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John Wayne Gacy Essay

2081 words - 9 pages

John Wayne Gacy: The Killer Clown
Serial Killers

Abstract
John Wayne Gacy was a serial killer and rapist. John Wayne Gacy murdered and sexually assaulted young boys. John Gacy killed and hid his victim’s bodies in the crawl space of his home. John seemed like a normal man, he was well-respected in his community. John was a psychopath who had no remorse. When john was captured he was able to give a detailed drawing of where all the bodies could be found. John was sentenced to the death penalty.

The term serial killer was a term no one had heard of until about forty years ago. There are many definitions to the term serial killer. Each definition differs by the number of murders, the ...view middle of the document...

The disorganized types of serial killers are usually not as intelligent and they act out of impulse. The mixed types of serial killers seem to be premeditated yet disorganized. Most serial killers show certain aspects of organized and disorganized types, however one type will dominate.
There is said to be ten general characteristics of serial killers. Some of these traits are: Most are single white males, they do poorly in school despite their high intelligence, there is a long history of psychiatric problems, and they often feel suicidal as teenagers. These traits became known from a test of only 36 killers, therefore these traits don’t count for every serial killer. The McDonald triad is the three warning signs of a serial killer. These signs include Enuresis which is bedwetting, Pyromania which is fire starting and Precocious Sadism which is animal torture. There is a difference from being a Psychopath, and a Psychotic. A psychopath is the Mask of Sanity. A Psychopath will seem completely normal; you may never know that they are a psychopath. Psychopath are antisocial, they have abnormal and violent behavior. Psychopaths lack the ability to love or feel remorse. However Psychotics suffer from a mental disorder that causes a break from reality. They suffer from delusions, and hallucinations, and they may hear voices in their head. There are many theories as to why these serial killers will kill. The theories are that they may have suffered brain damage, child abuse, mother hate, bad seed, mean genes, adoption, and fantasy. The serial killers who kill because of hatred for their mothers; is usually because of their mother not offering nurture, they will instead dominate and destroy their offspring. The Bad Seed theory is that some people are just born evil. The Mean Genes theory is that some children are born evil because of some inherited factors.
John Wayne Gacy is also known as the Killer Clown, because of his costume he wore to fundraisers. John was born March 17, 1942, in Chicago Illinois. John grew up in a family that wasn’t the best. John was close to his two sisters and his mother however John’s father was an alcoholic and was abusive to John, both physically and emotionally. His father considered John to be a disgrace, and was never good enough in his father’s eyes because of his homosexuality. However, John loved his father deeply, and desperately tried to gain his father’s approval. He failed to win his father over. John was molested as a child by a family friend, he never told anyone because he was afraid that his father would blame him for this incident. He was ridiculed as a kid in school; John was also injured as a kid, from being hit with a swing, which resulted in a blood clot in his brain which wouldn’t be diagnosed until he was sixteen. At that time he was also diagnosed with a heart condition. John attended four different high schools and eventually dropped out to move to Vegas, which he shortly returned to Chicago. John...

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