John Wayne Gacy: Famous Serial Killers

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John Wayne Gacy or "Pogo the clown" as many knew him, remains as one of today's most popular serial killers. Gacy was raised quiet boy who worked odd jobs for money. At the age of 11, Gacy hit his head while playing on a swing set causing a blood clot in his brain that was not discovered till the age of 16. A year later he was diagnosed with a heart condition that he was hospitalized for several times during the period of his life. After dropping out of high school during his senior year just prior to graduation, John Wayne Gacy flew to Las Vegas where he was employed part-time as a janitor in order to save up enough money to buy a ticket to fly to Chicago. After saving enough money, Gacy travelled to Chicago and soon enrolled into a business…show more content…
The items found in the search were two driver’s license, several high school class rings, paraphernalia, police badges, and young boys clothing. Although this evidence was reasonably suspicious, it was not enough to detain Gacy; so a 24-hour surveillance was placed on him. After investigators continued to search, they became discouraged and extremely frustrated with the lack of evidence they were able to find on Gacy, they decided to charge him with possession of marijuana instead. As the pressure started to mount, John Wayne Gacy finally admitted to murder but said it was in self-defense. He eventually gave investigators the exact spot under his garage where he had buried the body. Before digging up under the garage, investigators and police decided to search the crawlspace of the house first where they found remains of a corpse.

By December 22, 1978, Gacy eventually confessed to all 30 murders that he had committed; He admitted to stuffing a sock or the victims underwear into their mouths so they couldn't scream and would kill them by asphyxiation as he sodomized them. In addition to this disgusting and detailed confession, Gacy also admitted to leaving corpses to rot under his bed for hours and sometimes days before actually burying them in his
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Prosecutor Bob Egan’s opening arguments were presented in such dramatic and convincing fashion the jury would never be able to look another direction other than Gacy being guilty. This eventually caused Gacy to change his defense to an insanity plea. During the process of this trial over 60 witnesses were called to the stand to testify against to Gacy, these witnesses were friends and family of the murder victims. On the defense side, all of Casey's friends and family were speaking highly of him and calling him a brilliant individual. When his psychologist Thomas Eliseo was called to the stand, he testified that Gacy suffered from borderline schizophrenia, multiple personality disorder and antisocial behavior. Two hours after closing statements the jury came to a verdict of guilty. He was sentenced to serve 12 death sentences and 21 natural life sentences. He was imprisoned at the Menard Correctional Center for nearly fifteen years, appealing the sentence and attempting to offer contradictory statements on the murders while conducting interviews. John Wayne Gacy was convicted for the death of 33 men and receive the death penalty after being sent to the Menard Correctional center. On May 10, 1994 Gacy was put to death by lethal
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