NAME: John Wayne Gacy
SPAN OF MURDERS: 1972 - 1978
NUMBER OF VICTIMS: 33
SENTENCE: Sentenced to death.
DATE OF BIRTH: 17/03/1942
DATE OF DEATH: 10/05/1994
STATUS: Executed by lethal injection in Illinois
MORE INFO: All of Gacy's known murders were committed inside his home. His victims would typically be lured to the address by force or deception, and all but one victim were murdered by either asphyxiation or strangulation with a tourniquet (his first victim was stabbed to death). Gacy buried 26 of his victims in the crawl space of his home. Three further victims were buried elsewhere on his property, while the bodies of his last four known victims were discarded in the Des Plaines River. Gacy was known as the "Killer Clown" due to his charitable services at fundraising events, parades and children's parties where he would dress as "Pogo the Clown", a character he devised himself.
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