John Wayne Gacy, Jr. (1942–94) was an American serial killer who was responsible for the sex-related slayings of 33 young men and teenage boys between 1972 and 1978. A successful and civic-minded businessman, Gacy was a gregarious and outgoing attention seeker who was heavily involved in local Democratic politics and in organizations such as the U.S. Junior Chamber (Jaycees)—characteristics and attributes that may have enabled Gacy to avoid detection for so long. In addition to hosting elaborate street parties for friends and neighbors, Gacy ...

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