One of the most famous cases studied in the subjects of forensic psychology is that of John Wayne Gacy, an individual who, in front of others, was adorable, but who committed dozens of crimes, torture and abuse.
Gacy was going to camel the young men after dressing up as a clown, so many of them agreed to stay with him. Coulrophobia is an irrational fear of clowns, and although these characters often entertain the little ones, in this terrible case the fear of clowns is totally justified. His story has inspired several films because of his brutality.
Who is John Wayne Gacy?
John Wayne Gacy, Jr. he was one of America’s most famous serial killers, And committed his crimes in the 1970s. In 1978 he was arrested and in 1994 executed for the deaths of 33 youths who were buried in their homes or thrown into the Des Plaines River (the rest) in Illinois.
He was popularly called “the killer clown” because he threw neighborhood parties and invited neighbors to his barbecues in his backyard, while entertaining the younger ones, oddly where he had buried his victims. As an entertainment character he was known as “Pogo the Clown”.
The birth of a monster
John Wayne Gacy, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was the second of three children. His father was a sexist who always criticized him. He was also an alcoholic, so little Gacy didn’t have an easy childhood. At the age of 11, he suffered a blow to the head with a swing which caused a blood clot in his head which went unnoticed until the age of 16, when he began to experience pain. dizziness
During his high school years, his family moved several times, which forced him to resort to different schools and become a strange person with little emotional stability. Despite the difficulties, he graduated in business administration from Northwestern Business College.
After an internship at the Nunn-Bush Shoe Company, he was promoted in 1964 and transferred to Springfield, Illinois. While working there he met a worker who would become his wife, Marlynn Myers, and they consummated their marriage the following year in 1065. His parents, who acquired several premises in the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise (KFC), offered him a managerial position in Waterloo, Iowa. Gacy accepted the possibility of going to work outside the home.
Living in Waterloo, he had two children and was involved with various charities in the area. And despite the stability of the family, rumors about his homosexuality quickly spread in his neighborhood. It was said that he had made intimate proposals to various young people working in the restaurant. Despite these rumors, the Jaycess Club named him “honorary vice-president” of the Waterloo Jaycees in 1967.
At that time, his professional life was perfect, but not his personal life, in which he quickly began to have serious problems. He has been unfaithful to his wife on several occasions and has started using drugs. He also built a room in his basement where he invited young people to drink and tried to have sex with some of them.
Reported and jailed
But his romance with the people of Waterloo would soon end, as he received several complaints from young people flocking to his basement. Mark Miller was the first to go to police claiming he was tied up and abused during one of the killer clown’s home visits. John Wayne Gacy he was sentenced to 10 years in prison but his good behavior allowed him to be on the streets at 18 months. His wife divorced and he never saw his two children again.
After his release from prison, Gacy returned to Illinois to live with his mother, and in 1971, with financial assistance from his mother, he purchased a house at 8213 West SUMMERDALE Avenue in an area of Chicago.
His most macabre crimes
After his time in prison, Gacy was responsible for leaving his past behind and was well received by the residents of the new town where he lived. In fact, he was a kind and loving person because he organized barbecues at his house and dressed up as a clown to entertain younger and sick children. Few of the neighbors could imagine the kind of person he was.
In 1972, he married Carole Hoff, but their marriage ended in 1976 because he declared that they did not have intimate relationships and that he had discovered that he pleased adult magazines with homosexual content.
There, the killer clown has committed dozens of murders, including that of a young man named Darell Samson who came to the West SUMMERDALE Avenue home and never saw him alive again. During this decade, Gacy continued to abuse, torture and murder scores of young people.. Some of his victims were Randall Reflett, Samuel Stapleton, William Carroll, Rick Johnston Gregory Godzik … so up to a total of 33 innocent young people. The youngest is 14 and the oldest is 21.
His arrest and execution
It was from 1977 that Gacy began to have a bad reputation, especially after the disappearance of a 19-year-old boy, a young man was arrested for driving his vehicle. The young man arrested claimed that the car was sold to him by Gacy. Although Gacy had previously received several complaints that had gone unheard, that all changed in 1978, when 26-year-old Jeffrey Rignall accused him of attacking him with a cloth damp in chloroform. When he woke up, was immobilized in the killer clown’s basement where he was abused and tortured by Gacy.
After several hours of suffering, Rignall woke up in the middle of a field surrounded by snow, and was severely physically damaged. Still, he managed to get out of the place. His ordeal would last a few more months because, although he identified his attacker in a photo, the police did not believe him. He then hired a lawyer who applied for the arrest warrant, and although Gacy was investigated, he was surprisingly released.
However, he was not so lucky with Robert Piest, his latest victim. Since he left several clues and didn’t realize that his parents were waiting for him at home and they knew that his son had gone to see Gacy. As his son was slow to return, they started looking for him and contacted the police. Several officers returned home and Gacy didn’t have time to hide the corpse of the boy she had just strangled.
Police found the bodies at his home, and Gacy himself eventually confessed that he threw the rest into the river. He was convicted and executed in May 1994.
Possible explanations for the case of the killer clown
This terrifying case has become popular in the United States and is currently being studied in forensic psychology courses and topics, as well as other cases such as Petiso Orejudo or Beth.
Psychologists have brought different opinions and explanations on the causes of the personality of this serial killer. Some people point out the bad relationship with his father who, in addition to being an alcoholic, treated him very badly during his childhood.. Others believe that the blow he received to the head and the fainting spells he suffered from the age of 16 had something to do with his macabre behavior. Some psychoanalysts have even suggested that the murder of these young people was the unconscious expression of self-hatred for their own homosexuality, a condition they never assumed.
After his death, Gacy’s brain was extracted. But the forensic psychiatrist who examined him, and despite the speculations of many professionals, found no abnormalities that could explain Gacy’s violent behavior. This same coroner claimed that John Wayne Gacy did not meet the characteristic psychological profile of a serial killer and Dr. Morrison, who met John himself and studied various killers like Ed Gein, is his role as a psychiatrist witness. in the case, I say, “Gacy had the emotional structure of a child.”