- NAME: John Wayne Gacy
- OCCUPATION: Serial Killer
- BIRTH DATE: March 17, 1942
- DEATH DATE: May 10, 1994
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois
- PLACE OF DEATH: Crest Hill (Stateville Correctional Institute), Illinois
- AKA: "Pogo the Clown"
- AKA: John Gacy
- Full Name: John Wayne Gacy
- AKA: Jack Hanson
- AKA: Killer Clown
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John Wayne Gacy was a U.S. serial killer who was found guilty of killing 33 boys and young men.
John Wayne Gacy - Childhood (1:02)
As a young man, serial killer John Wayne Gacy learned he was attracted to men. His conflicting notions of his sexuality contributed to his eventual madness.
The serial killer John Wayne Gacy brought home a young man from the bus station. He snapped, and committed what would become his first of many murders.
The serial killer John Wayne Gacy's childhood was overshadowed by an abusive father.
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With Gacy having confessed to the crimes, the arguments were focused on whether he could be declared insane and thus remitted to a state mental facility. Gacy had told police that the murders had been committed by an alternate personality, while mental health professionals testified for both sides about Gacy's mental state.
Ultimately found guilty of committing 33 murders after a short jury deliberation, Gacy became known as one of the most vicious serial killers in U.S. history. He was sentenced to serve 12 death sentences and 21 natural life sentences. He was imprisoned at the Menard Correctional Center for almost a decade and a half, appealing the sentence and offering contradictory statements on the murders in interviews. Though he had confessed, Gacy later denied being guilty of the charges and had a 900 number set up with a 12-minute recorded statement of his innocence. He took up visual art as well, and his paintings were shown to the public via an exhibition at a Chicago gallery.
With both anti–death penalty forces and those in favor of the execution making their opinions known, John Wayne Gacy died by lethal injection on May 10, 1994, at the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois.
There have been lingering concerns that Gacy may have responsible for the deaths of others whose bodies have yet to be found, with the Cook County sheriff's office pushing to search a Chicago apartment building where Gacy once worked as a maintenance employee.
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