Henry's Dargers intentions when depicting the slaughter of child slaves cannot, of course, be known for sure. But the scene above is the first panel in a triptych whose other sections contain some of his most violent images. This places the gore explicitly within a context of martyrdom, connecting it as plausibly to a long Christian graphic tradition as to Darger's personal weirdness. Click the image below to view the third panel, if you have a strong stomach.
This horrifying picture is not in Michael Bonesteel's
book but is in MacGregor's.
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