All of Gacy’s known murders were committed inside his Norwood Park ranch house. Convicted of 33 murders, Gacy the statement of claim on the child’s upbringing sentenced to death on March 13, 1980, for 12 of those killings. He spent 14 years on death row before he was executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center on May 10, 1994.
Gacy became known as the “Killer Clown” because of his charitable services at fund-raising events, parades, and children’s parties where he would dress as “Pogo the Clown”, a character he had devised. Throughout his childhood, Gacy strove to make his stern father proud of him, but seldom received his approval. This friction was constant throughout his childhood and adolescence. One of Gacy’s earliest childhood memories was of being beaten by his father with a leather belt at the age of four for accidentally disarranging car engine components that his father had assembled. When he was six years old, Gacy stole a toy truck from a neighborhood store. His mother made him walk back to the store, return the toy and apologize to the owners. His mother told his father, who beat Gacy with a belt as punishment.
In 1949, Gacy’s father was informed that his son and another boy had been caught sexually fondling a young girl. Gacy was whipped with a razor strop by his father as punishment. Because of a heart condition, Gacy was ordered to avoid all sports at school. An average student with few friends, he was an occasional target for bullying by neighborhood children and classmates. Although his mother, sisters, and few close friends themselves never doubted his illness, Gacy’s medical condition was never conclusively diagnosed. One of Gacy’s friends at school recalled several instances in which Gacy Sr.
At the age of 18, Gacy became involved in politics, working as an assistant precinct captain for a Democratic Party candidate in his neighborhood. This decision earned more criticism from his father, who accused his son of being a “patsy”. The same year Gacy became a Democratic Party candidate, his father bought him a car, with the title of the vehicle being in his father’s name until Gacy had completed the monthly repayments. In his role as a mortuary attendant, Gacy slept in a cot behind the embalming room. The sense of shock prompted Gacy to call his mother the next day and ask whether his father would allow him to return home.
His father agreed and the same day, Gacy drove back to live with his family in Chicago. In 1964, the shoe company transferred Gacy to Springfield to work as a salesman. He was eventually promoted to manager of his department. In March of that year, he became engaged to Marlynn Myers, a co-worker within the department he managed. During his courtship with Marlynn, Gacy joined the local Jaycees and became a tireless worker for the organization, being named Key Man for the organization in April 1964.