley while in prison is  part of the display at the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham

Curators at the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham decided not  to reveal that Hindley was the artist as it might ‘sensationalise’ the exhibition that includes other prisoners’ artwork.

The plaque

Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1195749/Childrens-charities-outraged-artwork-serial-killer-Myra-Hindley-displayed-museum.html