“He did hide his dark side very well.”

Listen to Episode 6 of The Clown and the Candyman, about a 10-day surveillance police conducted on John Wayne Gacy, leading to his arrest in 1978. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-clown-and-the-candyman/id1540131474.

Of course the monster has a “heart attack” right after the arrest. Have you ever noticed so many monsters have “heart conditions”? Seems to come up in other settings, such as “I can’t take a polygraph, I have a heart condition.”

Gacy was convicted of sodomy of a teenage boy in Iowa in 1968. Sentenced to 10 years for this crime, he served only 18 months. No big deal, I guess. At least 30 of his 33 murders occurred after his divorce from his second wife in 1976. He had two children. So don’t ever use the “but he was married with kids” bullshit with me.

He died by lethal injection on May 10, 1994.


6 Comments on ““He did hide his dark side very well.””

  1. KP says:

    I believe Greg Green had a similar heart condition in jail, except it was fatal, correct?

  2. cathybroad says:

    Yeah, turns out. Lots of heart attacks and “heart conditions” surround this case. The heart condition is the absence of a heart/soul.

  3. Joe says:

    And, I believe he was only US inmate who was allowed to have his last meal on the lawn of the prison with his family. I believe he had fried chicken and strawberries. He also ran a KFC in I think Iowa when he was younger.

  4. John Boehret says:

    That void, where his heart should be, seemed to be fine during Kidnap,Rape,Murder of 30+ young men. He was his own god, until he was caught. I wonder if any of his victims had a “heart condition”. as if he would’ve cared.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I listened to this one yesterday. VERY interesting how the Des Plaines (suburban Chicago) cops handled Gary. For starters, they had 2-3 cops surveillance on him 24/7. He knew they were watching/following him and they knew he knew. Gacy tried to act buddy/buddy cool with cops about it, even inviting the officers to join him for dinner but CLEARLY the pressure if being followed got to him and he cracked. Why weren’t top suspects (known pedophiles at the time, in Cass corridor and elsewhere like Sloan, Busch,Moore) put under 24/7 surveillance after Tim disappeared instead of the ridiculous waste of resources stopping Gremlins every two minutes? I realize hindsight is 20/20 but that seems like a no brainer / put a tail on guys that were suspects in Mark Stebbins case because by March it was clear there was a serial abduction situation.

    • cathybroad says:

      If they had thought to put a tail on any of the men who came up on the radar, they would have soon reached some men in Oakland County who had money and power and no one was going to go there.

      One good thing about a Keystone cop operation. A clusterfuck is hard to pick apart after the fact. Works for them.


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