Art: Slasher

Feared and hated by museum keepers the world over are those psychopaths whose muddled mentalities lead them to slash at paintings on display. Last week in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts found that 23 canvases stored in the cellar had been ripped by a slasher's knife. Soon police were able to report that this time the mutilator was no neurotic pigment-sticker, but one of the museum's own guards, piqued because his job had been liquidated. Ex-Watchman Joseph Cassidy admitted he had knifed a portrait of Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother, by...

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