John Wayne Gacy (killer clown)

By: Jasmine Glover

Biographical Information

When and where were they born

March 17, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois


Marion Elaine Robinson & John Stanley Gacy


Karen Gacy & Joanne Gacy

Significant Childhood events

His father used to beat on him all the time. his father was violent and a alcoholic

Significant Events

Around this time bread used to be $0.22, milk $1.21, gas $0.34

Also during this time Jim Hines became the first person to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds


Gacy ran away from home at 20 in 1962. He headed to Las Vegas where his cousin was a prostitute. Then he got a job working for an ambulance service. Then found employment in a mortuary (transport bodies from the hospital). He started serving as a pallbearer. Gacy decided to return to Illinois, started taking business classes and also worked as a shoe salesman ran stores in Springfield, IL where he met this lady named Marlynn Myers.


Gacy decided to attend the Kentucky Fried Chicken school in Louisville, Kentucky. They moved to Waterloo, Iowa to operate 3 K.F.C. franchises owned by his wife's father.

Details of crime

In 1968 he got arrested for sodomy. Sodomy mean anal sex, they gave him 10 years in Iowa State Reformatory. Marlynn divorced him. He was paroled in 1970 in June and then he went back to Chicago to live with his mother. She is no longer in this world.


When he was alive, at the time he was the first person to kill that many people. His first murder had happened in January of 1972. It was boy that he had picked up outside of Chicago from a bus station.


John Butkovich, James Mazzara, Robert Winch, Sam Dodd, William George Bundy.

He murder 33 boys and young men between 1972 and 1978.

Outcome of case

He was sentenced for 10 years but got out on parol in 1970

Source Requirements

"John Wayne Gacy." Almanac of Famous People. Gale,2011. Biography in context. Web. 8 Dec.2015

Kifner, John. "Gacy, Killer of 33, Is Put To Death as Appeals Fail." New York Times 11 May 1994. Biography in Context. Web. 9 Dec. 2015.

Sullivan, Terry, and Peter T. Maiken. Killer Clown. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1983. Print