The Man Who Killed Boys: The John Wayne Gacy, Jr. Story
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The Man Who Killed Boys: The John Wayne Gacy, Jr. Story

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A true story of mass murder in a Chicago suburb.

Successful businessman, community benefactor, good friend and neighbor-- and perverted mass murderer.

Over a period of three years, John Wayne Gacy, Jr. sexually tortured and murdered 33 boys. His friends and neighbors in his unassuming Illinois community never suspected a thing. Gacy was a Jekyll-and-Hyde figure, leading an o
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 15th 1993 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1980)
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Bren
A man born at the turn of last century marries, has three children (two daughters and one son), becomes an abusive alcoholic, and dies while his only son is in prison for having sexually assaulted a teenaged boy. And so went the life of John Wayne Gacy, Sr.

But it was the beginning of a life of turmoil for that imprisoned son, John Wayne Gacy, Jr.

J. W. Gacy, Jr. was known amongst his circle of friends as a shameless embellisher at best - a volatile pervert, at worst. Yet, none suspected that his...more
Chris
This is a very disturbing book to read based on how this man killed his victims. The remorse that he carried for his actions were nonexistent because of the number of victims found. It would be safe to say that if he had not be caught, Mr. Gacy would have continued to kill innocent young boys.

The structure of the story is easy to follow in the beginning, but as you read on the author has a habit of dropping single names at certain points and then following up with their details later on. This ma...more
Karen
This book was so good...I thought that I knew what there was to know about John Wayne Gacy, but I learned some things I wasn't aware of...and I was shocked about.

This book was in depth and well written and I look forward to reading another book by this author. Clifford L. Linedecker told a great deal of background about Gacy and even about a handful of his victims. He told the good as well as the bad and I really liked that.

I also learned a lot about how Chicago (parts of it) was back in the 70'...more
Noran Miss Pumkin
Jul 24, 2008 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: the usual readers of this stuff
Recommended to Noran by: curisosity
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I just could not help myself--It happen in my relative backyard. Northwest IN, we often consider ourselves part of the Chicagoan area. This was the first really warped serial killer n our area in my life time. and I wanted to know more. The book did the usual job these books do. He was an evil vile man and the books does a good job covering that. Why 3 stars--these are printed to make money -- off the deaths of others...
Tammy Rowe
This book is really interesting. It outlines Gacy's life, and shows that *anyone* could be a serial killer, even your neighbor or friend, and you might never know it. What a sick man!
Kristan Youngblood
Very powerful book if you are the type of person that enjoys True Crime. Note it is rather graphic in nature.
Jenny
I like true crime novels...not afraid to admit it. ;) I guess I take after my mom more than I thought!
Jessica Applin
Read this book in about 4 hours. Simply written, easy to digest. Wish there was more on the trial.
Cheryl Schibley
Very strange guy-glad he's not around anymore.
Melaniegaeta
This is a sick, sadistic man!
Andy Ringbloom

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