John Wayne Gacy

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John Wayne Gacy
Full Name: John Robinson Gacy Jr.
Alias: John Wayne Gacy

The Killer Clown
John Wayne Gacy Jr.

Origin: Chicago, Illinois
Occupation: Clown
Serial Killer
Skills: Manipulation
Murder skills
Hobby: Entertaining children

Raping, torturing and murdering young men and boys

Goals: Get away with his murders (failed)
Evade execution (failed)
Crimes: Indecent liberties with a child

33 Counts of Murder
Police impersonation
Sexual assault

Type of Villain: Serial Killer

The dead won't bother you. It's the living you have to worry about.
~ John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy, Jr. (March 17th, 1942 – May 10th, 1994) was an American serial killer and rapist who sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978. Gacy buried 26 of his victims in the crawlspace of his home, buried three others elsewhere on his property, and discarded the remains of his last four known victims in a nearby river. He was convicted of 33 murders and sentenced to death for 12 of these killings in March 1980. He was executed on May 10th, 1994 by lethal injection.

Gacy later became known as the "Killer Clown" due to his charitable services at fundraising events, parades and children's parties where he would dress as "Pogo the Clown", a character he devised himself. John Wayne Gacy was an American serial-killer who also went under the nickname of the Killer Clown due to his charity work as a clown between his murder sprees, active from 1972 until 1978 he raped and murdered over 33 teenage boys and young men (six of them remain unidentified).


Gacy was born into a blue-collar family and seems to have had a fairly ordinary childhood. But he exhibited a growing tendency toward sadism, which resulted in several encounters with the law in the 1960s. In 1968, after his conviction for sexually assaulting a teenage boy, he was confined in the Iowa State Men’s Reformatory (Anamosa State Penitentiary) and forced to undergo psychological evaluation. After his release in 1970 and while still on parole, he was again arrested for sexual assault, but the charges were later dropped. Gacy then became a fairly successful independent contractor and bought a house in suburban Chicago.

The tortures that Gacy infringed on his captives included drowning them repeatedly in his bathtub, throwing burning poker cards on their torsos, as well as spilling hot wax on them. As part of the dominion he could exert on his victims, Gacy allowed himself the luxury of urinating on them.

In 1978, after one of Gacy’s victims, Robert Piest, was reported missing, police learned that Gacy was the last person known to have seen him. After obtaining a search warrant, police discovered the bodies of 29 boys and young men in or near Gacy’s house; four other bodies were found in the nearby Des Plaines River. Indeed, the area of the house had emitted a foul stench for years, but Gacy had told his houseguests and his wife that the smell was the result of moisture buildup.

In the hours leading up to Gacy's execution, a crowd estimated at more than 1,000 gathered outside the correctional center; most of whom were fervently in favor of execution, although several protesters against the death penalty were also present. Some of the supporters of the execution wore t-shirts that alluded to the previous community services of Gacy as a clown and that carried satirical slogans such as "There are no tears for the clown." Protesters against the death penalty present watched a silent candlelight vigil.

On May 10th, 1994; Gacy was executed for his crimes and his execution was a major event with protesters from both sides of the argument attending, some displeased with the death-penalty and others gathering to taunt the serial-killer. He never expressed remorse, and his last words were: "Kiss my ass! You'll never find the rest!".

After his death, Gacy's brain was removed and given to Dr. Helen Morrison, who was researching psychopaths. No abnormalities were found in his brain.

Confirmed victims

  • Timothy Jack McCoy (16)
    January 3, 1972, Body 9. Crawl space.
  • John Butkovich (18)
    July 31, 1975, Body 2. Garage.
  • Darrell Julius Samson (18)
    April 6, 1976, Body 29. Dining room.
  • Randall Wayne Reffett (15)
    May 14, 1976, Body 7. Crawl space.
  • Samuel G. Dodd Stapleton (14)
    May 14, 1976, Body 6. Crawl space.
  • Michael Bonnin (17)
    June 3, 1976, Body 18. Crawl space.
  • William Huey Carroll, Jr. (16)
    June 13, 1976, Body 22. Crawl space.
  • James Byron Haakenson (16)
    August 5, 1976, Body 24. Crawl space.
  • Rick Louis Johnston (17)
    August 6, 1976, Body 23. Crawl space.
  • Kenneth Ray Parker (16)
    October 24, 1976, Body 15. Crawl space.
  • Michael Marino (14)
    October 24, 1976, Body 14. Crawl space.
  • William George Bundy (19)
    October 26, 1976, Body 19. Crawl space.
  • Gregory John Godzik (17)
    December 12, 1976, Body 4. Crawl space.
  • John Alan Szyc (19)
    January 20, 1977, Body 3. Crawl space.
  • Jon Steven Prestidge (20)
    March 15, 1977, Body 1. Crawl space.
  • Matthew Bowman (19)
    July 5, 1977, Body 8. Crawl space.
  • Robert Edward Gilroy, Jr. (18)
    September 15, 1977, Body 25. Crawl space.
  • John Antheney Mowery (19)
    September 25, 1977, Body 20. Crawl space.
  • Russell Lloyd Nelson (21)
    October 17, 1977, Body 16. Crawl space.
  • Robert Winch (16)
    November 10, 1977, Body 11. Crawl space.
  • Tommy Joe Boling (20)
    November 18, 1977, Body 12. Crawl space.
  • David Paul Talsma (19)
    December 9, 1977, Body 17. Crawl space.
  • William Wayne Kindred (19)
    February 16, 1978, Body 27. Crawl space.
  • Timothy D. O'Rourke (20)
    June 16–23, 1978, Body 31. Des Plaines River.
  • Frank William Landingin (19)
    November 4, 1978, Body 32. Des Plaines River.
  • James Mazzara (20)
    November 24, 1978, Body 33. Des Plaines River.
  • Robert Jerome Piest (15)
    December 11, 1978, Body 30. Des Plaines River.

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