A Long Island man has curated one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of murderabilia – that includes more than 9,000 letters, artwork, hair samples and 100 tapes of jailhouse calls with some of the nation’s most prolific serial killers.
David Adamovich, who keeps part of his hoard at his Freeport home, shared his treasure trove of criminal artifacts with DailyMail.com last week.
‘This is just a minuscule piece from the collection,’ said Adamovich. ‘I have hair from about eight different serial killers, clothes from some of the killers, shoes and underwear.’
Adamovich said he purchased the items from his corrections officer friend, Richard Dickstein, who had a fascination with serial killers, when he died eight years ago.
His friend corresponded with many of these mass murderers – including John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, David Berkowitz, Ed Norris, and others – over a twenty-year span while they were in jail.
David Adamovich holds an original painting created by the infamous serial killer, John W. Gacy. ‘Its the iconic piece of my serial killer memorabilia business because everyone knows who Pogo is,’ he said
A close-up of the hair sample from cult killer Charles Manson and a polaroid of the killer with an unknown young girl, who Adamovich said he has tried to identify over the years
A letter that the Night Stalker penned to Dickstein. In the letter he asked, ‘What was happening at Madison Square Garden? What about the Nile Virus? You ever go to Central Park? You gonna vote for Hillary?’ and signed the letter, ‘your friend, Rich’
Adamovich said he would write to them to develop a relationship and even visit sometimes.
‘He did his job as a corrections officer and was just like anybody else and in his private life collected serial killer memorabilia,’ he explained.
The curator recalled that Dickstein was ‘good friends with David Berkowitz, also known as the Son of Sam, who terrorized New York in the 1970s and was jailed for 300 years after confessing to six murders.
‘He actually visited him quite a bit,’ Adamovich added.
Holding a binder in his museum-like space, he also revealed some racy letters and graphic sketches drawn by ‘Killer Clown’ John Wayne Gacey, who raped, tortured and murdered at least 33 young men and boys in Chicago during the 1970s.
‘It’s very clear he was nuts,’ Adamovich said. ‘He is a raging homosexual and that’s all he talks about in all his letters, sexual things.’
Gacey was known for painting pictures of his alter ego, ‘Pogo, the Clown,’ and would sell them from prison before he was executed in March 1980.
Adamovich said: ‘Everybody knows the Pogo painting, it’s like an iconic symbol of serial killers and serial killer murderabilia.’
On the back of one such painting in his collection, there is even a handwritten note by Gacey that reads: ‘Enjoy Pogo as much as I enjoyed doing it for you …Best Wishes, John W. Gacey.’
Earlier this year, Adamovich told DailyMail.com he sold one of his Pogo paintings to a private collector for $2,000.
Another collector purchased two paintings done by cult killer Manson.
Manson was head of the Manson Family Cult and led a murderous campaign in California during the late 1960s, where at least nine were murdered, including, the brutal slaying of pregnant actress Sharon Tate.
He was also thought to be responsible for ordering up to 35 other murders, though did not carry out the actual killings himself. He died in prison in 2017 aged 83 of natural causes.
Adamovich recalled: ‘They were the ‘Red Dot’ and ‘Blue Dot,’ that represented two of the girls in his harem. Red was for red head Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme and blue was for the blue eyes of Susan Atkins.
A self-portrait of infamous cult leader Charles Manson. One collector purchased two paintings from Adamovich done by the killer himself
Manson writes a letter to someone on the back of his portrait. Much of what he is saying appears incoherent
This photo shows the former First Lady Rosalynn Carter shaking hands with notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy before he was charged with his crimes
Adamovich also described a letter he owned written by cold-blooded killer Susan Smith, who killed her two young sons by driving them into a lake in 1994.
‘In the letters she says to Richie, ‘I’m really sorry I did that. I miss my boys,’ he said.
He revealed many letters written by other murderers ‘never talk about what they did,’ while others – like Gacy – will completely ‘deny what they did.’
Adamovich also sold a rack of test tubes that contained hairs from Bundy, Gacey, Manson and Norris for an undisclosed amount.
Another sale was the only known set of negatives that features rarely-seen and gory photos of Jeffrey Dahmer dead in the prison morgue after he was beaten to death by a former inmate, Christopher Scarver, 25, in November 1994.
Dahmer killed and dismembered seventeen males between between 1978 to 1991 and was known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster.
Adamovich added: ‘I sold the guy the negatives and no one has them.’
Most murderabilia enthusiasts who visit his showroom are serious collectors and want to enhance their personal collection, he explains.
‘It’s interesting some people have an obsession with certain things and they want to collect everything about that person.’
Though items can cost thousands of dollars, there are some going for less – such as ceramic mugs with killers’ final words printed on them.
In Gacy’s case these were ‘kiss my a**’, while Ted Bundy remarked ‘I’m the most cold-hearted son-of-a-b**** you’ll ever meet.’
Bundy kidnapped, raped and murdered dozens of young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier.
He was known as the ‘Campus Killer,’ who confessed to 30 murders committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978, after years of denying them. It is unknown what the actual victim total is. He was executed by the electric chair in January 1989.
Adamovich’s collection also houses audio tapes of Ramirez, Manson and Gacey that were recorded by his late friend.
‘If you listen to some of these guys they sound like your best friend,’ he said. ‘They sound intelligent. Manson actually seems reasonably intelligent in a one-on-one conversation.’
He added: ‘But if you read anything that Manson wrote it’s like a three-year-old wrote it. He did stuff phonetically and not one sentence makes sense. It’s all nonsense.’
Adamovich also shared a letter that Richard Ramirez sent to Dickstein asking him to check-up on a female friend of his, a dominatrix, and sent him her address.
Ramirez, known as the Night Stalker or the Walk-in-Killer, killed 13 people and committed at least 11 sexual assaults’ in California between June 1984 and August 1985. He died in prison on June 2013 while awaiting execution.
In another letter he wrote: ‘What was happening at Madison Square Garden? What about the Nile Virus? You ever go to Central Park? You gonna vote for Hillary?’
Adamovich said: ‘Ramirez was a good looking guy. He had all these attractive women in the courtroom and married one of them. Richie had a long file of letters with her.’
In some of the letters, Ramirez’s spouse spoke of her divorce from him. ‘If I remember correctly, one of his victims was a young kid and his wife said no, I can’t put up with that. It bothered her.’
Adamovich holds an identical knife to that OJ Simpson was accused of using in the brutal murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman
The ceramic mugs he sells on his website has the faces and famous words of some of the world’s most prolific serial killers
Pictured: Adamovich purchased his friend’s collection, Richard Dickstein (pictured left) when he passed away eight years ago. Dickstein became friends with David Berkowitz, aka Son of Sam. Both are captured in a polaroid which Piccola purchased from Abramovich for $150
Adamovich also revealed a photo of former First Lady, Rosalynn Carter shaking hands with Gacy at a political event before he was charged with his heinous crimes.
‘The secret service really blew that. They didn’t do their homework,’ he said.
He also shared a duplicate knife OJ Simpson was accused of using to murder his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman in the early 90s.’
That crime – and the legendary 45 minute police chase – received worldwide attention.
Simpson, who was known as the greatest running back, was acquitted of his wife and Goldman’s murders, but was charged years later with several crimes including, armed robbery and kidnapping and served nine years in prison.
Adamovich not only sells his memorabilia but also lends it to museums and educational institutions.
He told DailyMail.com he recently sent a signed Spiderman comic book by Charles Manson and a lock of hair from Ted Bundy when he was shaved for execution for an exhibition that is taking place in Italy.
Though Adamovich has not continued his friend’s love of letter writing and collecting, he considers himself the ‘curator’ of what he claims to be the largest collection of ‘serial killer murderabilia,’ around.
‘I’m preserving what Richie collected and trying to do something educational with it. I would like to publish the letters and probably have them used in doctoral programs in forensic psychology,’ he said.
He added: ‘I think there is a lot of content that a doctoral student can read into those letters and get a lot out of them.’
Adamovich holds a Christmas card with John Wayne Gacy’s smiling photo in it that he sent Dickstein wishing him a happy holiday
Adamovich showed a photo of four female Texas inmates who were on death row
Adamovich also shared from his collection a photo of four Texas inmates on death row including, Betty Lou Beets. Beets, who was convicted of shooting her fifth husband in August 1983. Karla Faye Tucker, who was sentenced to death for killing two people in 1984 with a pickaxe during a burglary.
‘Tucker was the first woman to be executed in Texas since 1863, and only the second woman to be executed in the United States since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976,’ Adamovich said.
Also in the picture is Pamela Lynn Perillo, who was sentenced to death for the 1980 murders of Robert Banks, 30 and Bob Skeens, 26 in February 1980. And, Frances Elaine Newton, who murdered her husband and two young children in April 1987, according to murderpedia.
Two of the collectors who snagged some of the artifacts from Adamovich shared their love of the hunt with DailyMail.com.
‘I like collecting things that have what I call the WOW factor,’ Ed Piccola said
Piccola, who started collecting thirteen years ago, purchased Charles Manson’s original fingerprint card, polaroid’s of Gacy and Son of Sam, poems and photos of serial killer Ottis Toole. Toole’s killing spree ran from 1961 to 1983. He was later convicted of six counts of murder.
Other items include, a painting from Toole’s companion Henry Lee Lucas, artwork from Manson, Gacy’s original learn to paint book and a hand drawing from the tool box murderers.
Piccola’s most prized possession, he said, is a ‘human blood painting of Charles Manson with his some of his ashes’ that are incorporated in the art by artist Ryan Gillikin – for which he paid a staggering $2,000.
Jerry Gold, who has been collecting murderabilia since 2007, said Gacy’s art was what sparked his interest and has met many other like-minded people on social media who share his passion over the years.
‘I appreciate anything that is a curiosity,’ he said.
The avid collector purchased a number of pieces from Adamovich, including a Gacy Pogo painting and a drawing of a ghost by Night Stalker Ramirez.
Other treasures he shared was a famed portrait of Pennsylvania State Treasurer Budd Dwyer, who fatally shot himself at a press conference in 1987 – the day before he was due to be sentenced to up to 55 years in prison for a bribery conviction.
He also picked up a ‘rare’ Columbine High School 1999 yearbook – the same year of the massacre by two students that left 15 people dead.
Gold said: ‘The kids never picked them up. All the victims and killers are in the book. It was never edited so a lot of the kids didn’t want the book.’
At the time, he said he paid about $2,200 for the yearbook, but said that he could now fetch between $3,000 to $3,500 for it.
But he added that his most treasured piece is a 1935 court document linked to the 1920’s serial killer, rapist and cannibal, Howard ‘Albert’ Fish, who was known as the ‘Werewolf of Wysteria,’ the ‘Brooklyn Vampire’ and ‘The Boogey Man.’
Long Island collector, Ed Piccola said his most prized possession, is a ‘human blood painting of Charles Manson with his some of his ashes’ that are incorporated in the art, which he paid a staggering $2,000 for
Gold picked up the 1999 Columbine High School yearbook and called the book ‘rare.’ He paid $2,200 for the yearbook, but said that he could now fetch $3,000 to $3,500 for it.
Handwritten letters from killer Ottis Toole who signed his named ‘the cannibal.’ Toole was convicted of six counts of murder. His span of crimes were between 1961 to 1983
A black and white framed picture of cult killer Charles Manson and his fingerprints are displayed and purchased by Piccola from Adamovich’s collection
Adamovich, who is also known as ‘The Great Throwdini’ is a holder of 44 world records, and calls himself the ‘world’s fastest and most accurate knife thrower.’ The banner behind him was gifted to him by one of his former target girls
Adamovich, is also known as ‘The Great Throwdini’ and holder of 44 world records. He calls himself the ‘world’s fastest and most accurate knife thrower.’
He invented the ‘Veiled Double Wheel of Death,’ and has appeared in a more than a 100 television shows, including David Letterman, and the America’s Got Talent franchise -France Got Talent, Germany Got Talent, Britian’s Got Talent.
His international appearances include the National Circus of Cuba, the Stars of the World Famous Moscow State Circus and Festival do Circo Brazil, among others.
And, performs frequently at the Coney Island Circus side show. On Friday, he performed at the House of Yes in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Adamovich told DailyMail.com that he has not yet received many calls about the Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heurmann since his July 13 arrest – but that he expects to soon.