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John Wayne Gacy

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John Wayne Gacy
By: Amanda Ashworth, Amanda Binder, Tyrah Parks, and Victoria Kubiak

Early Childhood
His father, John Wayne Gacy Sr., was an abusive alcoholic.
Adolescent Years
At age 11, John was hit in the head with a swing on the playground.
Adolescent Years
He shuffled through a few different jobs.
Early Adult Years
John dropped out of high school and enrolled in a business school.
Early Adult Years
Things started to go bad when John made sexual advances towards his young male employees.
Childhood of John Wayne Gacy

By, Amanda Ashworth
John was born on March 17, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois.
He was overweight and unathletic as a child.
He had two sisters, one older and one younger.
He was closer to them and his mother rather than his father.
He physically and verbally abused all of the children, but John the most severely.
John loved his father despite the way he was treated.
All John wanted to do was please his father.
After the accident, he suffered from blackouts until age 16 when the clot was discovered and was dissolved with medicine.
At age 17, he faked a heart condition for attention. He had a lot of hospital visits but no cause of the pain he felt was found.
He had newspaper routes after school, a bag boy in a grocery store, and he worked as a stock clerk.
During his high school career, he went through four different schools because he had a hard time making friends and was bullied by his peers.
He excelled at his first job as a management trainee at a footwear company in Springfield, Illinois.
Gacy married one of his co-workers whose father-in-law owned a chain of KFC restaurants.
He began working there as a Manager.
He remained innocent, claiming that the sex was consensual and evidence was being fabricated to spoil his chances of becoming president of his volunteer group, the Jaycees.
Gacy then hired a young man to beat up one of his previous victims.
Gacy was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
His father passed away while he was in prison.
John was abused throughout his childhood by his adored father.
He suffered a head injury that made his father resent him even more.
All he wanted was his fathers approval.
In his late adolescent years, he discovered that he was attracted to men, causing even more resentment from his father.
His crime spree began with sexually assaulting his employees.
His father died during John’s 10 year sentence in prison.
John discovered that he was attracted to men, causing his father o resent him more.
John Wayne Gacy and Victimization
(Victims’ Roles)

By, Amanda Binder
Thesis Statement/ Road Map:
This presentation will examine the victims’ roles in the Gacy serial killings, and show that the victims high risk lifestyles were a contributing factor in their own murders.
Victim Similarities
All were male
Ages between 14 & 18 (except one victim was 25 years old)
A few were 20 years old
All were Caucasian
Usually had brown hair
Believed that Gacy would choose young, attractive men because it was what his father wanted Gacy to be.
Gacy claimed to hate homosexuals and their lifestyles
His negative thoughts towards homosexuality were thought to be prior to his murder series
He would later openly flirt with males & his employees
At his construction company, he was known to hire only young teenage boys
He wanted to seduce the young men
In the beginning
Techniques Used Against Victims
There were many techniques Gacy would use to kidnap and seduce his victims
A survivor claimed that Gacy had shown him a police badge and lured him into a car where he was forced to perform oral sex.
Invite men back to his home where he would offer to show them a magic trick using "fake" handcuffs.
Techniques Continued
Once the victims were manacled, the cuffs were shown to be real
He would overpower them or drug them with chloroform
Strip and gag them often with their own underwear
Then they were either garroted or asphyxiated by their gags
Not known to rape his victims
Forced them to perform oral sex instead
He was known to have raped many of the victims he allowed to survive
After he was arrested, he claimed he developed a rope technique in which he would strangle his victims for hours before they died
The First Link

17 year old male
Gregory Godzik
Worked for Gacy & loved his job
Was able to buy a 1966 Pontiac car due to the money he made from his job
December 12, 1976, Gregory dropped off his date at her house & then drove off towards his home
The following day, police found Gregory’s Pontiac but he was missing
January 20, 1977
John Szyc
19 years old
Had driven off in his car and was never seen again
September 15, 1977
Robert Gilroy
18 years old
Was supposed to catch a bus with friends to go horseback riding, but he never showed up
Robert Piest
More than a year later, after the disappearance of Robert Gilroy, Robert Piest vanished mysteriously
Only 15 years old when he disappeared from just outside the pharmacy where he had worked
His mom was waiting for him inside the pharmacy
He said he would return shortly after talking to a contractor who had offered him a job
He never returned
Lieutenant Joseph Kozenczak led the investigation of the missing teen
Went to Gacy’s house
Gacy said he knew nothing about the boy’s disapperance
Lt. Kozenczak did a background check on him the next day
Found that Gacy served time for committing sodomy on a teenager years earlier
Obtained a search warrant
It was there that they would find the body of Robert Piest
The investigation of Robert Piest ledto not only the discovery of his body, but the bodies of Butkovich, Bonnin, Carroll, Szyc, Gilroy, and 27 other young men who had suffered similar fates.
Jeffery Ringall

Ringall had recently returned from a winter vacation in Florida to his home in Chicago
He decided to reacquaint himself with the city by visiting New Town, a popular area of Chicago where many popular bars and discos could be found
While walking through the area, his path was blocked by a black Oldsmobile
The heavy-set driver (Gacy) leaned out from the window and complimented Ringall on his unseasonable tan. He continued to make small talk and then asked if Ringall wanted to share a joint with him while they rode around town.
He hopped in the car and began to smoke with Gacy
Before they were half way through with the joint, the Gacy grabbed Ringall and quickly shoved a rag over his face doused with chloroform
Once when he was awake, Ringall remembered being in a house and seeing the heavy-set man naked before him. Ringall also remembered seeing on the floor a number of varying sized dildos that the stranger pointed out to him and remarked on how he was going to use them on his unwilling prisoner.
That evening Ringall was viciously raped, tortured and drugged by the sadistic stranger

As explained earlier, most of the victims were male, Caucasian, and typically had brown hair. Some of his victims also worked for him at his construction company
It was believed that Gacy picked young, attractive men because that is what his father wanted him to be. His victims were unaware of their fate. They could not help the fact that they believed Gacy, and worked for him with no suspicion that he was a serial killer.

Those boys happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Did Gacy hurt and murder those men because he was jealous of what they had?
Was he upset that his father would never love him because he was not what his father wanted?
We will never know. However, we do know one thing; John Wayne Gacy was the clown that killed.
The Murders of John Wayne Gacy
By, Victoria Kubiak
Thesis Statement: John Wayne Gacy had full knowledge and extent of his criminal activity, and was purposeful in his method of crime.
Road Map:
In this presentation we will examine
• How he lowered his victims
• How he killed his victims
• How he hid the bodies of his victims

Quick Overview
• John Wayne Gacy, Jr. was an American serial killer and rapist, also known as the Killer Clown, who was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of a minimum of 33 teenage boys and young men
• March 12, 1980, with 11 of the bodies still unidentified
• He was dubbed the "Killer Clown" because he entertained kids at parties as "Pogo the Clown."

How he lured his victims
• He used multiple tactics
Gacy would get young men to his home through posting jobs at his construction company. He would lure them to his house on the pretext of talking to them about a job. Once the boys got inside his home he would overpower them about a job
. Once the boys got inside his home he would overpower them, knock them unconscious and begin his gruesome crime of torture, rape and murder
He made himself well known in his community for his political work and his help to charitable causes
Gacy’s First Victim
Timothy Jack McCoy
• Gacy met his first victim outside the Greyhound Bus Station on Jan. 3, 1972.
• His first victim was not strangled unlike the others, but rather was stabbed in the chest twice
• The first victim was the first one buried in the crawl space beneath the house. But later on when his second wife moved into the house and complained of odors in the basement, he took the opportunity when she was out of town to cover that first body with concrete
How he killed his victims
• His murders were often sadistic
• He enticed many young men to his home for homosexual liaisons, tying or handcuffing his partners then strangling or choking them
• To muffle the screams of his victims, he would stuff a sock or underwear into their mouths
and kill them by pulling a rope or board against their throats, as he raped them.
• sometimes keeping the dead bodies under his bed or in the attic for several hours before eventually burying them in the crawl space

Where he hid them
• He would hide his victims in the crawlspace below his house and allow them to decay
• On the 28th of December, police had removed a total of 27 bodies from Gacy’s house
• There was also another body found weeks earlier, yet it was not in the crawl space
• naked corpse of Frank Wayne "Dale" Landingin was found in the Des Plaines River

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