Ah, John Wayne Gacy.. He is truly an enigma.
What I find most fascinating about him is how much of a contrast his life was: The life he shared with his community and the darker side of him.
You often hear about killers who lead double lives but Gacy really shocked those who knew him.
I mean, this is a man who entertained children at parties as his alter-ego “Pogo the Clown”.
He was such a fundamental part of his community that he met with First Lady Rosalynn Carter on May 6, 1978 due to his prominent position as Democratic Party precinct captain.
At the time of the Carter administration, Gacy already had several bodies buried beneath his house.. Chilling how his façade held up so well and allowed him to get so close to the elite.
A true testament to the fact that nobody is what they seem.
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To top it all off he was a respected businessman and three-time Jaycee Man of the Year — but that was the side of John Wayne Gacy that he allowed people to see.
This is the side of Gacy that really captivates me and in many ways even draws parallels to Patrick Bateman, (from the film American Psycho), a wealthy New York investment banking executive who hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, bloodthirsty fantasies.
Just so interesting.