Steve Huff at The Dark Side points us to the website and blog of a most unusual person:
Nico is a frenchman. He lives in France. Nico is a professional artist. ...his website [is], www.nicolasclaux.com. He also has a livejournal [blog]. He's an interesting fellow. His paintings are popular with rock stars. His subjects are certainly appropriate to this blog (Link will take you to portrait Nico made from a photo of a famous serial killer).
His art is a bit of Warhol and maybe Frank Frazetta with something else I can't exactly pin down thrown in.
Nico says interesting things, too.
"Humanity is a Parasite."
There's times I'd agree with him.
Oh, and perhaps the most interesting thing of all about Monsieur Nicolas Claux; he's a convicted killer and confessed cannibal.
-----Nicolas Claux was born on March 22, 1972 in the African nation of Cameroon. His father was a French banker. He moved back to Paris when he was 16.
He starting robbing graves in Paris when he was 17. He stole bones and mutilated mummified remains. He moved on to eating human remains when he worked as a morgue attendant and stretcher-bearer at Saint Joseph Hospital, which is also in Paris. Nico says human flesh tastes like horse meat. Claux murdered Thierry Bissonnier on Oct. 4, 1994. He was arrested on November 15, 1994 in front of the world famous cabaret, the Moulin Rouge.
Some people believe Claux was responsible for a string of six other random homophobic .22 caliber murders committed in Paris in October 1994.
Mr. Claux found his victim(s) through Minitel (an early French version of the Internet).
Claux said: "Back then it was a common practice in the gay community to meet on Minitel. They would establish contact through this means since it was quick and easy for them. I found out that it was an easy way for me to kill them without any witnesses, plus I had the guarantee of remaining anonymous, since there was no possibility of tracing back the discussions on Minitel.
Other sources claim portions of Nicolas Claux's confessed story are a hoax.
In May 1997 Nicolas Claux was found guilty of one count of premeditated murder, one count of armed robbery, and three counts of grave robbery. He was then sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay a civil fine of 25,000 francs (about $5,544 US) to the court and an additional 300.000 francs to the victim's family. [according to David Lohr of CrimeLibrary.com]
Nicolas Claux served just seven years, four months, and one week of a 12-year sentence (including time served before his conviction). Claux was released from Maison Centrale Poissy (French prison about 15 miles northwest of Paris) on March 22, 2002. Since his release, he divides his time between painting, tattoo work, the internet, and graveyards.
Nicolas Claux, painter of the Macabre [LiveJournal]
Vampire of Paris: The story of Nicolas Claux [CrimeLibrary.com]
Interview with the infamous murderer, vampire, necrophile, cannibal and artist par excellence Nico 'The Vampire of Paris' Claux [bloodclub.com]
Nico Claux: The Vampire of Paris [Frances Farmer]
update Sept. 25, 2005: Nico Claux moved his personal blog from livejournal to myspace.com: www.myspace.com/nicoclaux.