Tuesday, December 20, 2011


On December 21st, 1978, police in Des Plaines, IL, arrested child killer and part-time party clown John W. Gacy Jr. and began the gruesome task of unearthing the remains of 33 men and boys that he was later convicted of killing.

What?  Too much?

Arguably, one of the most chilling serial killers in American history, he was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994 at the age of 52.

Hi kids!
He performed at children's parties and charitable events under the name "Pogo the clown" and by the time he was done, had managed to squirrel away the bodies of at least 29 people on his property. Twenty-six bodies were found in the crawlspace under his house, one was buried under the concrete floor of the garage, another in a pit beneath his barbeque grill and a final body was found buried beneath the joists of his dining room floor.

The crawlspace
Of course, there were others, but final count may never be known. 

Comedian Ray Romano famously said -- about his modestly supportive childhood -- that he (Romano) was three hugs away from being an accountant.

Gacy, not so much.

Though incarcerated for fourteen years before his execution, Gacy was said to be a model prisoner. He spent most of his time studying law books and filing countless appeals and motions on his own behalf. When he wasn't doing that, he painted clown portraits and sold them to people on the outside.  Some have sold at auction for up to $20,000.

Right up to his death, he minimized his involvement in all but five of the murders and showed no remorse for his crimes. His last words -- uttered in the moments before his execution -- were "kiss my ass..."


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