John Wayne Gacy: Serial Killer
Investigations CJ 200
Mrs. D Boykin
John Wayne Gacy: The Killer Clown
There are many different types of crime and illegal activities that require the services of law enforcers to investigate. Some cases are easy to solve but many cases require months to even years in order to find the culprit that committed the crime. In cases of serial killers, many of those cases take years for investigator to solve due to the amount of data and criminal patterns they have to discover in order to even establish the culprit as a serial killer. In the cases of John Wayne Gacy, as known as the Clown Killer, it took the authorities a little over seven years to discover that he was a dangerous serial killer. According to his neighbors and people within the town of Des Plaines, Illinios, Gacy was a good man, and great entertainer. He would conducted several cookout and parties at his home, even dressing up as a clown to entertain the children guest that attended his parties with their parents. Little did the town know that John Wayne Gacy was holding a horrible secret in the crawl space of his home.
On December 11, 1978, Robert Piest, a 15-year-old boy who worked at the Nisson Pharmacy in Des Plaines became missing (People v. Gacy, 1984). Piest mother had driven to the pharmacy to pick him up after work. As she was waiting for him to get off of work, Priest told his mother that he was going outside to speak with a building contractor about a summer job and would be back in a few minutes. Piest was never seen or heard from again. Witness statement revealed that the last person to be seen with Priest was John Wayne Gacy. That statement alone, lead investigator Detective Lt. Joseph Kozenczak of the Des Plaines Police Department to further look into the life of John Wayne Gacy where he made his startling discovery Detective Lt. Kozenczak received information on December 11, 1978 concerning the
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