John Wayne Gacy

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John Wayne Gacy smiling in his mugshot.

John Wayne Gacy (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer and sex offender who murdered at least 33 young men and boys. John is often referred to as the Killer Clown because he often performed at children's hospitals and charity events as the clown personas he created, "Pogo the Clown" or "Patches the Clown". Gacy was well known in the community as he was an active precinct captain and building contractor.


Victims[edit]

There have been 33 bodies discovered that are confirmed murders of John Wayne Gacy. Out of the 33 discovered bodies, only 27 identities have been confirmed. The bodies were assigned a number (Body #1-33) until they could identify who they were. Investigators discovered the identities of 27 of the bodies through dental records and DNA testing. There are six unidentified victims remaining.

Identified victims[edit]

  • Timothy Jack McCoy (Body 9) 16 years old, murdered on January 3, 1972 and buried in the crawl space.
  • John Butkovich (Body 2) 18 years old, murdered on July 31, 1975 and was buried in the garage.
  • Darrell Julius Samson (Body 29) 18 years old, murdered on April 6, 1976 and was buried under the dining room floor.
  • Randall Wayne Reffett (Body 7) 15 years old, murdered on May 14, 1976 and was buried in the crawl space.
  • Samuel G. Dodd Stapleton (Body 6) 14 years old, murdered on May 14, 1976 and was buried in the crawl space.
  • Michael Bonnin (Body 18) 17 years old, murdered on June 3, 1976 and was buried in the crawl space.
  • William Huey Carroll, Jr. (Body 22) 16 years old, murdered on June 13, 1976 and buried in crawl space.
  • James Byron Haakenson (Body 24) 16 years old, murdered on August 5, 1976 and buried in the crawl space.
  • Rick Louis Johnston (Body 23) 17 years old, murdered on August 6, 1976 and buried in the crawl space.
  • Kenneth Ray Parker (Body 15) 16 years old, murdered on October 24, 1976 and buried in the crawl space.
  • Michael Marino (Body 14) 14 years old, murdered on October 24, 1976 and buried in the crawl space.
  • William George Bundy (Body 19) 19 years old, murdered on October 26, 1976 and buried in the crawl space.
  • Gregory John Godzik (Body 4) 17 years old, murdered on December 12, 1976 and buried in the crawl space.
  • John Alan Szyc (Body 3) 19 years old, murdered on January 20, 1977 and buried in the crawl space.
  • Jon Steven Prestidge (Body 1) 20 years old, murdered on March 15, 1977 and buried in the crawl space.
  • Matthew Bowman (Body 8) 19 years old, murdered on July 5, 1977 and buried in the crawl space.
  • Robert Edward Gilroy, Jr. (Body 25) 18 years old, murdered on September 15, 1977 and buried in the crawl space.
  • John Antheney Mowery (Body 20) 19 years old, murdered on September 25, 1977 and buried in the crawl space.
  • Russell Lloyd Nelson (Body 16) 21 years old, murdered on October 17, 1977 and buried in the crawl space.
  • Robert Winch (Body 11) 16 years old, murdered on November 10, 1977 and buried in the crawl space.
  • Tommy Joe Boling (Body 12) 20 years old, murdered on November 18, 1977 and buried in the crawl space.
  • David Paul Talsma (Body 17) 19 years old, murdered on December 9, 1977 and buried in the crawl space.
  • William Wayne Kindred (Body 27) 19 years old, murdered on February 16, 1978 and buried in the crawl space.
  • Timothy D. O'Rourke (Body 31) 20 years old, murdered on June 16–23, 1978 and buried in the Des Plaines river.
  • Frank William Landingin (Body 32) 19 years old, murdered on November 4, 1978 and buried in the Des Plaines river.
  • James Mazzara (Body 33) 20 years old, murdered on November 24, 1978 and buried in the Des Plaines river.
  • Robert Jerome Piest (Body 30) 15 years old, murdered on December 11, 1978 and buried in the Des Plaines river.

Unidentified victims[edit]

Facial reconstruction of the unidentified victims.
  • Body 28, Male aged 14–18, January 3, 1972 – July 31, 1975, buried in backyard.
  • Body 26, Male aged 23–30, June 13 – August 5, 1976, buried in crawl space.
  • Body 13, Male aged 18–22, August 6 – October 5, 1976, buried in crawl space.
  • Body 21, Male aged 15-24, August 6 – October 24, 1976, buried in crawl space.
  • Body 5, Male aged 22-32, December 1976 – March 15, 1977, buried in crawl space.
  • Body 10, Male aged 17-21, March 15 – July 5, 1977, buried in crawl space.

Investigation[edit]

Pogo the Clown art drawn by Gacy.

Arrest[edit]

Gacy's death certificate.

Death[edit]