This is going to be a post on the monstrosities John Wayne Gacy committed, and up until his death. These entries are usually the hardest for me to write about. This man had at least 33 victims all of which were under 25 years of age. It truly hurts to think of how many lives he affected and ruined.
After Gacy’s homoerrotic experience during the birth of his first child, it seemed that he hungered for more. Now that he had become a political icon within his community, there was no chance of him admitting to his homosexuality.
I often wonder if he were free to admit that he was a homosexual, that things would have been different. If he didn’t have to hide who he truly was, and was allowed to live as he wished. While I do not sympathise with this psycho, I do wonder if contributing parties had anything to do with the way things went.
Gacy’s first offense was on a 15 year old boy named Donald Voorhees. He gave the boy alcohol, and got him to perform oral sex. Half a year later, Voorhees told his father what had happened, and his father went to the police. Gacy was charged with oral sodomy, on both Voorhees and another boy by the name of Edward Lynch who was only 16.
Gacy denied the charges on both counts, and offered to take a polygraph test which he failed.
Gacy hired an 18 year old Russell Schroeder to intimidate Donald into not testifying at the trial. Russell carried out the plan, and was caught after Donald went to police. Gacy was ordered to go to a hospital where they determined that he had antisocial personality disorder, but was competent enough to stand trial.
Gacy was released with 1 year parole after serving only 18 months of his 10 year sentence. While incarcerated, Gacy’s father died. he was denied leave to attend the funeral.
Gacy was married twice. Once before he was incarcerated, and once after. It’s known that he beat both wives, and was described as “mysterious” by both women. During his second marriage to Carole Hoff, he admitted that he was bisexual. He would come home in the early mornings with the excuse that he was working late. She found gay pornography, and would even catch him in the act of inviting boys into the garage.
In 1972, Gacy had invited 15 year old Timothy McCoy over from the greyhound station and promised to bring him back the next morning. After their night together, Gacy said that he awoke to find McCoy in the doorway with a knife. There was an altercation, and Gacy’s forearm was cut. After Gacy pinned the boy, he stabbed him repeatedly, then buried him in the crawlspace of his home, and sealed the grave with concrete.
It turns out that the table was with a breakfast for 2, and when McCoy came in with the knife, it was because he had been cooking. Gacy thought he was trying to kill him, and killed McCoy instead. He later stated that he realized killing was the ultimate thrill. While he was completely drained and tired after killing the boy, he was able to achieve orgasm.
I found that bit of information to be incredibly interesting. It’s almost as if he already had the idea in his head that no one would ever willingly go along with his sexual demands. Although he achieved orgasm, and did get a thrill from killing the boy, I don’t think his initial intention.
After the unintentional murder of Timothy McCoy, Gacy’s next murder would be 2 years after. He killed an unidentified teen between the ages of 14-19. He hid the boy in the closet before burying him in the same crawlspace that McCoy was buried in.
After his second murder, he started killing more frequently. Here is an identified victims list that I obtained through wikipedia. They list the dates which gives you a better understanding of the frequency at which he killed.
(14) May 14, 1976
Robert Piest was Gacy’s final victim. Rob Piest worked at a pharmacy in Des plaines, Illinois. He was approached by Gacy and asked if he would be interested in working for Gacy’s company. Rob needed the money, so he went with Gacy, and was never seen again. After his family reported his disappearance, they hounded their local police. Eventually a search warrant was served to Gacy, and upon searching his home, officials discovered the crawl space under his house. Robert Piest wasn’t found on the property because GAcy had run out of space, and started dumping bodies in the Des Plaines river, and that was were Rob’s body was discovered in 1979.
On March 13, 1980, Gacy was convicted for 33 murders, and sentenced to death for 12 of them by lethal injection. The initial execution date was set for June 2, 1980, but was later changed to May 10, 1994. This is a link to his public record/information on the sentencing and and the victims he was charged for.
After the confirmation of his death by lethal injection on May 10, 1994 at 12:58am, his brain was removed for research pertaining to the brain function of serial killers. There were no abnormalities found.