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These Images of Savage Criminals Show The Beauty In Evil

An artist’s series of killer portraits.

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Evil can be beautiful, as illustrated by these drawings of outlaws by Canadian artist Sean Lewis. In these intricate and colorful drawings, Lewis depicts some of history’s bad apples (the subjects range from genuine monsters to the simply badass). There’s John Torrio, a prominent New York mobster and rumrunner; Ed Gein, whose religious-zealot mother turned him into a woman-hacking murderer; George Gordon, the first grand master of the Klu Klux Klan; and Andrea Yates, who drowned her children in a bathtub.

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We’re not sure the images provide any further insight into these characters, but they’re fascinating–as are the subjects’ stories. Look and read in the slide show above.

About the author

Jennifer Miller is the author of The Year of the Gadfly (Harcourt, 2012) and Inheriting The Holy Land (Ballantine, 2005). She's a regular contributor to Co.Create.

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