May 1st, 2011
John Wayne Gacy


Date:  December 22, 1978
Location:  Des Plaines, Illinois
Crime:  Murder


Gacy, also known as the Killer Clown, because of the character of Pogo the clown that he dressed up as for children’s parties, is one of the most well known serial killers in America.  Between 1972 and 1978 he raped and murdered 33 teenage boys and young men.  He lured them to his home where he tortured them for hours before killing them and disposing of their bodies in his home’s crawlspace.  In March of 1978 he left one of his victim’s in a park, chloroformed, but alive.  Gacy was arrested for the assault.  Police started to investigate Gacy on suspicion that he might have something to do with some teenage boys who had gone missing.  In December detectives went to Gacy’s home to question him and noticed the smell of corpses coming from the heating duct. Police obtained a search warrant, found bones in the crawlspace and charged Gacy with murder. 

In custody, Gacy confessed to 30 murders, but was charged with 33.  He plead not guilty by reason of insanity.  The jury found him guilty of each murder and sentenced him to the death penalty.  In the hours before his execution a crowd of over 1,000 gathered outside the correctional center where Gacy had been imprisoned for 15 years.  

John Wayne Gacy was executed by way of lethal injection on May 10, 1994.


**There is a lot more information that I left out at his Wikipedia page.  It’s a pretty fascinating story if you are interested.
John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy



Date:  December 22, 1978

Location:  Des Plaines, Illinois

Crime:  Murder



Gacy, also known as the Killer Clown, because of the character of Pogo the clown that he dressed up as for children’s parties, is one of the most well known serial killers in America.  Between 1972 and 1978 he raped and murdered 33 teenage boys and young men.  He lured them to his home where he tortured them for hours before killing them and disposing of their bodies in his home’s crawlspace.  In March of 1978 he left one of his victim’s in a park, chloroformed, but alive.  Gacy was arrested for the assault.  Police started to investigate Gacy on suspicion that he might have something to do with some teenage boys who had gone missing.  In December detectives went to Gacy’s home to question him and noticed the smell of corpses coming from the heating duct. Police obtained a search warrant, found bones in the crawlspace and charged Gacy with murder. 



In custody, Gacy confessed to 30 murders, but was charged with 33.  He plead not guilty by reason of insanity.  The jury found him guilty of each murder and sentenced him to the death penalty.  In the hours before his execution a crowd of over 1,000 gathered outside the correctional center where Gacy had been imprisoned for 15 years.  



John Wayne Gacy was executed by way of lethal injection on May 10, 1994.



**There is a lot more information that I left out at his Wikipedia page.  It’s a pretty fascinating story if you are interested.

John Wayne Gacy

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