The Story Behind Jonathan Davis’ Serial Killer Collection
Rock stars have come with all sorts of strange hobbies as they oftentimes have enough wealth to afford their interests. While their spare time activities can be as simple as collecting cars just like Metallica frontman James Hetfield, some can lean onto the darker sides of being a collector.
In fact, Korn lead singer Jonathan Davis had one of the most interesting and rare collections in the rock music scene as the musician was highly interested in serial killers. For a long time, the rocker spent his money and effort into collecting everything related to serial killers but he ended up getting rid of them all, let’s take a look.
Jonathan Davis Had An Interest In Serial Killers
Jonathan Davis first began collecting serial killer art and memorabilia in the early 200s. The musician started publicly displaying selected items while on the Ozzfest 2003 tour which revealed how extensive and valuable his collection was.
As a matter of fact, Davis’ one-of-a-kind collection includes a piece from the infamous mass murderer Ted Bundy who kidnapped, raped and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s. The musician owned the Volkswagen that belonged to the killer which was used during his murders.
In addition to Bundy, Davis had a number of pieces that belonged to another serial killer named John Wayne Gacy known as the Killer Clown who assaulted and murdered at least 33 young men and boys. Along with him, the rocker had the 1928 confession letter from cannibal Albert Fish.
As if having valuable collectibles from three different serial killers weren’t enough, the Korn frontman had the original drawings by satanic serial murderer Richard Ramirez also known as the ‘Night Stalker.’
Since his collection was impressive, Davis approached the collector of criminal artifacts Arthur Rosenblatt in 2001 to open a museum. However, the deal fell apart due to personal differences which caused the musician a bunch of lawsuits that lasted for a few years.
After numerous years of collecting serial killer memorabilia, Jonathan Davis eventually started selling his pieces in December 2005. The reason behind his decision was his family, especially kids. Despite his interest in the items, Davis simply didn’t want them around his children and sold his entire collection.