The mystery of murderous clown paintings discovered in the home of the West Midlands

Discovered in a dusty closet in a home in the West Midlands, a set of eerie oil paintings by ‘killer clown’ John Wayne Gacy could pick up thousands at auction. The American serial killer wrote the eerie work of art, which depicts a scary clown with a skull face, Jesus Christ and the Seven Dwarfs on the death row in the 90s.

The paintings were unveiled on a property in the West Midlands after the owners died – leaving an astonished son to make the discovery in his parents’ closet. The pieces, which are signed by Gacy, provide a frightening insight into the crooked mind of one of America’s most deadly serial killers.

Gacy, the inspiration for Stephen King’s horror hit ‘It’, sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered at least 33 boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago. His twisted crimes are currently the subject of a Netflix series ‘Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes’.

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It has been described by some viewers as one of the most disturbing documentaries ever made, while others said they were left “sick in the stomach” when they saw the show. Gacy was sentenced to death and killed by lethal injection in May 1994 after confessing to 33 murders.

He worked as an entertainer at children’s birthdays while dressed as ‘Pogo The Clown’, which led to him being christened ‘the killer clown’. He often promised victims alcohol and drugs to win their trust – but he would handcuff them before killing them at his home on West Summerdale Avenue.

A total of 29 bodies were discovered by police buried under his property, while other bodies were disposed of in the Des Plaines River as he ran out of room. Gacy began painting behind bars while awaiting execution, and in 1994, his lawyer auctioned off his artwork.

John Wayne Gacy 1978 mugshot
John Wayne Gacy 1978 mugshot

Some of it was bought and destroyed in a bonfire in which hundreds of people attended, including some family members of Gacy’s victims. Other paintings have created controversy by being exhibited in galleries across America, but it is said to be rare to find them in the UK.

The spooky artwork will now be sold by Mullock’s Auctioneers in Shropshire, where they are expected to bring in up to £ 4,950 at an online auction on Thursday. Ben Jones, a consultant at Mullock’s Auctioneers, said: “These special paintings all come from the same home.

“They were bought by the sellers’ parents many years ago and simply left in the house for decades.

When the parents passed away, they were found in the closet, with no further details or papers on where or when they were purchased.

“The seller had no idea his parents had them, so he was a little surprised when they came across them. He thought they might have been bought when his parents toured the United States. Gacy’s art can be found widespread in America, but it is rarely, to find his paintings here.

“I’ve seen a Snow White theme titled ‘Hi Ho’ before, but this winter scene is not something we’ve encountered before and could be quite unique. They’s quite fascinating, but are of course incredibly scary when he knows what this man did.

“We wish we knew a little more about their origins, but it’s a bit of a mystery how these paintings came to be here and ended up in a closet for so long. We’ve had previous paintings produced by serial killers who have sold that are companionship for such goods and they can often be desired. In many cases it is a different kind of investment as these goods can increase in value over time. “

The three paintings are titled ‘Christ’, Skull Clown ‘and’ Hi Ho in the Winter 92 ‘and are all signed by Gacy. The ‘Christ’ painting is estimated to fetch between £ 150 – £ 250, while the ‘Skull Clown’ is expected to earn between £ 500 – £ 700.

The snow-white-themed image, which is expected to bring in £ 4,000, featuring the seven dwarfs with a snow-covered background, comes with a handwritten note by Gacy. It reads: “Enjoy this painting as much as I enjoyed doing it for you, Sincerely, John W Gacy.”


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