The Case Of John Wayne Gacy

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You hear the sound of branches snap underneath your feet as you run through the woods on a windy September night. Attempting to look backwards in search of the nearing threat you stumble over a fallen tree and lay in the damp leaves. You see a large dark figure nearing you through the trees and attempt hide yourself in the leaves. The cellphone in your jean pocket rings and you can make out the figure as a man dressed in a clown costume. Being pinned to the ground, you feel the blade of his knife enter your chest as the life leaves your body. This gruesome scene is similar to some of John Wayne Gacy’s victims. What can cause someone to go on a ravenous murder spree? Serial murders are not indigenous, nor are they a new phenomenon. Ted Bundy, …show more content…
Gacy is recorded to have slaughtered at least 33 males near his home in Chicago, Illinois between 1972-1978 (FBI). In opposition to Jeffrey Dahmer, Gacy was raised in a physically and emotionally abusive lower class home; these experiences are believed to influence Gacy greatly in committed unlawful acts (Crime Museum). Gacy worked at a fast food restaurant and as a clown in entertainment for children’s parties; Early in his life he was accused of sexual assault in both occupational fields but never convicted until 1968. During this time he was reported to have sexually assaulted two teenage boys (FBI). While police searched his home, they found remnants of dead corpses; during following investigations, police discovered over twenty corpses buried on Gacy’s property (FBI). John Wayne Gacy’s actions are attributed to his childhood experiences and numerous biotic …show more content…
Wuornos was convicted for shooting seven men point blank while working as a prostitute in Florida (FBI). She reportedly turned herself in for the murders, claiming she feared for her own life and murdered strictly in self defense. Aileen is believed to have dissociative identity disorder [multiple personality disorder] as she claimed to be the victim until her conviction on January 27, 1992. Following her conviction she claimed all responsibility and showed no signs as remorse. Wuornos expressed her hatred for mankind by stating “I’m one who seriously hates human life and would kill again” (Wuornos). This emotional detachment and lack of value of human life is found to a certain degree in all serial

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