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THESE IMAGES OF SAVAGE CRIMINALS SHOW THE BEAUTY IN EVIL

Evil can be beautiful, as illustrated by these drawings of outlaws by Canadian artist Sean Lewis. In these intricate and colorful drawings, the subjects range from genuine monsters to the simply badass.

ANDREA YATES

Suffering from postpartum depression and dementia, Yates lived for a time in a small trailer with her five children and husband. They were devoutly religious and “would seek to have as many babies as nature allowed.” The pressure of their growing family proved too much for Andrea and, after multiple failed suicide attempts, she drowned her five children in their tub.

PHIL SPECTOR

A famous music producer throughout the 1960s, ‘70s, and '80s, Spector is most famous for his recording technique called the “wall of sound.” Suffering from intense bouts of paranoia, he was known for violent mood swings and famously pulled a gun on The Ramones. Spector later shot and killed his girlfriend and appeared in many courtrooms with an assortment of ridiculous wigs.

AILEEN WUORNOS

Born into an unstable home, Aileen was abandoned by her mother as a child and raised for a time by her grandparents. From an early age, she became sexually active with multiple partners and at 15 was thrown out of her grandparents’ house. She lived in the woods and supported herself through prostitution. She later hitchhiked to Florida, and it was there that she murdered seven men, who she claimed had sexually assaulted her while she was working as a prostitute.

UNABOMBER (TED KACZYNSKI)

Considered a mathematical child prodigy, Ted Kaczynski attended Harvard at the age of 16. After completing his PhD and a short time spent as a professor, Ted moved to a remote cabin where he attempted to become self-sufficient. It was from here that he started a mail bombing spree that spanned more than 20 years. Spurred by the destruction of the wilderness around his home, he used bombings to attract attention to his cause. He sent a letter to authorities claiming to stop the bombings if the Times or Washington Post printed his manifesto. It was through this letter that he was eventually apprehended.-

ED GEIN

Raised and sheltered by his religious-fanatic mother, he was teased for his effeminate demeanor. Ed went on to dig up the bodies of women at the local graveyard and later murdered two women. When the police raided his home, they discovered one of the most horrific crime scenes any have witnessed, with skin stretched over furniture, skull bowls, a body suit stitched from skin and many other body parts used in disgusting ways. He was the influence for many horror movies such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, and Buffalo Bill’s character in Silence of the Lambs.–

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Academic research: rejection fuels creativity

A new study from Johns Hopkins and Cornell explores the connection between rejection and creativity and could provide perspective for companies looking to hire creative people.

“I’ve read article after article about how organizations want creative people. But it appears to me that all companies want candidates from the same schools, with the same background, and the same experiences.” 

[Pauls] Toutonghi wrote both books in the first person. And yet, he considers this less than a complete success: ‘I was reading Dickens,’ he wrote in a recent essay for Salon, 'who kept himself away from the page…and I can’t help wondering if anything is lost in the frank disclosures of our modern, first-person, memoir-driven fiction.’

This is perhaps the greatest hang-up of the modern novelist — that fiction is somehow unsophisticated or inherently cliché if it is rooted in the writer’s own life, and that writers should be creative enough to invent entirely new worlds and find drama only in the unfamiliar.
—  In Defense of Autobiography by Jennifer Miller