John Wayne Gacy
March 17th , 1942
D.O.D.: May 10th, 1994
Gacy, a middle child, was born in
in 1942. He had two sisters, one older and one younger. Gacy seemed to
have a normal childhood with the exception of his relationship with his
father, John Wayne Gacy Sr. He desperately wanted to gain his
father’s attention but failed to win him over.
Gacy was struck in the head with a
swing at the age of 11. Until he was 16 he suffered from
blackouts, then he was diagnosed with a blood clot on the brain. His
senior year he attended four high schools and never finished school. He left
and headed for
. While there, he worked part time as a janitor for Palm Mortuary. A few
months later he returned to
because he was unhappy in Vegas. Gacy enrolled
in a business college and developed a talent for salesmanship. Upon
graduating, he went to work as a management trainee at Nunn Bush Shoe Co. in
. In1964, he married Marilyn Myer, a co-worker.
In 1968, the future serial killer would be
arrested for the first time. To those who knew him the charge
of attempting to coerce a male employee
into homosexual acts, came as a big surprise. Gacy pled guilty and was
sentenced to 10 years in
’s State Men’s Reformatory in Anamosa. His wife filed for divorce and Gacy
told her he never wanted to see him or the kids. He would consider them
dead. After serving 18 months, he was paroled on
Oct. 18th 1971
. Eight months after his release, he was arrested again and charged with
attempted rape and disorderly conduct. The charges were dropped after the
victim appeared in court for a hearing.
John Wayne Gacy returned to
and remarried in1975. A year later his second wife divorced him
because she felt she couldn’t deal with moods and his obsession with
homosexual magazines. In 1978 police forced their attention back on Gacy.
A teenage stock boy at a Nisson Pharmacy in
had come up missing and Gacy was the last person seen with the boy prior to
his disappearance. The investigators ran a background check on Gacy and were
surprised to find that he had previously served time for committing sodomy on
a teenage boy. The investigators were able to obtain a warrant to search
Gacy’s house. Investigators entered a crawl space beneath the home.
Immediately a musty smell was noticed.
They returned without any noticeable incriminating evidence. Soon they
realized they had seized a piece of critical evidence. A ring found at
Gacy’s house was said to belong to a teenager who had disappeared a year
earlier. A receipt for a roll of film that belonged to a co-worker of the
missing teenager was also discovered.
Dec. 22nd, 1978
, Gacy went to the police to confess. Shortly into the confession, he
revealed that there were four Johns. 1)John the contractor, 2) John the clown,
3) John the politician, and 4)Jack Hanley, the killer. He on to make
voluntary confessions to over two dozen murders and drew a detailed map to the
locations of 28 shallow graves under his house and garage.
By the end of January, police and
construction workers had gutted the entire house and discovered 27 bodies.
Also during this time four bodies had been discovered
Des Plaines River
and were linked to Gacy by personal items found in his home.
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