John Wayne Gacy (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer. He was convicted and later executed for the rape and murder of thirty-three men between 1972 and his arrest in 1978. He became notorious as the "Killer Clown" because of the many block parties he attended, entertaining children in a clown suit and makeup.
Gacy was born and raised in
In 1975, he bought a house in an unincorporated area surrounded by the
No suspicion fell on him until late 1978, when he was investigated following the disappearance of a teenage boy, Robert Piest, who was last seen with Gacy. A search of his house, by
According to reports, Gacy did not express remorse. His last words were to the effect that killing him wouldn't bring anyone back.
His execution reportedly went badly—the chemicals used in the lethal injection were mixed in a way that caused them to solidify, and as a result, he took a while to die (afterwards,
Some have pointed to his poor relationship with his abusive, alcoholic father, his head trauma and subsequent blackouts in his teenage years as some basis for his acts. After his execution, Gacy's brain was removed. It is currently in possession of Dr. Helen Morrison, who interviewed Gacy and other serial killers in an attempt to isolate common personality traits held by such people. However, an examination of Gacy's brain after his execution by the forensic psychiatrist hired by his lawyers revealed no abnormalities. She has said Gacy didn't fit into any psychological profile associated with serial killers, and the reasons for his rampage will probably never be known.
During his time on Death Row, Gacy took up oil painting, and his favorite subject was painting portraits of clowns. He claimed to have used his clown act as an alter ego, once sardonically saying that "A clown can get away with murder." After his execution, his paintings were sold at auction. Reportedly, the main buyer destroyed the paintings after winning the bids.
A freaky killer clown! Totally warped, I mean it is bad enough to be a killer but to bury the bodies under your own house!! Writer Stephen King is speculated to have used Gacy as the template for the killer clown in his novel It. Just another reason to keep walking in this big weird world of ours.
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