Crimes of Killer Clown whose brain is kept in basement after death row execution

Ashley Bautista April 20, 2022
Crimes of Killer Clown whose brain is kept in basement after death row execution


A new Netflix documentary will unearth the gruesome killings of John Wayne Gacy. The chilling crimes saw 33 people lose their lives at the hands of the serial killer.

The ‘Killer Clown’ tale is unnerving and will be told again in a new Netflix documentary. Conversations With A Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes will air unheard audio clips of the murderer.

Gacy’s brain was removed so it could be studied after his death in an attempt to understand his motives behind the killings. Years later, it remains locked up and preserved in a basement.

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Who is John Wayne Gacy?

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John Wayne Gacy, also known as the Killer Clown, was born on 17 March 1942 in Chicago, Illinois.

He was his parents’ only son and second child. His father, John Stanley Gacy, was a mechanic and First World War veteran. His mother, Marion Elaine Robinson, was a homemaker. Gacy is of Polish and Danish descent – his grandparents on his father’s side emigrated from Poland to the US.

Tim Cahill’s book – Buried Dreams: Inside The Mind Of A Serial Killer – states one of Gacy’s friends claimed to have seen John’s father act violently toward his son.

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How was John Wayne Gacy caught?

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The American serial killer and sex offender murdered 33 young men and boys between 1972 and 1978. Gacy performed at charity and entertainment events for children under his stage name, Pogo the Clown.

Gacy pleaded guilty to sodomy and was sentenced to ten years in jail but was out on parole after 18 months due to good behaviour, writes The New Yorker. However, this all took place before his killing spree.

His crimes unravelled after the disappearance of one of his victims, Robert Piest. The 15-year-old had disappeared after reportedly speaking to Gacy about a potential job, which sparked an investigation. The police obtained a search warrant and found 33 bodies inside Gacy’s property.

On the day of his trial, Gacy’s psychologists diagnosed him with schizophrenia. He was convicted of 33 murders and sentenced to death in 1980. Gacy died by means of lethal injection in 1994. He was 52 years old.

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His brain has been kept in a basement

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The killer’s brain has been kept in Helen Morrison’s basement for several years. Gacy’s brain was donated to Dr Morrison alongside a few of his internal organs, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Dr Morrison explained to CNN in 2004 that Gacy’s brain was in “the safest place it can be”. The psychologist has rejected repeated calls and requests to allow an inspection of Gacy’s brain.

Conversations With A Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes arrives on Netflix on Wednesday, 20 April 2022

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Ashley is a journalism graduate from Kingston University, currently writing for HITC, Reality Titbit and The Focus. She loves to travel and learn new languages and cultures. She also has an interest in celebrity news and the entertainment world. When she’s not writing, she’s on social media, watching K-dramas or shopping.