The John Gacy Tapes, a follow-up to Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes that included three episodes of film relating to the more than 30 murders John Wayne Gacy was found guilty of in December 1978, may have previously been seen by true crime aficionados on Netflix.
This is the second documentary about the case to air in recent years; in 2021, John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise on Peacock debuted and featured an interview that was conducted before his 1992 execution. How then did John Wayne Gacy, also referred to as the “Killer Clown,” end up in custody?
The receipts were absolute proof.
Robert Priest, who was 15 years old at the time, told his mother on December 11, 1978, that he would be speaking with a contractor—John Wayne Gacy—about a better job chance. Later that day, he was reported missing.
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John, who formed the Illinois-based company PDM Contractors in 1970 and was notorious for using young boys for employment, was asked to be questioned by the police. Police acquired a search order to examine John’s residence after he failed to show up, and they discovered a receipt that belonged to Robert’s coworker from the pharmacy. Sadly, it turned out that John had killed Robert and then thrown his body into the Des Plaines River after being summoned in for interrogation.
The results of the second search were even more disturbing.
Behind a door that led to a crawlspace, the police discovered human remains, including bones, after obtaining a second search order for John’s house. They also discovered John Szyc’s high school ring, which had also been reported missing.
Police observation played a role in John Wayne Gacy’s capture.
In addition, to searching John’s residence, the police started following John around the clock in the hopes that Robert Priest would be discovered alive. On this day, he was observed touching marijuana. The next day, while being held by the police, John admitted to the killings and demonstrated to them where the bodies were hidden beneath his house. They started looking on December 23, which attracted a great deal of public interest.
Before being found guilty, John was detained and the subject of multiple investigations.
Following his sodomy conviction in May 1968, John received a 10-year prison term. Due to his exemplary behaviour, he was released after 18 months and received parole in 1970. In addition to charges of physical and sexual abuse, he was connected to situations involving missing people.
John was sentenced to death for his crimes.
On March 12, 1980, John—who worked in construction, politics, and as a comedian at parties—was held responsible for the homicide of 33 young men. The following day, he received a death sentence, and on May 10, 1994, at the Stateville Correctional Facility in Crest Hill, Illinois, he was put to death by lethal injection.
Not all victims have been located as of yet.
John killed roughly 5 or 6 people, but their identities have not yet been determined.