I’m posting this because John Gacy was a well-known, respected, and well-liked member of his community. He was also responsible for some of the most heinous, degenerate, and evil crimes of the 20th century.
(CNN) — “More than three decades after the arrest of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, authorities in Chicago have launched a new effort to identify eight of his 33 victims.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office says new technology has allowed it to obtain DNA profiles for the eight victims, whose remains were recovered from Gacy’s house in late 1978 and early 1979 but were never identified.”
Gacy was convicted in 1980 of raping and killing 33 boys and young men he had lured into his home over a period of six years, promising them construction jobs, drugs and alcohol, or by posing as a police officer or offering money for sex.
Twenty-eight of the bodies were discovered under and around Gacy’s home, with most found in the 40-foot crawl space beneath the house and garage. Gacy said there were four others he had thrown into the Des Plaines River.
Gacy was put to death in 1994.”
(some of Gacy’s identified victims)
“The public coming forward will allow us to do DNA matches that were not available 30 years ago,” Dart said Wednesday. “It’s not intrusive. It’s something that is very straightforward. We have hot lines, websites set up for people to contact us, and in short order, we can conduct any of the matches that need to be done.”
Those interested in giving a DNA sample can contact the Cook County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-942-1950 or http://www.cookcountysheriff.com.