John Wayne Gacy Crime Profile

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Criminal Profile John Wayne Gacy is one of America’s most notorious serial killers known for his gruesome murders of many young boys and men between 1972-1978. He holds one of the highest victim counts in the world for any murder. Gacy raped, tortured, and strangled 33 young boys to death, he then buried the bodies under his home or dumped some of the bodies in a nearby river. James Haakenson was the most recent victim identified from the John Wayne Gacy killings. James was only 16 years old when he was murdered. He was born in Chicago, however, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota with his family. James was unemployed, did not have many friends, however, most of the time, he behaved himself as he did not have a criminal record. James was known …show more content…
The suspects concrete motives are unknown, however, there are many possible motives that he may have had. The suspect struggled with physical and emotional abuse from his father. He was also bullied in school and also struggled with his sexuality. The suspect seems to have targeted young boys and men from the ages of 14 and 19. The suspect seems to have been very professional in the way he disposed of the bodies as it took years for him to get detected. The suspect was also oddly intelligent as he had an IQ of 118. These murders could be classified as a Sadistic Sexual Homicide. As sometimes, he dressed as a clown when committing the …show more content…
He is a white male who was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was bullied in school, struggled with his sexuality, and he was also physically and mentally abused by his alcoholic father. He attended 4 different high schools during his senior year, however, he never graduated. He dropped out of school and moved to Las Vegas where he worked as a janitor for a mortuary. He moved back to Chicago after a few months as he felt unhappy with Las Vegas. Gacy was then diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder. He is also considered a psychopath because he showed no remorse for the crimes he committed. He was also very irritable and became angry and would go into a full-out rage very quickly. Gacy was first arrested at the age of 26 years old. He pled not guilty to felony charges of sodomy with Mark Miller, a teenage boy. Gacy said to him that Miller had consensual sex with him in order to make more money, the charges were dropped. A few months later, new charges were brought up against him. He then hired an 18 year old boy named Dwight Anderson to beat up Miller. Anderson was then arrested for the assault. However, Anderson said to the officers that Gacy had paid him to beat up Miller. Gacy pleaded guilty to the sodomy charge and was given the maximum sentence. He was sentenced to 10 years. After he was imprisoned, his wife divorced him. However, Gacy was released in 1970 for being a “model prisoner” and was released on good behavior.

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