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Who was John Wayne Gacy?

John Wayne Gacy (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer and sex offender known as the Killer Clown who assaulted and murdered at least thirty-three young men and boys. Gacy regularly performed at children’s hospitals and charitable events as “Pogo the Clown” or “Patches the Clown”, personas he had devised.

John Wayne Gacy Biography, Wiki

Gacy was born on March 17, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois. The son of Danish and Polish parents, Gacy and his siblings grew up with an alcoholic father who would beat the children with a razor strap if they were perceived to have misbehaved. His father physically assaulted Gacy’s mother as well.

Gacy’s sister Karen would later say that the siblings learned to toughen up against the beatings, and that Gacy would not cry.

Gacy suffered further alienation at school, unable to play with other children due to a congenital heart condition that was looked upon by his father as another failing. He later realized he was attracted to men, and experienced great turmoil over his sexuality.

John Wayne Gacy Biography
John Wayne Gacy
BornMarch 17, 1942
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMay 10, 1994 (aged 52)
Stateville Correctional Center, Crest Hill, Illinois, U.S.
Cause of deathExecution by lethal injection
Other namesThe Killer Clown
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Marlynn Myers​​(m. 1964; div. 1969)​
Carole Hoff​​(m. 1972; div. 1976)​
Children2
Conviction(s)1 count of sodomy33 counts of murder1 count of sexual assault1 count of indecent liberties with a child
Criminal penaltyDeath (12 counts)
Details
Victims33+
Span of crimes1972–1978
CountryUnited States
State(s)Illinois
Date apprehendedDecember 21, 1978
Imprisoned atMenard Correctional Center

John Wayne Gacy Career

Gacy worked as a fast-food chain manager during the 1960s and became a self-made building contractor and Democratic precinct captain in the Chicago suburbs in the 1970s.

Well-liked in his community, Gacy organized cultural gatherings and was active in political organizations and the Jaycees civic group. He was married and divorced twice and had two biological children (in addition to two stepdaughters).

Gacy was a member of a Chicago-area “Jolly Joker” clown club and frequently performed in clown attire and makeup at children’s parties, charity fundraisers and other events as his alter egos “Pogo the Clown” or “Patches the Clown.”

The “Killer Clown” sometimes lured his victims with the promise of construction work or some other ruse, and then captured, sexually assaulted, tortured and eventually strangled most of them with his hands or with rope.

Years later, during a conversation with detectives while he was under surveillance, Gacy discussed his work as a clown, remarking, “Clowns can get away with murder.”

Murders by John Wayne Gacy

In 1968, Gacy was convicted of sexually assaulting two teen boys and given a 10-year prison sentence. He was released on parole in the summer of 1970, but was arrested again the following year after another teen accused Gacy of sexual assault. The charges were dropped when the boy didn’t appear during the trial.

By the middle of the 1970s, two more young males accused Gacy of rape, and he would be questioned by police about the disappearances of others. Gacy referred to this period of his life as his “cruising years,” when he committed most of his murders.

On December 11, 1978, 15-year-old Robert Piest went missing. It was reported to police that the boy was last seen by his mother at a drugstore where he worked before he headed out to meet Gacy to discuss a potential construction job.

Ten days later, a police search of Gacy’s house in Norwood Park, Illinois, uncovered evidence of his involvement in numerous crimes, including murder. It was later discovered that Gacy had committed his first known killing in 1972, taking the life of 16-year-old Timothy McCoy after luring the youth to his home.

On December 12, 1978 he killed his 33rd and last victim; a 15-year-old boy, named Robert Piest, who lived in his neighborhood. This was Gacy’s one big mistake. The victim had told someone he was going to see his “contractor” about a job and was never seen again. The “contractor” turned out to be Gacy. When the police dropped by his house they noticed the smell from the decomposing corpses underneath.

When they saw his police record, it wasn’t hard for them to get a search warrant of his house. A total of 29 bodies were extracted from the crawlspace and five more from the nearby river, of which 9 remain unidentified. Gacy was judged sane by the court psychiatrists and in 1980 was charged with 21 counts of life for murders committed before June 21, 1977 when Illinois reinstated the death sentence. For the 12 committed since then he got the death sentence.

After a lengthy period of police surveillance and investigation — and the discovery of several trenches filled with human remains in the crawl space beneath his house — Gacy eventually confessed to killing about 30 people.

Some Lesser Known Facts About John Wayne Gacy

  • Serial killer of 33 young men and boys (ages 15 to 22) from 1974 to 1978.
  • After attending four high schools in his senior year and never graduating, Gacy dropped out of school and left home for Las Vegas. While in Vegas, he worked part time as a janitor in a funeral parlor performing odd jobs.
  • In the spring of 1968, Gacy was indicted by a grand jury in Black Hawk County for allegedly committing the act of sodomy with a teenage boy named Mark Miller. This was his first known crime.
  • The prison where Gacy was held is being used for FOX’s TV series “Prison Break”
  • At age 11, he was hit in the back of the head so hard it caused a blood clot in his brain. This clot led to blackouts until it was discovered by doctors when he was 16. The blackouts went away shortly after taking medication to treat the clot.
  • Had an IQ of 118, signifying near superior intelligence.
  • After his execution his brain was removed by Dr Helen Morrison, (Who still has possession of it) and his body was then cremated and his ashes claimed by his sister from Arkansas.
  • Was diagnosed with a non-specific heart ailment at 17 and suffered with the pain till his death but never had a heart attack

John Wayne Gacy FAQ’s

Who was John Wayne Gacy?

John Wayne Gacy (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer and sex offender known as the Killer Clown who assaulted and murdered at least thirty-three young men and boys. Gacy regularly performed at children’s hospitals and charitable events as “Pogo the Clown” or “Patches the Clown”, personas he had devised.

What was the other name of Gacy?

John Wayne Gacy was also known as the Killer Clown.

What happened to John Wayne Gacy?

After a lengthy period of police surveillance and investigation — and the discovery of several trenches filled with human remains in the crawl space beneath his house — Gacy eventually confessed to killing about 30 people.

How did Gacy die?

Execution by lethal injection

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