John Wayne Gacy
Is there anything as creepy as clowns? Anyone who has read the book "It" by Stephen king understands. As a young boy I have always had a fear of them and now that I am a man they still freak me the hell out. John Wayne Gacy is the epitome of what people fear about clowns, hiding behind a costume, gaining the trust of innocent children so he can fulfill his evil desires.
Born on March 17, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, John Wayne Gacy faced an abusive childhood and conflict over his sexuality.
To everyone who met him, John Wayne Gacy seemed a likable and affable man. He was widely respected in the community, charming and easy to get along with. He was a good Catholic and sharp businessman who, when not running his construction company was active in the Jaycees and was also a Democratic Party precinct captain, when he had his photo taken with then First Lady, Rosalynn Carter. He also spent much of his free time hosting elaborate street parties for his friends and neighbors, serving in community groups and entertaining children as "Pogo the Clown". He was a generous, hard working, friendly, devoted family man, everyone knew that -- but that was the side of John Wayne Gacy that he allowed people to see.
Underneath the smiling mask of the clown was the face of depraved fiend.
After being convicted of sexual assault in 1968, it was discovered that he had gone on to kill 33 young males, burying most under his home. He was found guilty in 1980 and given multiple death penalty and life sentences. He was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994.