How Did John Wayne Gacy Die? How Was This Dangerous Serial Killer Executed?

John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy was sentenced to death on March 13th 1980. He was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994 at Stateville Correctional Center, Crestfallen, Illinois, US.

Who was John Wayne Gacy?

John W. Gacy, also known as The Killer Clown, was born on 17 March, 1942 in Chicago Illinois, US. He was convicted of 33 counts of murder, sodomy, sexual assault and having sexual relationships with children.

What did John Gacy’s “Cruising Years” mean?

After his divorce, Gacy lived alone. It was during this period, 1972 and 1978 that he committed most of his crimes. These are the years he referred to as his “Cruising Years.”

Why did John Gacy earn the title “Killer Clown”?

As a member of a local Moose Club, he joined the clown club and created his own “Pogo The Clown” and “Patches of The Clown”, devising his own make up and costumes.

He claimed that acting as a clown allowed him to “regress into childhood.” He committed most of his murders while still performing his clown acts and this led to him being labelled “The Killer Clown.”

When was John Wayne first arrested?

His first apprehension was on 21 December 1978 after the investigation into the disappearance of a teenager, Des Plaines led to him.

Who were John W. Gacy’s victims?

His victims included people known to him and also random individuals. He lured them with the promise of a job, money in exchange for sex or drugs/drinks. At times he used his fake Sheriff’s badge to “arrest” victims or simply used force.

Who were John Gacy’s parents?

John was born to John Stanley Gacy and Marion Elaine Robinson. His father was a mechanic and his mother a homemaker. He had two sisters and was the only son. He was the second born.

What was John Gacy’s “Handcuff Trick”?

Before murdering his victims, Gary would handcuff his victims challenging them to free themselves, only they needed a key.

Who was John Gacy’s first victim?

Sixteen year old Timothy McCoy from Chicago was his first victim. Gary lured him to his car from the Greyhound Bus Terminal. After butchering the boy using a knife, he confessed by saying, “That’s when I realized that death was the ultimate thrill”.

What was John W Gacy’s educational background?

John attended Cooley Vocational High School but transferred to Prosser Vocational High School one year later though he dropped out in his sophomore year. Later in Springfield he enrolled at Northwestern Business College and graduated in 1963.

Did John W Gary Marry?

Gary was married to Marlynn Myers in 1964 and divorced in 1969. He then married Carole Hoff in 1972 and divorced in 1972. He had two children.

What was John Gacy’s relationship with his parents?

He had a very close bond with his mother and sisters. His relationship with his father was strained. His father was an alcoholic who never lost a chance to compare him unfavorably to his sisters.

He called him “dumb and stupid” severally, a situation that led Gary to believe that he was “never good enough in his father’s eyes.”

Where did John Gacy work?

At the age of 18, in 1960, John worked as an assistant precinct Captain for a Democratic Party in his neighborhood. 

After graduating in 1963, he got a job with the Nuun-Bush Shoe Company as a management trainee, from where he was later promoted to a salesman and eventually a department manager. Around the same time, John joined Jayeees and in 1965, he rose to the position of Vice President. 

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