CRIME
05/13/2014 11:07 am ET Updated May 13, 2014

What Do You Get When You Cross A Cat With A Serial Killer?

Sarah Hamilton

These serial killers are real pussies.

Texas painter Sarah Hamilton recently took her love of cats and her fascination with serial killers and merged them into series of paintings she refers to as "Serial Catter."

"I love cats and I have always been interested in serial killers and the notion that cats are like serial killers -- how they manipulate their prey and different things," 33-year-old Hamilton told The Huffington Post.

Hamilton's paintings depict felines in the likes of such criminals as Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and Dennis Rader.

  • Sarah Hamilton's Artwork
    Sarah Hamilton
    The "Serial Catter" paintings were on display last week at Finders Fayre art and antique shop in Beaumont, Texas, where all but four sold. Hamilton said reaction to the paintings was, for the most part, positive.
  • John Wayne Gacy
    Sarah Hamilton
    John Wayne Gacy, also known as the "killer clown" because of his penchant to dress up as "Pogo the Clown" at fundraising events, was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of 33 young men between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago. Gacy was executed at Stateville Correctional Center in May 1994.
  • Ted Bundy
    Sarah Hamilton
    Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy confessed to committing 30 homicides, in seven states, between 1974 and 1978. He received three death sentences in Florida and died in the electric chair on Jan. 24, 1989.
  • Feline-y Murder
    Sarah Hamilton
    "There are tons of serial killers [to pick from] but there has to be something recognizable for the cats to take on the personality of the person," Hamilton explained. "[For instance], I chose John Wayne Gacy because he was known as a clown and I chose Ted Bundy because he always wore a turtleneck. People who know about them, identify them with those things."
  • The 'Zodiac' Killer
    Sarah Hamilton
    The "Zodiac" was a serial killer who operated in northern California in the 1960s and 1970s and is believed responsible for committing at least five homicides. The killer gave himself the name "Zodiac" in a series of taunting letters he sent to the media, some of which included cryptograms. His identity remains unknown.
  • Dennis Rader
    Sarah Hamilton
    Dennis Lynn Rader was convicted of killing 10 people in Sedgwick County, Kansas, between 1974 and 1991. Prior to his 2005 arrest, Rader sent several taunting letters to the media, in which he called himself the BTK killer, which he said stands for "Bind, Torture, Kill." He is serving 10 consecutive life sentences at El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas.
  • Sarah Hamilton
    Sarah Hamilton
    "I'm not trying to glorify the killers," Hamilton said. " I just love cats and am interested in darker subject matter. People that don’t like cats don't get it anyway."
  • Ed Gein
    Sarah Hamilton
    Edward Theodore "Ed" Gein was a grave robber and murderer in Plainfield, Wisconsin, who confessed to killing two women –- one in December 1954 and another in November 1957. He was tried in 1968 for one of the murders and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Because Gein was known to fashion keepsakes from the bone and skin of his victims, he has been cited as the inspiration for several horror movies, including "Psycho" and "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." Lung cancer ultimately took Gein's life in 1984. He was 77 years old.
  • Jeffrey Dahmer
    Sarah Hamilton
    Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer of Milwaukee raped, murdered and dismembered more than a dozen men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Some of his crimes involved necrophilia and cannibalism. In 1992, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Dahmer was beaten to death in November 1994 by a fellow inmate.
  • Meowdurers On The Prowl
    Sarah Hamilton
    Hamilton is the proud owner of seven cats and one dog. She plans to make additional cat paintings, which will soon be available on her website.

    "This is sort of the tip of the iceberg ," she said. Although, in the same breath, she added, "I don't want to just paint cats. There's got to be something deeper beneath the surface –- something more psychological or interesting than just painting cats."

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