Did You Lock The Door?
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Episode 4 · 2 years ago

Serial Killer: John Wayne Gacy


A deep dive into the life of infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy.


Hello and welcome back to did you lock the door? The podcast? Today I have a very exciting topic for you. I've been researching this guy for days and I'm so excited to tell you all the story of John Wayne Gacy. So, John Wayne Gacy was born on March seventeenth, one thousand nine hundred and forty two, which is St Patrick's Day and also, coincidentally, the same day that my mom and one of my best friend James, were born, so shout out to them. He had two sisters named Joan and Karen, and he actually was indeed given the middle name Wayne, after the famous actor John Wayne. His father hoped that giving him that title would help him grow into a real man's man. His father was described as a self proclaimed man's man. However, he was horrifically abusive, both mentally and physically, to all three of his children and his wife. However, he was especially abusive to John. When he was drunk. He would beat his children with a leather strap and one day, while being beaten, something in John just snapped. He stopped crying and began to show no emotion at all, which would only go on to anger his father more. His father would consistently try to engage John In sports. However, Gaysey was much more interested in things like baking and gardening. Hobby is that his father considered to be feminine. His father is even quoted as saying that he would rather his son be dead than be a homosexual. John's mother was described as incredibly sweet and loving, and she would often try to shield John from his father, which would only stir up more violence towards the both of them. At just seven years old, Gaysey was accused of molesting a neighborhood girl, an accusation that would earn him a particularly brutal beating from his father. Also, at age seven, he would be molested by a family friend. He would keep this from his family, however, due to fear of his father blaming him for the assault and punishing him for it. Gaysey would steal a brawn underwear from his mom, and sometimes he would put them on and just stare at himself in the mirror, even on occasion, putting on Lipstick and wondering what it would have been like to have been born a girl. One day, while playing with fellow neighborhood children, Gaysey passed out. He would then be diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, killing his father's dreams of him becoming an athlete once and for all. John would actually be hospitalized throughout many of his teenage years due to a seizure that caused a ruptured appendix, as well as many other strange medical conditions. In the year nineteen sixty at the age of eighteen, gacy became involved in politics, working as an assistant precinct captain for a Democratic Party candidate in his neighborhood. His father didn't approve of this job, calling him a Patsy for it. In nineteen sixty two, at age twenty, John would leave his family and move to Las Vegas, Nevada. He was tired of his father's consistent abuse and he wanted to try and make it on his own. While out there, he would soon get a job as a mortuary assistant, and he would sleep behind the embalming room. He reports that one night he climbed into the coffin where the body of a teenage boy was laid and cuddled with it before realizing the disturbing nature of his actions and quickly climbing out. Around this time, he was struggling with his sexuality, eventually coming to the realization that he was bisexual. After just three months at this ...

...job, he would move back home with his family in Chicago and, upon returning, he would enroll in northwestern business college and take up a job at a shoe store called the nun Bush Shoe Company. They would soon transfer him to a store in Springfield, Illinois, where he would almost immediately begin dating a co work named Marilyn Myers. Her father was very wealthy and also involved in politics. The two would date for about nine months before marrying in September of nineteen sixty four, Meyers Father Purchased Three Kentucky Fried Chicken Stores and gave John The position of manager. This new job title, however, required Gaycy and his wife to move to Waterloo, Iowa. Upon the move to Waterloo, gacy would join an organization called United States Junior Chamber, also known as the JAC's. This is a leadership, training and civic organization aimed at people ages eighteen to forty. It was in this organization that Gaysey would meet the man that would indulge him in his first consensual homosexual experience. Reportedly, the man invited him over for drinks and once the two were sufficiently intoxicated, the man would perform oral sex on GAYCY. This is sort of a method that gaysey would go on to copy with his later victims. His wife, Marilyn, would have two children, one boy named Michael, born in February of of nineteen sixty six, and a girl named Christine born in March of nineteen sixty seven. GAYCY would go on to describe this as the happiest time in his life, even stating that it was the only time his father ever told him that he was proud of him. Apparently there was a very large swingers culture in Waterloo, the culture in which gacy regular larly partook. He would invite co workers and younger boys to drink and party in his basement, regularly making sexual advances on the younger men. In August of one thousand nine hundred and sixty seven, gaycy would commit his first assault that we know of, on a boy named Donald forhe's, who was the son of one of his friends and fellow JAC's. Donald apparently saw gaycy as sort of a cool older brothers type, so he was able to learn him to his house with the promise of free alcohol and pornography. Once the boy was drunk, gacey performed oral sex on him and, following the incident, gaycy threatened the boy with violence should he report what had happened. Then he paid him fifty dollars for his silence and sent him home. Several other young men would fall victim to Gaycey in a similar manner over the next few months. In March of the following year, Donald voorhees would come cleaned his father about what had happened and they would immediately go to the police. Gacy vehemently denied the charges, claiming that he was being set up and eventually that he and Vorhees had engaged in consensual sexual activity. However, this would not be believed and gaycy would be convicted of sodomy on December three one thousand nine hundred and sixty eight and convicted to ten years in prison. Prior to this conviction, gacy would undergo a psych evaluation which would result in him being diagnosed with Antiso social personality disorder. Throughout his time in prison, Gasey would become friends with many of his fellow inmates and with the prison guards. He also became a chef in the kitchen due to his experience working at KFC, and it was reported that the prison food he made was actually quite delicious. About a year after his conviction, gacy's father would pass away from cirrhosis of the liver. Despite his father's constant abuse, this was a huge blow to gaycy. He was distraught, even reportedly falling to the ground and sobbing upon hearing the news. He felt that his father had died due to the shame he felt after his son was found guilty. On June eighteenth, one thousand nine hundred and seventy, gacy would be granted parole, having served just eighteen months of his ten years sentence,...

...which is absolutely insane if you asked me. Eighteen months for sexually assaulting a child. In February of nineteen seventy one, gacy would be accused of attempting to sexually assault another boy. However, all charges would be dropped when the victim did not appear in court. GAYCY's mother would eventually gift him the funds that would allow the two of them to move into a home in Northwood Park, township, Illinois together. This would be the infamous home in which all of the crimes were committed and most of the bodies were found. Very quickly after moving in, gacey would become engaged to a woman named Carol Hoff. The two had been friend ends during high school, so it wasn't hard for them to jump right into a relationship. Hoff had two young daughters and they reportedly took very well to Gaycy, calling him daddy almost immediately. gacy would tell his wife that he was bisexual, and it did not seem to face her or reportedly she accepted him immediately. GAYCY and Hoff's wedding date was set for July first one thousand nineteen seventy two. One week before this, a young man named Jackie d would accuse Gaycy of impersonating a police officer in order to lure him into his car and force him to perform oral sex. D would, however, attempts to blackmail Gaycy, asking him for money in exchange for dropping the charges. Once this was discovered, the charges would be dropped anyway, and Gaycy and Hoff would go on to marry on their scheduled date. GACY started a contracting business named pedm contractors, a business which quickly became successful and he would make it a habit higher teenage boys on his contracting business. In nineteen seventy three, gacy would take one of these boys to Florida for work one night. While they were there, gacy reportedly raped the boy in his hotel room and upon returning to Illinois, the boy would show up at Gaycy's house and beat him. However, his wife's mother would step in before the beating got too severe. Gacy explained the situation away by saying he had refused to pay the boy for poor quality work and the boy had last shout violently in response. GACY would once again become involved with the Democratic Party, and all of his co workers and neighbors described him as friendly and helpful. Gaycy was able to become such a pillar in the community so quickly because, moving from I was Illinois, no one had any idea of his jail time or any of the charges that had been brought against him previously, so there was no reason for any of them to suspect that he wasn't the kind charismatic man they had all come to know and love. In one thousand nine hundred and seventy five, gacy would be given the position of director for the Polish Constitution Day parade, and it was through this work that he was able to meet and take the infamous photograph with First Lady Rosalind Carter. Gacy. Would also become involved in his local Moose Club, which is a fraternal organization located in Moose Heart, Illinois, and it was through this organization that he began volunteering his time to dress up as a clown to entertain children at local hospitals as well as town fundraising events. He named his Personna Poco, the clown and the makeup look that he used was actually used as inspiration for two thousand and Nineteens Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix. Something interesting about gaycy's clown makeup was that clowns usually go for soft edges and circles because they're seen as less harsh and more friendly to children. However, gaycy would use triangles and hard edges for his clown makeup. After gaycy and his wife had sex on Mother's Day of Nineteen seventy five, he informed her that this would be the quote last time that they ever had sex. After this, he would take to staying out all night, telling his wife he had to work late. She would discover gay horn in his obsession, and this, combined with him becoming meaner...

...and meaner towards her, led to the couple divorcing in nineteen seventy six. We're going to jump back a little bit to January of Nineteen seventy two. So four years earlier, gacy would offer a ride to a sixteen year old boy named Timothy Jack McCoy. Gacy took the boy home with him with a promise of driving him wherever he needed to go the next morning. Reportedly, gacy awoke the next day to see McCoy standing in his doorway holding a kitchen knife. He ran at the boy, slammed his head against the bedroom wall and then stabbed him repeatedly in the chest. He says that he felt drained after committing the murder, but also stated that he achieved a state of pleasure he had never before experienced. He now knew that he would have to kill to achieve this sensation. After murdering McCoy, Gacy said that he walked into the kitchen to find the table set for two. He then realized what had just occurred. The boy had come in to wake him up for breakfast and had simply forgotten to put down the knife. Gasey reportedly committed his second murder in January of nineteen seventy four, so two years later, he says, he learned a boy that must have been between the ages of fourteen and eighteen into his home before strangling him and hiding his body in his closet. Throughout the body's time and Gaycy's closet, flewid leaked out of the boy's mouth and stained his carpet. Gasey says that this incident led him to stuff cloth inside the mouths of his victims from now on. Nineteen seventy five would be the year that Gaycy really got into cruising, an activity which involved driving around town until he found a man willing to engage in sexual activity. In July of nineteen seventy five, gaycy would show up to the home of one of his employees, a fifteen year old boy named Anthony Ant Sinuchi. gacy offered the boy alcohol, which he accepted, and once he was drunk, gacy asked the boy if he would like to see a magic trick. After saying yes, gaycy would handcuff ant SINUCI, and it's important note that, while doing this, gacy was fully dressed as pogo, the clown. He began to speak in a high pitched voice and even started growling and barking like a dog. Then he began taunting the boy, saying quotes I'm going to rape you, all the while still using a singsongy and high pitched voice. He then knocked ant Sinuchi to the floor and the two began to wrestle. Miraculously, ant Sinuchi was able to break free of the cuffs and to put them on Gaycy. After freaking out, gacy eventually said that he would leave if the boy simply removed the handcuffs, and Nucci agreed, and he recalls a chilling statement made by gaycy right before he left his home. Not only are you the one who got out of the cuffs, you got them on me. Just one week after this incident, gacy would learn another of his employees, eighteen year old John but Kevic, to his home with the promise of settling a financial dispute the two were having. Gacy owed him two weeks worth of pay, and but Kevic was very excited to finally settle this dispute. Once inside, gacy used a similar ruse to handcuff the boy and then he reportedly quote, sat on his chest for a while before strangling him to death. He then buried the body under the floor of his garage. GACY's wife and children were visiting family in Arkansas at the time and when they came home they had no idea the horrors that lived beneath their floor. When BUKAVIC's father called Gaycy to inquire about his son's whereabouts, Gasey told him that he had left his house safe and sound and that he would be more than happy to help him search for his son. Gasey would reportedly fall into routine of getting his victims drunk, convincing them to put on handcuffs, raping them and then strangling them to death with a rope. GACY would reach his homicidal peak between the years nineteen seventy six and nineteen seventy eight. He remember was recently divorced at...

...this time and now had the house to himself. Just one month after divorcing his wife, gacy would abduct and murder eighteen year old Darryl Sampson, followed just a couple of weeks later by fifteen year old Randall reffit it is believed that Gaysey might have taken two boys in one night, because just hours after refit disappeared, fourteen year old Samuel Stapleton would also vanish. The two would be found berries together in Gaycy's crawl space. In June of nineteen seventy six, gacy would have ducked, rape and murder seventeen year old Michael Bonan and sixteen year old William Carroll. He would also go on to murder a man that has yet to be identified in July of nineteen seventy six. So just a month later and eighteen year old employee of Gaycy's named David Cram moved in with him. Gacy tried to handcuff him on numerous occasions. However, once crame realized his true intentions, he, on one of these occasions, kicked gacy in the face, knocking him out, and was able to retrieve the key and free himself from the cuffs. However, this incident did not convince him to move out, I have no idea why. And sometime later Kram awoke to find gacy standing in his bedroom door. Gasey would say, Dave, you really don't know who I am. Maybe it would be good if you give me what I want. By some miracle, however, Cram was able to resist gacy's advances and he moved out of the home the next day. He also quit working for pedium contractors, although he would pick up work from gaycy in frequently over the coming years. In December thirty one thousand nineteen seventy seven, gacy abducted nineteen year old Robert Donnally. He then took donnally to his home where he proceeded to rape and torture him with various devices, even repeatedly dunking his head into the bathtub which he had filled with water, until Donnelly passed out. He would then revive the boy and start the process all over. After hours of this torture, Gaycy, for unknown reasons, drove donnally to his place of work, remove the handcuffs and released him. donnally reported the assaults and gaycy would be questioned. On January sixth of nineteen seventy eight. GAYCY would admit to having what he would describe as slave sex with donnally, but he told the police that everything was consensual. They believed him and no charges would be filed. In March of Nineteen Seventy Eight, gacy Lord at Twenty six year old named Jeffrey rignall into his car. Upon entering the vehicle, the young man would be immediately chloroformed and driven to Gaycy's home, where he would be raped and tortured with various instruments that included whips and even lit candles. Gacy then drove rignall back to Lincoln Park where he was dumped. Gasey thought the boy was dead, but he actually was just unconscious. He would eventually manage to crawl his way home to his girlfriend's apartment and eventually, despite the chloroform haze of the night, rignall was able to recall gaycy's distinctive black oldsmobile and he would actually stake out some exits on the expressway where he knew gacy had picked him up, until he eventually did see the car, which rignal and his friends would follow to eight two, one three West Summer Dale, the address of Gaycey's infamous murder house. Police issued an arrest warrant and gaycy would officially be arrested in December of one thousand nine hundred and seventy eight. For the murders. On the evening of December twenty, gacy actually drove to his lawyer's Office for a prearranged meeting that the two had. He was visibly intoxicated and even asked his lawyer from more alcohol upon arrival, which he was provided. Gacy then noticed a copy of a newspaper titled The daily Harold on his lawyer's desk. He picked it up, pointed... an article on the front page discussing the disappearance of a boy named Robert Peast and he told his lawyer quote, this boy is dead, he's in a river. Over the hours that followed, gaycy would ramble his way through confessions, some of which included him saying he had been the judge, jury and executioner of many, many people, most of whom were buried inside his very own home. He would refer to his victims as Hustlers, liars and even prostitutes, and discussed the rope trick that he would use. The rope trick was a method he would use to strangle his victims to death. He would use a rope to tie a tourniquet around their necks and tighten it until they were no longer alive. On other occasions, he says that he has no memory of the crimes. He would just awake to find the kids dead, apparently strangle to death on his floor, with their hands always cuffed behind their backs as a result of the alcohol he had consumed. GAYCY would pass out midway through his confession and when he awoke the next morning, Gaycy was flabbergasted to find that he had confessed to killing approximately thirty people, stating quotes. Well, I can't think about this right now, I've got things to do. He would then immediately leave the office and go home, where he apparently attended to business inquiries. GAYCY would be brought to trial on February six one thousand nine hundred and eighty, and he would be charged with the murder of thirty three young boys. He was tried in Cook County Illinois because it was believed that his home county would have been too biased again to him. At the request of his defense counsel, gacy spent over three hundred hours in the year before his trial with the doctors that the mendered correctional center. He underwent a variety of psychological tests before the psychiatrist would eventually determine him mentally competent to stand trial. Dr Robert Stein, a medical examiner in charge of examining gaycy's victims, testified that thirteen victims had died of asphyxiation, six of literature strangulation and only one of multiple stab wounds to the chest. For Ten of the victims, the exact cause of death could not be determined, although they were all ruled homicides. Jeffrey rignall would take the stand to testify against Gacy, repeatedly breaking down while describing the horrific torture that he had endured at Gacey's hands. Eventually, after vomiting, he was excused and no longer had to testify. When the trial finally came to a conclusion, the jury would deliberate for a little over two hours before delivering their guilty verdict and sentencing John Wayne Gaycy to death for the horrible atrocities that he had committed. Gaycy would be incarcerated for fourteen years in the mettered correctional center before, on May Ninth, one thousand nine hundred and ninety four, the day of execution, would finally come. For his last meal, gacy would order a bucket of his favorite Kentucky Fried Chicken, some Fried Shrimp, French fries, strawberries and, to top it all off, a diet coke, which is actually my mom's favorite soda. So, mom, that's something else you have in common with John Wayne Gaycy. He would be permitted to share this meal with his family and he would later be taken into the execution chamber and, after eighteen minutes and with his final words being kiss my ass, John Wayne Gaycy would finally pay the ultimate punishment for his crimes on May ten, one thousand nine hundred and ninety four, at twelve fifty eight in the morning. So that was a lot of very dark in brutal information. I did not cover every single one of Gaycy's killings, but I would like to take the time now to go...

...over the names of all of his known victims. I just want to honor them a bit by doing that, and I'm going to get this list off of Wikipedia. Just want to list my source. So the first known victim is Timothy Jack McCoy, who was aged sixteen. The second was John Buckvic, age eighteen, the Third Daryl Sampson, also age eighteen. The fourth, Randall Wayne Ruffit, age fifteen. The fifth Samuel Stapleton, aged fourteen, the sixth Michael Bonan, aged seventeen. The Seventh William Carroll, age sixteen. The eight James Byron Hackinson, aged sixteen. The ninth Rick Johnston, age seventeen. The ten Kenneth Ray Parker, aged sixteen. The Eleven Michael Morino, age fourteen. The Twelve William George Bundy. That's a fun little tie into Ted Bundy, age nineteen. The thirteen Gregory Godzick, age seventeen. The fourteen John Syke, age nineteen. The fifteen John Stephen Prestige, age twenty. The Sixteen Matthew Bowman, age nineteen. The Seventeen Robert Edward Gilroy, age eighteen. The eighteen would be John Anthony Malory, age nineteen. The nineteen Russell Lloyd Nelson, aged twenty one. The Twenty Robert Winch, age sixteen. The twenty one Tommy Joe Bowling, aged twenty. The twenty two David Paul Talsma, age nineteen. The twenty three will Aam Wayne kindred, age nineteen. The twenty four Timothy Dio Rourke, age twenty. The Twenty Five Frank William Landing, age nineteen, the twenty six James Nazare, age twenty, and the twenty seven Robert Jerome Pist, age fifteen. I've only gone through twenty seven names and, as we know, gacy would kill a known thirty three young boys, twenty eight through thirty three have yet to be identified. You can find pictures of those John Doe's with a simple Google search. So if you're interested in helping return those victims to their families and helping them find closure, I definitely recommend doing that. I know this is been a very heavy episode, so thank you so so much for listening and I just want to make sure. Did you lock your door? I know this is been a very heavy episode, so thank you so so much for taking the time out of your day to listen and before I let you go, I just want to double check. Did you lock the door?.

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