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 John Wayne Gacy  (1942 - 1994)

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: clown and sports figure painting

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John Wayne Gacy, Jr. was an American serial killer also known as the Killer Clown who committed the rape and murder of 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978.  Gacy became known as the "Killer Clown" due to his charitable services at fundraising events, parades and children's parties where he would dress as "Pogo the Clown," a character he devised himself.  In prison at Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois, he did many paintings, many of which were clowns, which he signed Emmit.

Many of Gacy's paintings were sold at auction after his execution.  Nineteen were put up for sale by autograph dealer Steve Koschal, with prices ranging from $195, for an acrylic painting of a bird, to $9500 for a depiction of dwarfs playing baseball against the Chicago Cubs.  The baseball painting was autographed by members of the Baseball Hall of Fame including Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Ted Williams.  The players did not know who had painted it. "If Joe DiMaggio knew what he was signing, there's no way he would have gone through with it," said Koschal.  It was Koschal who had suggested to Gacy that they offer the paintings for sale.  Koschal became Gacy's agent and even had commissioned paintings such as the one signed by the Baseball Hall of Famers.  A boxing-themed Gacy painting was commissioned by Steve Koschal who then had boxers including Muhammad Ali and Floyd Patterson sign the artwork.

Some bought Gacy's paintings to destroy them.  A bonfire held in Naperville, Illinois in June 1994 was attended by 300 people, including family members of nine victims who watched 25 of the paintings burn.

On May 10, 1994, Gacy was executed at Stateville Correctional Center[132] in Crest Hill, Illinois, by lethal injection. According to reports, Gacy did not express remorse for his crimes. His last words to his lawyer in his cell were to the effect that killing him would not bring anyone back, and it is reported his last words—spoken to a correctional officer while he was being sent to the execution chamber—were "kiss my ass".

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