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Let’s Talk Serial Killers: John Wayne Gacy

Imagine you are preparing to organize your child’s birthday party. You scroll through the options for décor, entertainment, food and, of course, a clown because your child is fascinated with clowns for some reason. Using this as a hypothetical scenario.

Anyway, you end up booking the clown just to learn three days before the party that the clown you hired to work your child’s birthday party was just arrested and was responsible for the deaths of at least 33 young men, if not more.

Hypothetically, you would be a bad parent. You should be ashamed.

For today’s case, I’ll be discussing the case of John Wayne Gacy, also known as “The Killer Clown” by the media.

Everything stated here is public knowledge, and nothing discussed will be too graphic, as I can barely handle the details I researched for the case. “Why are you doing a true crime column then?” Well I myself enjoy true crime, Even if I can not stomach the details.


Gacy was born on March 17, 1942,  Gacy is a Pisces. If you know any Pisces, you should probably keep an eye out for them. Beginning with his early years, Gacy suffered since his father was physically violent to his family. He was the only son and the second child in his family. You can find information on his early life almost anywhere. If you decide to read about it, do not eat anything; and be aware that even though he was a serial killer, you could feel a little sympathy for him after reading about his upbringing.

Let’s move right into his criminal history and adult life.

The majority of the crimes that Gacy committed took place in his ranch-style home in the Norridge area of Chicago. Most serial killers typically have a pattern that they follow. Gacys pattern was to lure his victims into his home by pretending to perform a magic trick (hence the nickname “The Killer Clown”), then he would perform unspeakable and disturbing acts on the victims before burying them in the crawl space of his home or somewhere else.

The majority of the victims Gacy killed were people he knew or people he lured from a Chicago bus stop. It is thought that Gacy killed at least 33 men and boys and buried 26 of them in the crawl space of his home. He would either use physical force or his badge to capture victims.

His usual method was to murder his victims by wrapping a rope around their necks and gradually tightening it, he referred to this as the “Rope Trick.” Honestly, dude, you could have been more clever. Well, he was a clown and clowns aren’t always bright, so maybe that was a good career for him. In all honesty, he could have become a famous clown or joined the circus. But no, he wanted to be a serial killer. 

Who wakes up and decides? “Oh yeah, I’m going to become a serial killer and waste my entire life?”

Nobody does, and if you do, you are odd and need psychological help.

Honestly, I went from writing a true crime column to ranting about how disgusting and ugly Gacy was. Don’t get me wrong, I understand Gacy had a difficult childhood and I know for a fact that this contributed to his disgusting decisions. But it never makes a difference.

So many lives were lost and while I am opposed to the death penalty, In this case, I believe that a life for life is appropriate.

Everything that has been mentioned here is my opinion, and I will stand for it.

As for Gacy, I hope both sides of your pillows are hot. 

Well, I’m sure they are.

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