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Transcript of John Gacy
Breakdown of crimes
Gacy was convicted of 33 murders mostly consisting of teenage boys. He was sentenced to death for 12 of those murders( 12 proved to be committed after Illinois passed post-Furman death penalty) and to natural life in prison for the others. Prior to the murders he was charged with sodomy of two teen boys in 1968. He was arrested again in 1971 for a repeat offense but the charges were dropped when the victim failed to appear in court. Gacy was also questioned on the disapearance of two young men in August 1975 and December 1976.
Breakdown of trial
Defense Argument: Sam Amirante said that Gacy had moments of temporary insanity at the time of each individual murder, but regained his sanity before and after to lure and dispose of his victims. While on trial, Gacy joked that the only thing he was guilty of was "running a cemetery without a license." At one point in the trial, Gacy's defense tried to claim that all 33 murders were accidental death as part of erotic asphyxia, but the Cook County Coroner countered this claim with evidence to prove it was impossible.
Breakdown of trial
Prosecution argument: The prosecutor presented information about each of the 33 young victims, with the testimony from friends and relatives, and emphasized the premeditation and rationality of Gacy's actions.
Statements of survived victims
January 3, 1972-December 11,1978
Norwood Park Township home; Cook County, Illinois
List of victims
Tim McCoy, John Butkovich, Darrell Sampson, Randall Reffett, Rick Johnston, Gregory Godzik, John Szyc, Jon Prestige, Matthew Bowman, Robert Gilroy, John Mowery, Russell Nelson, Robert Winch, Tommy Baling, David Talsma, William Kindred, Tim O'Rourke, Frank Landingin, James Mazzara, Robert Piest, Jeff Rignall, Robert Donnelly with another 9 unidentified
Defense tactics: For defense, Gacy's mom told of all his abuse, physical and verbal, from his father. Lillie Grexa took defense showing of how good a neighbor he was. Mrs.Grexa said something that would prove damaging to the case. She refused to say he was crazy. The statement conflicted with the defense's story that he was insane. Defense brought Thomas Eliseo, a psychiatrist, to the bench who said that, in his professional opinion, Gacy suffered from borderline schizophrenia.
Prosecution tactics: They brought a victim's father in as witness. Also brought in friends and family of victims,neighbors, and police officers involved. Next was the testimony of ex-employees. They told of his mood swings, how he would trick them into handcuffs, and Gacy constantly hitting on them. Finally calling in psychiatrists who found Gacy sane during the killings. Before the state rested its case they called some sixty witnesses to the bench.
used to convict
33 bodies, 29 found on his property. They used dental records to identify bodies. 9 bodies went unidentified due to overexposure and decomposition.
Evidence found in Gacy's home
2 driver's licenses, several rings, valium and amyl nitrate, switchblade knife, stained section of rug, pair of handcuffs with keys, 2 wooden planks with 2 holes drilled in the ends, a gun, police badges, sex toys, syringe and needle with a small brown bottle, clothing too small for Gacy, and nylon rope.
Details of capture
Gacy was taken into custody over a charge of drug possession and the court granted the police a warrant to search Gacy's home for the second home since they were granted a warrant in 1976 about the two missing boys. That is when the officers smelt a 'dead-like' scent, that Gacy would tell guests, often his officers that were friends, were the sewer pipes. They went under the houses and the first of 33 bodies emerged.
Outcome of trial
Final verdict: After the closing arguments, the jury deliberated for only two hours before finding Gacy guilty of murdering 33 people. The trial began February 6, 1980 and ended March 13,1980 when he was sentenced to die. He was transported to Menard Correctional Center in Illinois. He would remain there for just over 14 years until he was transported to the Statesville Penitentiary for execution.
Outcome of trial
Execution: On May 9,1994, Gacy sat down for his last meal. The prison guards described him as chatty. In a phone interview before his execution Gacy told a reporter, "There's been 11 hardback books on me, 31 paperbacks, 2 screenplays, 1 movie, 1 off-broadway play, 5 songs, and over 5000 articles. What can I say about it?" He quickly protested "I have no ego for any of this garbage." At 12:58 AM on May 10,1994, Gacy was executed by lethal injection. For his last words, he snarled, "Kiss my @$$."
Breakdown of crimes
Gacy would target teenage boys and young men, usually male prostitutes and runaways. He would pretend to be a cop or use job offers to catch his victims. He would use chloroform on his victims then handcuffing them. Another method of knocking them out was with rope. Gacy would bring them back to his house where he would brutally beat and rape them. If they survived the abuse, he would suffocate them by shoving paper towels and their underwear down their throats. He admitted to sometimes killing more than one in a
day. Gacy would then dispose of the bodies.
"There are four John's." John the contractor, John the clown, and John the politician. The fourth went by Jack Hanley. Jack was the killer and did all the evil.
Still claiming innocence?