John Wayne Gacy

Demographic Info

AKAVictimsSexEthnicityCountryTypeMotivationBirthDeath
The Killer Clown33MaleCaucasianUSAStationarySexual, Sadistic1942/03/17 (Chicago, Illinois, USA)1994/05/10 (Crest Hill, Illinois, USA; Lethal injection)

Bibliography

TitleAuthorSources
Buried Dreams: Inside the Mind of a Serial KillerTim CahillAmazon
John Wayne Gacy: Defending a MonsterSam L. Amirante, Danny Broderick, and Vincent BugliosiAmazon, Amazon
Killer Clown: John Wayne: The John Wayne Gacy MurdersTerry Sullivan and Peter MaikenAmazon, Kim Cantrell Review
Last Victim, The: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial KillerJason Moss and Jeffrey KottlerAmazon, Kindle eBook
Man Who Killed Boys, The: The John Wayne Gacy, Jr. StoryClifford L. LinedeckerAmazon

Videography

TitleSources
Biography: John Wayne Gacy: A Monster in DisguiseAmazon (DVD)
Dear Mr. GacyAmazon (DVD), Amazon (Blue-ray), Amazon (Video on Demand)
GacyAmazon (DVD), Amazon (Video on Demand)
Most Evil: Cold-Blooded Killers (Episode 1x02)
Serial Killers, Profiling the Criminal Mind, Vol. 03: John Wayne GacyAmazon (VHS)
To Catch a KillerAmazon (DVD)
Twisted: The Killer Clown (Episode 2x03)

John Wayne Gacy Jr. killed 33 young men and teenage boys in the 1970s. Most of his victims were buried in the crawlspace of his home. He claimed he didn’t know how they got there.

Gacy got the nickname “The Killer Clown” as he would dress as Pogo the Clown for children’s parties and charitable events.

Blog Posts

Episode 060: Interview with Scott Bonn

on March 14th, 2012 in Interviews, Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Unsubs by | 3 Comments

We’re taking a brief break from Pee Wee Gaskins to have our first interview show. Our guest today is Scott Bonn, a criminology professor and expert on serial killers and the media. Doc Bonn and I discussed issues such as serial killer myths, why people are fascinated by serial murder,…

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Victim Studies 007: John Wayne Gacy

on December 27th, 2011 in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | 1 Comment

John Wayne Gacy was convicted for murdering 33 people in the United States, but may have been involved in additional murders. Gacy’s known murder series is thought to have spanned from 1972, at the age of 30, until his arrest in 1978. There is still an ongoing investigation into Gacy’s…

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A Second Presumed John Wayne Gacy Victim Found Alive

on December 22nd, 2011 in Serial Killers by | No Comments

Theodore “Ted” Szal disappeared in Chicago, Illinois in 1977 at the age of 24. As Ted matched John Wayne Gacy’s preferred victim type, his family always believed he had fallen victim to the Killer Clown. But his family has recently learned that Ted is actually alive and well in Beaverton,…

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Victim of John Wayne Gacy Identified

on November 29th, 2011 in Forensics, Serial Killers by | No Comments

DNA evidence has determined one of the unidentified remains of John Wayne Gacy to be William George Bundy. A 19-year-old construction worker, William disappeared in 1976. Family members have long suspected he was one of Gacy’s victims. The Cook County Sheriff Office issued a plea for DNA samples from the…

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Episode 052: The Serial Killer Cycle, Part 2

on October 28th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Last week, we looked at 4 of the 7 phases of the serial killer cycle: the aura phase, the trolling phase, the wooing phase, and the capture. This week, we look at the last three phases: the murder, the totem phase, and the depression phase. By the way, this episode…

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Suspected Gacy Victim Found Alive

on October 26th, 2011 in Serial Killers by | No Comments

In my time studying serial murder, this may be the strangest story I’ve come across. According to the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, a supposed John Wayne Gacy victim has been found alive. Thirty-three years ago, then 19-year-old Harold Wayne Lovell told his family that he was heading to Aurora,…

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Episode 051: The Serial Killer Cycle, Part 1

on October 21st, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 7 Comments

This week, we look at the serial killer cycle, a theory proposed by Joel Norris in 1988. While the theory is rather lacking in scientific testing, it ties in well with the concept of serial murder as addictive behavior, a concept I believe has considerable merit. Dr. Norris’ “Phases of…

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Body of John Wayne Gacy Victim to be Exhumed

on October 7th, 2011 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | 2 Comments

Sherry Marino has always doubted that her 14-year-old son was victim of John Wayne Gacy. According to the Associated Press, she has been granted her request to have his body exhumed for DNA testing. It took more than three years to identify the supposed remains of her son using dental…

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Episode 046: Questions & Answers II

on September 16th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | No Comments

This week, we’re having our second Questions and Answers episode. The questions we’ll answer are: How many serial killers are active at any one time? What do you think of the cultural hero-worship of some serial killers? Why do so many killers have three names? Are there many serial killers…

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John Wayne Gacy Artwork on Display in Las Vegas

on September 1st, 2011 in Murderabillia, Serial Killers by | No Comments

The rather creepy artwork of John Wayne Gacy is about to be on display in Las Vegas. According to Las Vegas Weekly, an exhibit of Gacy’s artwork opens tomorrow at The Arts Factory on East Charleston Boulevard. The venue is usually free, but a grand opening will be held Friday…

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