John Wayne Gacy

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John Wayne Gacy


Convicted of 33 murders, Gacy was sentenced to death for 12 of these killings on March 13, 1980. He spent 14 years on death row before he was executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center on May 10, 1994.

Arrested22 December 1978Trial6 February 1980Convicted13 March 1980

John Wayne Gacy

The Victims (not all were identified)Unknown, Tom BolingUnknown, David TalsmaUnknown, Robert WinchUnknown, Russell NelsonUnknown, John MoweryUnknown, Matthew BowmanUnknown, John PrestigeUnknown, Rick JohnsonUnknown, Samuel StapletonUnknown, Randall ReffeltUnknown, Darrell SimpsonUnknown, Billy KindredUnknown, John ButkovichJune 1976: Michael Bonnin, 1713 June 1976: Billy Carroll, 1612 December 1976: Gregory Godzik, 1720 January 1977: John Szyc, 1915 September 1977: Robert Gilroy, 18December 1978: Robert Piest, 15December 1978: Frank LandinginDecember 1978: James MazzaraDecember 1978: Timothy O’Rourke

The 'Killer Clown'

John Wayne Gacy, also known as 'The Killer Clown' was an American serial killer and rapist who had at least 33 victims. They would typically be lured to his home by force or deception where he would murder them with asphyxiation or strangulation.



19763 known murders

19772 known murders

19784 known murders

1971Married Carole Hoff

1964Married Marlynn MyersDivorced in '69

FamilyMother: Marion Elaine RobinsonFather: John Stanley GacySisters: Joanne Gacy and Karen GacyDaughter: Christine GacySon: Michael GacyFormer Spouses: Marlynn Myers and Carole Hoff

Gacy's Story was considered so brutal and shocking, a movie was developed, based on his crimes.

Gacy grew up being abused by his father, insults, shaming, beating etc. This could have led to his abusive and violent hidden personality. In an interview, Gacy also stated that it was his other personality who killed some of the victims and was dressed as his character ‘Pogo the Clown’ when murdering some. This claim to multiple personality disorder was assumed fake once his brain was examined after death and was believed to be created to attempt to claim him not guilty of the murders, having his lawyer and past doctors claim that he was a ‘paranoid schizophrenic’. As obvious as it seems, Gacy was considered an evil person, for committing multiple murders and therefore seriously affecting many families and the whole community.


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