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9 Facts About John Wayne Gacy

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John Wayne Gacy Jr. was an American serial killer and rapist.

A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people, usually in service of abnormal psychological gratification, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant break between them.

Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person's consent.

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He sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Cook County, Illinois.

Torture is the act of deliberately inflicting physical or psychological pain on an organism in order to fulfill some desire of the torturer or compel some action from the victim.

A murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse, especially the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought.

Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States, achieving statehood in 1818.

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All of Gacy's known murders were committed inside his Norwood Park ranch house.

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His victims were typically lured to his address by force or deception, and all but one of his victims were murdered by either asphyxiation or strangulation with a makeshift tourniquet; his first victim was stabbed to death.

A tourniquet is a constricting or compressing device, specifically a bandage, used to control venous and arterial circulation to an extremity for a period of time.

Strangling is compression of the neck that may lead to unconsciousness or death by causing an increasingly hypoxic state in the brain.

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Gacy buried 26 of his victims in the crawl space of his home.

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Three other victims were buried elsewhere on his property, while the bodies of his last four known victims were discarded in the Des Plaines River.

The Des Plaines River is a river that flows southward for 133 miles through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois in the United States Midwest, eventually meeting the Kankakee River west of Channahon to form the Illinois River, a tributary of the Mississippi River.

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Convicted of 33 murders, Gacy was sentenced to death on March 13, 1980 for 12 of those killings.

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He spent 14 years on death row before he was finally executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center on May 10, 1994.

Death row is a special section of a prison in the United States, that houses inmates who are awaiting execution after being sentenced to death for the conviction of a capital crime.

Lethal injection is the practice of injecting one or more drugs into a person for the express purpose of causing immediate death.

Stateville Correctional Center is a maximum security state prison for men in Crest Hill, Illinois, U.S., near Chicago.

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Gacy became known as the "Killer Clown" because of his charitable services at fundraising events, parades, and children's parties where he would dress as "Pogo the Clown", a character he had devised.

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