Gacy – The Killer Clown

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John Gacy - The Clown KillerJohn Wayne Gacy – AKA The Clown Killer – (Source Wikipedia)

 

          Picture this…

 Its a stunning day in Chicago and your having a party for your young child’s birthday.  You have decided to get a clown to come and entertain the kids. “Pogo the Clown” is a great hit and other parents in the neighbourhood also invite him over to entertain at their next party.

Imagine your horror when you find out that this clown who probably bounced a child on his knee is non other than one of America’s most evil and notorious serial killers John Gacy!

 

Gacy the Killer Clown

The smiling face of a killer clown!

 

Gacy was actually a respected member of the community becoming involved in politics at the young age of 18 years and even became a member of the Democratic Party. He held down his own company, a contracting business, and even provided employment to some of the young boys in the area. Granted one or two of these unfortunate young lads became one of the 33 odd victims he claimed.

Gacy committed sexual crimes against young boys in the late 60′s and one of his victims, a young teenager named Donald Voorhees pressed charges against him. Gacy at the time was in the political arena and denied the charges to be true. He countered that they were an attack against his political character. Although receiving support from a number of his Jaycees Gacy was indicted upon the sodomy charge on May 10, 1968.

Gacy entered a plea of guilty to one count of sodomy in relation to the charges filed against him by Donald Voorhees however he pleaded not guilty to the other charges lodged against him by the other youths. He underwent psychiatric evaluations and it was determined that he had what was known as an “aristocratic personality” and no treatment could be prescribed for this…

After a couple of years pass Gacy escalated his violence from sexual assault to full out murder and started his serial killer career in 1972. His victims were young boys and men ranging from 9 to 20 years of age.

The bodies were disposed of under the “crawl space” of his house. In fact, there were 26 bodies crammed and covered with lye under his house. The stench of rotting flesh gave him away when police officers were called out to interview Gacy after the disappearance of Robert Piest aged 15. Gacy claimed the stench was attributed to a blocked drain however police were suspicious and a warrant was obtained to search the premises.

 

Gacy - Newspaper clipping

What the papers said during the excavation of Gacy’s house.

 

Gacy was convicted of 33 murders and received the death sentence for 12 of these convictions. He was executed on the 9th May 1994 by lethal injection.