April belongs to serial sex killer John Wayne Gacy, convicted of killing 33 young men and boys, while May is for Jeffrey Dahmer, who ate 17 men. June features Satanic worshiper and murderer Richard Ramirez.
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.
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.”
Still, the idea that murderers can profit from their marquee status offends many people.
“This is a horrible, disturbing calendar,” said Christine Ward, executive director of the California-based Doris Tate Crime Victims Bureau. The group was founded by the late mother of Sharon Tate, who was murdered by Charles Manson. Manson is featured on the calendar’s January page.
“The last thing you want is somebody making a profit off the person who murdered your loved one,” she said.
Next up, Saunders said, are a 2008 Serial Killer Calendar and a line of posters in 2007, featuring not just serial killers but Claux portraits of the notorious — from John Dillinger to Jesse James and the fictional Hannibal Lecter.