Stephen Koschal commissioned his friend John Wayne Gacy to paint two boxing paintings (obviously before Gacy was executed in 1994 for the rape and murder of 33 boys and young men, age 14-21), then tricked Muhammad Ali, Jersey Joe Walcott, Ray Boom Boom Mancini, Aaron Pryor, Kid Gavilan, Floyd Patterson, and Beau Jack to sign the painting. An index card covered the “J W GACY” in the lower right corner so the boxer wouldn’t know he was signing a painting by a serial killer. (Notice that no boxer signed in the lower right margins of the painting: that's where the index card blocked out Gacy's name.) Koschal would personally bring the boxing painting to shows and pay to have the boxers sign.
He even mentions this in his description: “At different shows held in New York and Ft. Lauderdale, several boxers who were inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame have hand signed this painting.”
Steve Koschal is currently offering it for sale for $1,375.00 on his website at www.stephenkoschal.com/gacy_boxing.html
describing it as follows:
John Wayne Gacy, America's #1 Serial Killer,
Signed Original Oil Painting
RARE SPECIAL COMMISSIONED GACY PAINTING
GACY, John Wayne (1942-1994).America's #1 Serial Killer. Convicted of the rape and murder of 33 boys. Twenty-seven of which he buried in a crawl space under the floor of his home. Known for his statement of saying he was only guilty of running a cemetery without a license. His trial and execution was a media sensation.
His painting "Boxing Hall of Fame" measures 16 in. by 20 in. Gacy has painted the chest, arms and hands with boxing gloves of two fighter preparing to punch each other. Signed "J.W. Gacy" on the lower right edge of the painting. On the verso Gacy has written: "Boxing Hall of Fame, John W. Gacy, oil 1212." In addition he has written: "Enjoy these boxing gloves as much as I enjoyed doing it for you. Best wishes John W. Gacy."
At different shows held in New York and Ft. Lauderdale, several boxers who were inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame have hand signed this painting. Signed by Jersey Joe Walcott, Ray Boom Boom Mancini, Beau Jack, Floyd Patterson, Kid Gavilan, M(uhammad) Ali and Aaron Pryor. There is plenty of room for the new owner of this painting to have additional boxers sign.
On special commission, Gacy has painted only two of these paintings therefore this one can be considered rare. $1,375.00
From the Tru TV website http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/criminal_mind/psychology/serial_...:
“According to Steve Suo in The Oregonian, he amassed over $100,000 from his
artwork. (Suo reports that prison officials were going to take the money, but
decided against proceedings that might delay Gacy's execution date.) … His
subjects ranged from Elvis Presley to Pogo the Clown (the persona he’d used to
entertain children) to fellow killer Jeffrey Dahmer. In the controversial art
show [in West Palm Beach], reported the Associated Press, his painting of a
bird was offered for $195, while his depiction of a baseball game between
dwarves and the Chicago Cubs, autographed by baseball players, was going for
$9,500 … Gacy’s agent, Steve Koschal, had collected some two hundred of these
paintings as part of his three-year correspondence with the condemned killer.
It was he who suggested they offer the paintings for sale. It wasn't long
before he found a diverse market, ranging from celebrities to professionals to
home-makers. ‘There's a huge demand,’ he says.”
Gacy’s agent? Interesting.
Koschal suggested Gacy offer his paintings for sale? Very interesting.
One further note about the painting “of a baseball game between dwarves and the
Chicago Cubs, autographed by baseball players” for $9,500, I personally saw
Steve Koschal at a card show on Long Island with that painting. He showed me
all the signatures on it and then removed the index card revealing it was
painted by John Wayne Gacy. We used to be friends. That day he tricked a few
more Baseball Hall of Famers into signing Gacy’s work of art.