Chicago Sun-Times, Gacy Executed, Newspaper vending machine hoarding poster, 16 x 24 inches, 1994.
John Wayne Gacy became a household name when police unearthed 33 bodies in the crawl space of his suburban Chicago house. A convicted pedophile, Gacy managed to piece together the semblance of a normal life after his earlier felonies and incarceration. He was a husband, civic leader, successful businessman and pogo the clown with the local Shriners. But beneath the mask of sanity there was a dark secret lurking. Gacy would ply his young charges with booze and dope and take them home with him. Once there he’d offer to perform a magic trick. Gacy would put handcuffs on the unwitting boys and when they’d ask him to demonstrate the trick, he would dryly reply, “that’s the trick.” Homosexual serial killers such as Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer and Randy Kraft seemed to be materializing as quickly as the unfolding plague was hitting the queer community. It truly was a decade of mass casualties along the yellow brick road. #magictrick #crawlspace #deadboys #killerclown #pogotheclown #gayserialkiller #rubberducky