Charles Manson portrait by John Wayne Gacy
“Murderabilia” is a term used to describe collectibles related to murders or murderers. During the 1990s, which seemed to be the “golden age” of public obsession with serial killers, a cottage industry formed around the sale of artworks created by infamous death-row killers—that is until May of 2001, when eBay banned the sale of such items, forcing the industry underground.
The most well-known serial killer artists were John Wayne Gacy, Richard Ramirez, Glen Edward Rogers, Henry Lee Lucas, and Ottis Toole. Though the argument could be made that Charles Manson is not technically a “serial killer,” he is nonetheless one of the most infamous criminals of our time, and murderabilia items related to Manson still fetch high dollars among collectors.
Perhaps playing to their audience, some serial killer artists have done portraits of Manson, proving there are no limits to bad taste.
Here we have a portrait of Manson painted by rapist and murderer of 33 boys and young men, John Wayne Gacy:
Next, we have this portrait of Manson drawn by convicted killer of 11 (though he has confessed to hundreds of unsolved murders), Henry Lee Lucas:
And here we have two portraits of Manson by Henry Lee Lucas’ companion and convicted murder of six, Ottis Toole:
And, finally, we have two portraits of Manson drawn by Manson himself: