Gacy recanted his confession and did not testify at trial, where he asserted an insanity defense unsuccessfully. According to the book Killer Clown, by Terry Sullivan and Peter Maiken, Gacy seemed to have a regular childhood with the exception of his turbulent relationship with his father, John Wayne Gacy Sr.
The authors describe the father as an unpleasant, abusive alcoholic prone to physically and verbally assaulting his children.
They describe Gacy as deeply loving his father and wanting desperately to gain his approval and attention, but failing to win him over. died on Christmas Day 1965.) After attending four high schools during his senior year and never graduating, Gacy dropped out of school and left Chicago for Las Vegas.
Gacy, a construction contractor, lived in a quiet suburb northwest of Chicago. On December 11, 1978, a 15-year-old Des Plaines high school sophomore, Robert Piest, disappeared shortly after leaving work at a pharmacy where Gacy had recently completed a remodeling job.
He made himself well known in his community for his political work and his help to charitable causes. The mother of a young man who disappeared after applying to Gacy for a job notified the police. Police put Gacy under surveillance, and when it was learned that two teenage employees of Gacy, Gregory Godzik and John Butkovich, also had recently disappeared, the police obtained a search warrant for Gacy's home.
He often appeared at children's performances dressed as a clown. A search warrant allowed police to search Gacy's home. Authorities eventually discovered the remains of 27 corpses underneath the house, plus 2 more under the garage and driveway. A roll of film belonging to Piest was seized in the ensuing search.
Eventually Gacy told police he had thrown 4 other corpses into the Des Plaines River. A second search warrant was executed and three lime-covered bodies were found in the crawl space.
He enticed many young men to his home for homosexual liaisons, tying or handcuffing his partners then strangling or choking them.
Evidence showed that the defendant led a double life, engaging in charitable and political activities at the same time he was committing a series of sadistic torture murders.
The Supreme Court of Illinois affirmed the death sentence of execution by lethal injection. The bodies of most of the victims were unearthed in the crawl space under Gacy's middle class home in the Chicago suburbs.
He was sentenced to death for 12 of those murders (12 proved to have been committed after Illinois had passed post-Furman death penalty), and to natural life in prison for the others.
John Wayne Gacy was convicted of 33 murders of mostly teenage boys.
Gacy pointed officers to the precise locations of certain bodies in the crawl space and stated that he had lured the victims to his home, either expressly for sex or through the promise of employment, and then strangled them.
A total of 29 bodies were recovered on the property and 4 more were discovered in a nearby river. Final/Special Meal: A dozen deep fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, a pound of fresh strawberries and French fries. John Wayne Gacy John Wayne Gacy was born on March 17, 1942, in Chicago Illinois.