John Wayne Gacy was convicted of the torture, rape and murder of 33 males between 1972 until his arrest in 1978.
He was dubbed the “Killer Clown” because he entertained kids at parties as “Pogo The Clown.”
He was eventually convicted and sentenced to death. On May 10, 1994, Gacy was executed by lethal injection.
Gacy was a popular man around his community and he also enhanced his façade as the neighbourhood good guy, throwing hugely popular parties and barbecues, but increasingly people began to notice the curious smells that emanated from the floor, which Gacy blamed on moisture build-up in the crawl space under the house.
The police became suspicious of Gacy when a mother of one boy who was to meet Gacy about a job never returned home.
When the police saw Gacy’s criminal record they began to keep a close eye on him.
Gacy, in his usual bizarre behavior, invited the police in for coffee.
The police accepted the invitation and once inside they became overwhelmed by a strong odor which they recognized as possibly coming from a decaying dead body.
The police then obtained a search warrant and uncovered 29 bodies in the crawlspace of Gacy’s house.
The bodies were all male and ranged in age from nine years old to their mid-20s. Later Gacy admitted to more killings in which he dumped the bodies into a nearby river.
In searching for all possible victims, the police excavated Gacy’s yard and gutted the house, eventually tearing it completely down.