John Wayne Gacy
Born on March 17, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. The son of Danish and Polish parents, Gacy was a self-made building contractor and Democratic precinct captain in the Chicago suburbs in the 1970s. Well liked in his community, Gacy married twice and had two children. But on December 21, 1978, a police search of Gacy?s house uncovered the grisly truth. Within days, Gacy confessed to killing 33 boys and young men, the majority of whom had been buried in his crawl space.
Gacy lured his victims to his home with the promise of construction work, eventually sexually assaulting, torturing and strangling them with rope. He would sometimes be dressed as his alter ego, Pogo the Clown, and he told police the killings were committed by an alternate personality, Jack Hanson. However, during his trial in 1980, psychiatrists testified Gacy was not a multiple personality.