John Wayne Gacy (The Killer Clown) BY: H A N N A H B E A U D O I N Background Born in Chicago, Illinois on March 17,1942 Abusive childhood/conflict over his sexuality Drunken father who beat the children with a razor strap if they misbehaved Gacy was unable to play with other children at school due to a congenital heart condition Attended 4 high schools during his senior year before dropping out and moving to Las Vegas Became a janitor, but was unhappy so he moved back to Chicago Early 1960s- Went to business college and discovered he was a born salesman 1968- Arrested for the first time *See Chart 1971- Became a self-made building contractor Feb. 1971- Second run-in with the law *See Chart
Dressed up as Pogo the Clown to entertain at childrens parties on the side Married and divorced twice; had children CRIMES Crime Date Victims Punishment -Attempted to coerce a male into homosexual acts -Pled guilty to sodomy 1968 One of his employees
Felony-10 years in Iowas State Mens Reformatory in Anamosa (After serving 18 months, was paroled and moved back to Chicago) Attempted rape (Attempted Sexual Assault) February 1971 A young man Charges were dropped when the victim didnt
show up to court for the hearing 33 counts of MurderGacy killed 33 young men and boys. He buried most of them under his house, but discarded the others in the Des Plaines River Confessed on December 22, 1978 Timothy McCoy, John Butkovitch, Darrell Sampson, Randall Reffett, Samuel Stapleton, Michael Bonnin, William Carroll, Rick Johnston, Kenneth Parker, Michael Marino, Gregory Godzik, John
Szyc, Jon Prestidge, Matthew Bowman, Robert Gilroy, John Mowery, Russell Nelson, Robert Winch, Tommy Boling, David Talsma, William Kindred, Timothy O' Rourke, Frank Landingin, James Mazzara, Robert Piest *8 unidentified Sentenced to death by lethal injection Felony- a crime, typically one involving violence, regarded as more serious than a misdemeanor Sexual Assault- any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs
without the explicit consent of the recipient Murder- the unlawful premeditated killing of one human by another Lethal Injection- an injection administered for the purposes of euthanasia or as a means of capital punishment Most Recent Crime December 11, 1978- 15 year old Robert Piest went missing December 12, 1978- police focus on Gacy, who was seen with the boy before he went missing Police got a warrant on Gacys home and found crucial evidence in his crawl space
Warrant- a document issued by a legal or government official authorizing the police or some other body to make an arrest, search premises, or carry out some other action relating to the administration of Evidence Against Gacy Roll of film belonging to Piest found in Gacys home 29 bodies were recovered on Gacys property, including the body of Robert Piest Signs of strangulation on victims Nylon rope on his property (used for strangulation) Clothing of younger men found in his
house Sentence Sentenced to death by lethal injection Executed on 5/10/94 Gacys last words: Kiss my ass. Social Control Theory I believe Gacys deviant behavior is due to the Social Control Theory. Gacy cared about what others thought of him and tried to conform to social expectations. Gacy participated in the community and made himself look like a kind man. He concealed his criminal behavior by making himself appear to be a normal citizen. I also believe the Social Control Theory applies to John Wayne Gacy because of his childhood. His attachments to social bonds were broken at a young age when he was abused by his father. He was also bullied in school and didnt have many friends at all. Gacys turbulent relationship with his father combined with his loneliness at school could have been recipe for disaster and caused his murderous spree. Gacy could have murdered as a way to get back at his father for not being there for him, or simply to get back at the
children who didnt pay attention to him in school. Culutral References Books- John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster, Killer Clown, The Chicago Killer, Johnny and Me, Destination Gacy, ect. Movies- Dear Mr. Gacy, To Catch a Killer, Gacy Songs- Clownin Around, Gacys Lot, 33 Something, Johnnys in Love with You
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