Essay On The Killer Gangster

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Introduction: Criminal Case Facts
John Wayne Gacy, also known as “the Killer Clown,” was 36 years old and living in Des Plaines, Illinois when he was apprehended by police in 1978. By then, Gacy had murdered 33 young men and boys. He was originally arrested on a drug charge, when further investigation of his home, due to the connection that he had to several missing young men, revealed to investigators the horrible contents of the crawlspace underneath his home (Crime Stories, 1999). He was then arrested for murder in 1979 and found guilty of 33 counts of murder in 1980. His murders of the 33 young men took place between the years of 1972 and 1978 and he was given the classification of “serial murderer” ( To people who
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Gacy reportedly had a normal childhood and a loving relationship with both of his parents despite his father being “an abusive alcoholic with a violent temper” that would target Gacy throughout his childhood ( His parents were unabashedly Catholic which led to Gacy later repressing his homosexuality. Speculatively, this could have been a contributing factor to his target group of victims and how he sexually assaulted the young boys that he murdered. His physical condition throughout his youth alienated him from other children at school and was one of the reasons his father looked down on him. However, Gacy desperately wanted his father’s approval but could never gain it. John’s seemingly normal childhood led to him to drop out of high school during his senior year. He left Chicago for Las Vegas and then came back to become a salesman. His glibness allowed him to become a great salesman where he soon after met his first wife and moved to Iowa. He had two children with her and all seemed well. That is, until he was arrested in 1968 for “coercing a male employee into homosexual acts,” he plead guilty, and was sentenced to prison for 10 years ( His wife divorced him after he was convicted and Gacy cut her and his two children out of his life for good. Gacy was sentenced to 10 years in prison but due to his manipulative skills, he proved himself to be a model prisoner and was released after
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