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2007 Serial Killer Calendar Calendar – April 1, 2006


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Spine-chilling images of some of the world's most notorious serial murderers -- Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy to name a few -- peer menacingly from the pages of the 2007 calendars produced by a Bangor businessman. What's more, the murderers' likenesses were painted by a killer himself -- Frenchman Nico Claux, who was known as "the Vampire of Paris" and was sentenced to 12 years for murder. "The first time I saw the images it stopped me dead in my tracks," said Kristopher Saunders, who heads a company called ThePurple Inc. "It gave me the chills." Saunders, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maine, came up with the idea of serial killer calendars, but decided to proceed with the venture only after carefully considering its potential to repel or offend people. "My feeling was that morally, there's nothing wrong with this. You don't see a victim, you don't see anything that's unusually offensive," said Saunders. "There's nothing here that re-relates to a terrible occurrence." Not that the images aren't creepy. Claux's paintings, acrylics in their original form, show head-and-shoulder images that were copied from police mugshots. Ted Bundy, who confessed to killing 28 young women and was suspected of slaying dozens more, stares frighteningly from February's leaf. The eyes of Richard Ramirez, the Los Angeles "Night Stalker" convicted of 13 murders, are mere slits above his smirking smile. Gacy, who tortured and killed dozens of young men, appears hauntingly in a bright red clown's outfit. Quotes from the killers on each entry are equally eerie. "I feel like an outsider," says "Son of Sam" David Berkowitz, who killed six and wounded seven in New York City in 1976-77. "I am on a different wavelength than everybody else -- programmed to kill." "I always seemed to enjoy everything that hurt. The desire to inflict pain, that is all that is uppermost," says Albert Fish, who's been called a model for the fictional Hannibal Lector in th --Why a serial killer calendar? I don t know. What I do know is that people (myself included) enjoy studying about these monsters among men, and a few of us wouldn t mind seeing Charles Manson on the wall a few days out of the year. On the calendar, anyhow. I don t know if I would really want him in my house for even a minute. I found this site because of my love for Nico Claux. Yeah, so he killed and ate a person or two, and he served some prison time. He can paint a great portrait, though, and he also signed over his soul to Satan, so that has to count for something! Currently he has worked to put his past crimes behind him and concentrate on his art.... Which revolves mostly around other serial killers. He does these great paintings with bold acrylics and they are somehow wicked and whimsical at the same time. Directly from the website: Nico Claux has become a world renowned painter of serial killer mug shots. His human predators collection is a classic among collectors of dark art. The paintings are a reflection on crime as a product of a society that is based on consumerism, where the killer has achieved the same media status as the movie star. This means that you get a calendar about killers inked by a killer. I realize this is not everyone s cup of tea, but all of us know at least one person who would think this is not too bad an idea. Each month you get to look at a new serial killer as rendered by Nico Claux. This year the calendar features the faces of high profile killers like Manson and Ramirez, and also some lesser knowns such as Richard Chase. Nico makes his appearance in December. --The grisly 2007 Serial Killer Calendar produced by a Maine business --taphophilia

Why a serial killer calendar? I don t know. What I do know is that people (myself included) enjoy studying about these monsters among men, and a few of us wouldn t mind seeing Charles Manson on the wall a few days out of the year. On the calendar, anyhow. I don t know if I would really want him in my house for even a minute. I found this site because of my love for Nico Claux. Yeah, so he killed and ate a person or two, and he served some prison time. He can paint a great portrait, though, and he also signed over his soul to Satan, so that has to count for something! Currently he has worked to put his past crimes behind him and concentrate on his art.... Which revolves mostly around other serial killers. He does these great paintings with bold acrylics and they are somehow wicked and whimsical at the same time. Directly from the website: Nico Claux has become a world renowned painter of serial killer mug shots. His human predators collection is a classic among collectors of dark art. The paintings are a reflection on crime as a product of a society that is based on consumerism, where the killer has achieved the same media status as the movie star. This means that you get a calendar about killers inked by a killer. I realize this is not everyone s cup of tea, but all of us know at least one person who would think this is not too bad an idea. Each month you get to look at a new serial killer as rendered by Nico Claux. This year the calendar features the faces of high profile killers like Manson and Ramirez, and also some lesser knowns such as Richard Chase. Nico makes his appearance in December. --http://www0.epinions.com/content_233552121476?linkin_id=8003929

The grisly 2007 Serial Killer Calendar produced by a Maine businessman depicts some of the world's most notorious murderers painted by "the vampire of Paris," Frenchman Nico Claux who himself served 7 years for murder. "A lot of people are titillated by serial killers," said Lana Wachniak, a sociology professor and associate dean of Kennesaw State University in Georgia. "I call them serialphiles.' Some people want insight into that kind of depravity. Others get a kind of vicarious thrill. And others see it almost as a kind of talisman, a way to keep violence away," she said. The artwork of America's most notorious killers -- ranging from pencil drawings by Charles Manson to a painting by executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy -- fetch hefty sums from collectors of so-called "murderabilia." "It simulates in all of us a simple version of the dark side," said Kristopher T. Saunders, Purple's chief executive. --http://www.taphophilia.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3390

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James Gilks, designer of the 2007 Serial Killer Calendar is the head of MadHatterDesign.net and Kris Saunders is a Phi Beta Kappa of the University of Maine at Orono.

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