Lawyers: John Wayne Gacy Had Accomplice

They cite evidence suggesting the serial killer had help
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2012 2:57 PM CST
Lawyers: John Wayne Gacy Had Accomplice
This 1978 file photo shows serial killer John Wayne Gacy.   (AP Photo/File)

John Wayne Gacy had help abducting and killing at least some of his victims, and one or more accomplices may still be at large, say two criminal defense attorneys who reviewed the cases. The attorneys tell the Chicago Sun-Times that it seems unlikely Gacy could have killed at least three of his 29 victims, based on his travel and work records. For example, police think one Gacy victim was abducted in Chicago on the afternoon of Sept 15, 1977, but the attorneys unearthed a plane ticket showing Gacy was in Pittsburgh on that day.

One intriguing part of the story deals with the disappearance of a University of Minnesota architecture student from the streets of Chicago in 1977. A friend who accompanied him to the city seems to have told conflicting stories to the police and to the family about the disappearance. What's more, the friend was a carpenter, and he offered the victim's brothers jobs—with Gacy, who was a contractor. “I don’t know that [the friend] was involved,” says one of the attorneys. “But I know that he wasn’t telling the truth here.” He added that he would provide the friend's name to police. (Read more John Wayne Gacy stories.)

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