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weapon: other

Weapon: Other

Unusual murder weapons. Innocent objects with real, nasty stories.

Installation view solo show, Arti Gallery Amsterdam, October 2016

Assemblage of 30 paintings, 260 x 55 inches (660 x 140 cm), 2016.

WEAPON: OTHER, unusual murder weapons. Solo show at Arti Gallery, Amsterdam, Oct 2016.

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night and day

>> on view at SummerShow Nieuw Dakota & Francis Boeske Projects, July 2-30, 2017 <<

Night & Day Walk Hand in Hand
Hexad with Unusual Murder Weapons 'Beantown Recipe' and 'Ghost Ship' and the Assoiates 'Capitalistic Reality 2', 'SAMO is Dead', 'Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'Spaghetti'. Because love and hate, life and death, black and white don't exist without each other.

Oil, acrylic, threads and 22 kt gold leaf on canvas, 47 x 41 inches (120 x 105 cm), 2017

ghost ship

Ghost Ship
On December 2, 2016, at 11:20 p.m. a fire broke out in a warehouse, known as Ghost Ship, that had been converted into an artist collective called Satya Yuga, in Oakland, California. The warehouse was hosting a concert featuring artists from the house music record label 100% Silk. Around 50 people were present in the building and a total of 36 people were killed in the fire, the deadliest in the history of Oakland. The Alameda County District Attorney's office launched an investigation. It is not known what caused the fire, an initial report said that it was started by a refrigerator. 

Oil on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2017, for rent / for sale at CBK Zuidoost

beantown recipe

Beantown Recipe

On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs detonated 12 seconds and 210 yards (190 m) apart at 2:49 p.m., near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring several hundred others, including 16 who lost limbs. One bomb, a pressure cooker filled with screws and nails, was carried in a black backpack and left near the finish line. The suspects, Kyrgyz-American brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev killed an MIT policeman, kidnapped a man in his car, and had a shootout with the police in nearby Watertown. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot several times, and his brother ran him over while escaping in the stolen car; Tamerlan died soon after.
An unprecedented manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ensued, with thousands of law enforcement officers searching a 20-block area of Watertown; a Watertown resident discovered Dzhokhar hiding in a boat in his backyard. He was shot by police while still in the boat and then arrested. Dzhokhar and his brother were motivated by extremist Islamist beliefs and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they learned to build explosive devices from an online magazine of the al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen. On April 8, 2015, he was convicted of 30 charges, including use of a weapon of mass destruction. He was sentenced to death.

Oil and threads on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2017


SAMO is dead

coffee time

Coffee Time

A 46-year-old woman from Noordenveld, Netherlands, poisoned her 50-year-old ex-husband from Steenbergen, by putting a pesticide in his Senseo coffee machine. He was rushed to a hospital in Groningen where he didn’t die.

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2017

2-slice karbowski

2-Slice Karbowski

Mariela Quinonez Karbowski (29) is accused of beating her estranged husband, Terry Karbowski (63) to death with a two-slice toaster when he came to her Victoria home on a visit from Houston. Then she drove his body, the toaster and a gun through Houston to Liberty County where she threw all three in a rain-swollen Trinity River a short distance from a bar owned by Karbowski and run by the man's son in the town of Liberty.

Oil on dish towel, 12 x 14 inches (30 x 35 cm), 2016



Sandra Weir (41), is accused of killing Mary Logie (82) at a pensioner's home. It is claimed she repeatedly struck Mrs Logie on the head and body with the rolling pin. Ms Weir is further accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by cleaning blood at the property and disposing of clothing.

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016

small problem

Small Problem

A father killed his three-year-old son Bastien by putting him in a washing machine and turning it on. He called emergency services, saying he had a 'small problem' as his son had fallen down the stairs. However the victim's older sister, then five, told the doctor: 'Daddy put Bastien in the washing machine because he was naughty at school.' The mother said that when her ex-husband removed Bastien from the washing machine and noticed he was no longer breathing he said: 'At least he won't bother us anymore.'

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016

wrightson cocktail

Wrightson Cocktail

Two teenage girls aged just 13 and 14 launched a savage attack on Angela Wrightson, which resulted in her death. The girls had beaten her with a shovel, a TV-set, a coffee table, a printer, a kettle, a metal pan, a ceramic vase and glass ornament. They posted photographs on Snapchat during the assault, and were heard saying: “Go on. Smash her head in. Bray her. Fucking kill her.”

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 27 inches (120 x 70 cm), 2016



Fritz Haber, son of a Jewish family, invented Zyklon B (hydrogen cyanide or prussic acid), a pesticide, but in WWII used in the gas chambers of concentration camps to murder a million people. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918 because of his invention of a production method to make synthetic nitrogen fertilizer (good). He is considered the ’father of chemical warfare’; chlorine gas was first used as a weapon in WWI (bad). His wife Clara Immerwahr committed suicide following an argument about the chlorine gas attack that was the first successful deployment of a weapon of mass destruction on April 22, 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres (Belgium), resulting in over 1,000 casualties.

Acrylic and threads on canvas, 12 x 14 inches (30 x 35 cm), 2016, privat collection



Mark Hopes was beaten to death with a vase by his wife Maria and his stepson Leon in Brithweunydd Road, Trealaw (Wales). A bloodied Sky remote control was also found in pieces. They were each charged with murder and each essentially blamed the other. The court heard MR. Hopes’ mother Ida Smith received a phone call from Port’s mobile phone on the night of the alleged murder. She heard laughter in the background, with a female voice saying: “You’re dead, you greasy fat *******.”

Lower part of the background inspired by Kehinde Wiley.

Acrylic and threads on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016


Lamb To The Slaughter

The mother of all Unusual Murder Weapons: the story by Roald Dahl, where a woman beats her husband to death with a frozen leg of lamb. She cooks it and invites the police to stay for dinner, thus eating the evidence.

Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 14 inches (30 x 35 cm), 2016



Casie Lanee White, 35, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Benjamin Thomas Craft. White was convicted of Murder in the Second Degree with a Weapon. The investigation revealed that White and Craft, who were in a relationship at the time, got into an argument. During the argument, White struck the victim in the head repeatedly with a vase, killing him.

And yes, you can also die from a banana peel. In 1920 Walter Smith did, he was killed by a truck after slipping on a banana peel.

Background inspired by Martin Kippenberger, banana by Andy Warhol.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016

iron man

Iron Man

After 4 years of ongoing domestic violence the jealous man from South Yorkshire battered his girlfriend to death with an ironing board, witnessed by their 3-year-old daughter.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016



In North Las Vegas, 40-year-old Beverly McFarlane was attacked by her husband Mayo, suffering injuries to her head, neck and body. Investigators believe Mayo struck her on the head with the vacuum cleaner. McFarlane suffered a brain injury and died several weeks after the attack. In the aftermath of the attack, Mayo fled. He has been captured by an FBI-Los Angeles police taskforce and is being held in the Los Angeles Police Department jail. Inspired by Jeff Koons and Damnien Hirst who are good friends.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016

nailed it

Nailed It
Sydney police appealed for help in solving the gruesome killing of 27-year-old Chinese student Chen Liu who was shot 34 times in the head and neck with a nail gun before being dumped in a river. Chen Liu's badly decomposed body was found wrapped in a carpet and bound with electrical wires, about two weeks after a friend reported him missing.
Background inspired by the carpet in The Shining.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016

nailed it 2

Nailed It Too
Sydney police appealed for help in solving the gruesome killing of 27-year-old Chinese student Chen Liu who was shot 34 times in the head and neck with a nail gun before being dumped in a river. Chen Liu's badly decomposed body was found wrapped in a carpet and bound with electrical wires, about two weeks after a friend reported him missing.
Background inspired by the carpet in The Shining, nails inspired by the X-ray of Chen's skull.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016

killer souvenir

Killer Souvenir

Joanna Yeates may have been strangled with one of her own socks which was missing when her body was found on Christmas Day. It’s possible the killer kept the size 5 grey knee-length ski sock as a macabre trophy. Bristol police issued an urgent appeal to the public to help find it in the hope that it could be the vital clue that will crack the case.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016

cup final

Cup Final
A woman in Buryatia (Russia) strangled a neighbor with her bra. The 26-year-old woman was drunk when she and her boyfriend asked their 65-year-old neighbor to give them money to buy drinks. Angry that he refused, the woman punched him in the face and tried to strangle him with her hands, before taking off her bra and using that.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016

25 pounds

25 Pounds
Esteban Castillo (35) hit his friend, 30-year-old William Vasconello several times in the head with a 25-pound metal dumbbell, during a heated argument at Castillo's apartment on Martin Street, New Jersey, beating him to death. He faces up to 15 years in state prison.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016



42-year-old Michael Marshall used a shovel as a murder weapon in a fight with 25-year-old Demarcus Jones in Yazoo City, Mississippi. After the attack, Demarcus´ brother Jermain fired at Marshall and was charged with aggravated assault for shooting him in the chest. After being released from hospital, Marshall himself was charged with murder.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016



Former student athlete Drew Clark hit a man who was fighting his friend with a fire extinguisher in Arnos Vale, Bristol, England. Clark took the fire extinguisher and bashed the man twice on the head, breaking his skull. The man died three days later in the hospital.
Background inspired by Daan van Golden.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016

jump rape

Jump Rape

5-year-old Monique Fulgham was raped, strangled with her jump rope and hanged from a closet door in her family’s Bronx apartment. Sadly, it was her grandmother that made the grisly discovery. The slaying happened in a seventh-floor flat on Bivona St. at the Boston Secor Houses, Eastchester.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016

bronx kill

Bronx Kill

Bronx Kill is a narrow strait delineating the Bronx and Randalls Island, connecting Harlem River and East River. Also a Bronx Kill: 14-year-old Shaaliver Douse opened fire with a black Astra 9-mm. pistol on Melrose street; the police ordered him to drop his gun. When he did not comply, one of the officers shot him in the face.

Acrylic and threads on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016

5.5 inch stiletto

5.5 Inch Stiletto

A woman in Houston killed a university professor who was also her boyfriend by hitting him in the head with her stiletto, piercing his skull. He was found with 10 stab wounds to his head.

Background inpired by Yayoi Kusama.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016

slain mcclain

Slain McClain

Bryant Willerson, got into a fight with William McClain. Willerson grabbed 5-foot-tall floor lamp with a 20-pound base and started beating McClain, who died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016

van gogh's lamp

Van Gogh's Lamp

Free after Elfgreen & Dragset’s Van Gogh’s Ear and Daan Roosegaarde’s Van Gogh’s Path

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2016



Pharmacist Karen Walsh killed her 81-years-old neighbor Mrs Rankin with a crucifix on Christmas Eve in a drunken rage. She struck her in the face and left the defenceless, frail and vulnerable grandmother with eight broken ribs on either side of her chest, Belfast Crown Court heard.The attack was so frenzied that the body of Jesus on the crucifix snapped. Walsh was jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

Diptych, oil on canvas, 27 x 49 inches (70 x 125 cm) each, 2016

best for you

Best For You

Chesterfield launched its Best for You campaign in 1950. The obvious message was that Chesterfields were the cigarette that was best for the smoker. 

Acrylic and oil on linen, 8 x 12 inches (21 x 29 cm), 2015

holy smoke

Holy Smoke

The R. J. Reynolds ad campaign ran from 1940 to 1949 and claimed that More Doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette. We all remember the glasses full of cigarettes, free to take, at receptions, birthday and wedding parties.

Oil on linen, 14 x 19 inches (37 x 49 cm), 2015

paris, china

Paris, China

From the series 'Weapon: Other', unusual murder weapons.

As incredible and terrifying as it sounds, in 2007, China Arnold, 31, from Dayton, Ohio, used a microwave to kill her 28-day-old daughter Paris Talley. The baby was placed in the oven for about two minutes and died shortly after removal. For this outrageous crime, China Arnold was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Acrylic on canvas, 37 x 47" (95 x 120 cm), 2015

taurus sacrifice

Taurus Sacrifice

A Florida man is accused of beating his girlfriend with an Xbox 360 video game system on Easter Sunday, 2013. According to court records, Darrius Johnson, 22, allegedly told police he killed 20-year-old Monica Gooden in his Lauderhill apartment early Sunday morning because he needed to sacrifice someone with a Taurus astrological sign. The body of his girlfriend was found next to an Xbox 360 that was badly broken and bloodied.

Acrylic on canvas, 37 x 47" (95 x 120 cm), 2015

hewitt vs. ball

Hewitt vs. Ball

In 2011, Debra Hewitt, a homeless woman from Louisiana, killed her boyfriend Dwayne Ball using her own prosthetic leg. According to the police investigation, she stomped on him, then took off her prosthetic leg and – while balancing on the good leg – used it to beat him to death.

Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 31" (35 x 80 cm), 2015

community chair

Community Chair

There have been several cases of murder by chair but probably the most outrageous is the one that happened in London in December 2013. A gang of six teenagers attacked Donald McNicol (54) with a chair outside a community center after an argument over a shared computer. The victim suffered a serious head injury and died two weeks later.    

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 33" (60 x 84 cm), 2015

maxwell '35

Maxwell '35

Edith Maxwell, a 21-year-old school teacher was found guilty in Wise, Virginia of killing her father with a high-heeled shoe after a heated domestic dispute in July 1935. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Acrylic and blood diamonds on Chanel fabric, ribbon, mounted on plywood, 18 x 12"  (46 x 30 cm)



In April 2006, 61-year-old Jimmy Hackley from Jacksonville, Florida strangled 29-year-old Patricia Ann McCollum with a pair of sweatpants. He was charged and found guilty of first-degree murder.

Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 31" (60 x 80 cm), 2015



A 14-year-old boy used a bowling ball to kill his 5-year-old neighbor Sida Osman in Fort Worth, Texas. The murderer struck the little boy in the head with a 14-pound bowling ball, allegedly because the child was irritating him. Although just a teenager himself, the culprit was given 23 years behind bars.

Acrylic on raw Belgian linen, mounted on plywood 7.5 x 10.5" (19 x 26,5 cm), sold

miss love

Miss Love

In 2007, 21-year-old Jason Webster, a jealous undergraduate history student, murdered his lover Rebecca Love, 26, in a drunken rage by stabbing her with a pen. Love’s body was found by university staff two days later, having 93 separate injuries to her head, chest, neck and body. Miss Love had five puncture wounds to her neck and one to her throat, likely to have been caused by two pens found at the scene.
Both had Miss Love's DNA on the tip, and on the concave end of one pen was a tiny piece of Webster's skin, consistent with him slamming the instrument into her throat with brutal force.

Acrylic on raw Belgian linen, 14 x 8" (35 x 20 cm), 2015, sold


** On view from June 6 - 28 2015: Show what you want show by Platform Platvorm at Bart Invites, Amsterdam **


(dedicated to Ronnie Landfield, my teacher in New York City)

A corkscrew was used as a murder weapon in Brooklyn, New York in February 2008 when 55-year-old Murat St. Hilaire was stabbed in the head. His 11-year old daughter found him lying face up on the bedroom floor And came outside, saying: 'Daddy's dead! Daddy's dead! Somebody stabbed him!’. The corkscrew was still embedded in his temple.

Acrylic on raw Belgian linen, 21 x 23" (55 x 60 cm), 2015



A standard kitchen spatula also served as a murder weapon on July 27, 2010. Angeles Cadillo-Castro, 32, from Utah used this tool to beat her 5-year-old daughter Stephanie Guadalupe Espindola-Cadillo to death. When paramedics arrived on the scene they found the girl’s body with multiple lacerations. The official cause of death was exsanguination: she bled to death, which is a long, torturous process. Soon police found the broken spatula pieces and the case was solved. Angeles was charged with 1st degree murder.

Acrylic on raw Belgian linen, 26 x 17" (66 x 43 cm)

clare's dessert

Clare's Dessert

Richard Clare (31) from Fern Dells, England, attempted to rob disabled Timothy Magee. The court had heard Mr Clare used the spoon to inflict a fatal wound on Mr Magee (38) in a row over a mobile phone on 28 November 2003. As a result, Clare took a dessert spoon and hit him on the back of the head with such force that it ruptured an artery causing fatal bleeding.

Acrylic on raw Belgian linen, mounted on plywood, 12 x 17" (32 x 43 cm), 2015

whacking duane

Whacking Duane

When Daniel Kovarbasich was just 12 he was hired by 55-year-old Duane Hurley to walk his dog. Turns out Hurley was a pedophile and their relationship soon turned sexual. This went on for years until January 22, 2010 when Daniel, tired of the abuse, repeatedly bashed Duane in the head with a pickle jar until he was dead. Upon hearing Kovarbasich’s story of abuse, the judge sentenced him to 5 years’ probation.

Acrylic on raw Belgian linen, mounted on plywood, 12 x 16.5" (32 x 42 cm), 2015

no beer?

No beer?

Helen Ann Williams, 44, was charged with domestic violence for stabbing her husband with a ceramic squirrel because she was angry at him for returning home without beer on Christmas Eve 2013. The man was found  covered with blood at their North Charleston home. Helen Ann Williams told investigators the man fell and cut himself, but couldn't explain why her hands and clothes were also bloody.
Deputies say the man said Williams was so angry when he returned without beer because stores were closed on Christmas Eve that she grabbed a ceramic squirrel, beat him in the head, then stabbed him in the shoulder and chest. He survived.

Acrylic on panel, 6 x 6" (15 x 15 cm), 2016