WBEZ | John Wayne Gacy http://www.wbez.org/tags/john-wayne-gacy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Unknown Gacy victim identified http://www.wbez.org/story/unknown-gacy-victim-identified-94420 <p><p>New DNA evidence has helped Cook County investigators identify another victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.</p><p>Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced Tuesday that William George Bundy has been positively identified as one of Gacy's victims. Bundy was reported missing in 1976, and was possibly lured to Gacy with the promise of construction work.&nbsp; He was 19 at the time of his murder.</p><p>Bundy had previously been identified as Victim #19 - the nineteenth body to be removed from the crawlspace beneath Gacy's Northwest Side home, three days after Christmas in 1978.</p><p>Two of Bundy's surving siblings submitted to DNA tests after Dart's office launched a national campaign in October to put names to eight of Gacy's unidentified victims. Investigators had exhumed remains from each of the victims, and were looking for family members who could help make a DNA match. DNA from the cheek of Bundy's siblings helped positively identify him as a victim, Dart said.</p><p>"I know that the sorrow will eventually go away, and I'll have a place to visit him," said Laura O'Leary, Bundy's sister.</p><p>Bundy was a talented gymnast with lots of friends and female admirers, O'Leary said. She last saw him in 1976, when he left home to go to a party but never returned.</p><p>Twenty-six of Gacy's 33 victims have now been identified.</p><p>In October investigators discovered that 53-year-old Harold Wayne Lovell, thought to have been a Gacy victim, is alive and has been living in Florida.</p><p>Gacy was executed in 1994 for the murders.</p></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 16:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/unknown-gacy-victim-identified-94420 Many families willing to give DNA to help identify Gacy victims http://www.wbez.org/story/many-families-willing-give-dna-help-identify-gacy-victims-93247 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-12/AP110601084368.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Dozens of families have approached Cook County officials to help identify victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.</p><p>Gacy killed 33 young men in the 1970s and buried them under his house near the Northwest side of Chicago. Over the last several months, Sheriff Tom Dart's office exhumed the remains of eight unidentified victims.</p><p>Dart said Tuesday his office has heard from about 50 families who are willing to give DNA samples to see if they are related to one of the unidentified victims.</p><p>"There are a lot of families that back then, even, in '78, might've had suspicions but just didn't want to face the potentially horrible realities of what might've been down in that crawl space," Dart said. "So, there are still families that are discussing things."</p><p>Dart said the families who have approached his office are from 28 states; one family is from Canada. He expects the investigation to start winding down in the next three or four weeks.</p></p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/many-families-willing-give-dna-help-identify-gacy-victims-93247 Defending John Wayne Gacy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-13/defending-john-wayne-gacy-91905 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-13/gacy square.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The case against John Wayne Gacy never made it to the Supreme Court; the serial killer was convicted in Cook County. Before Gacy was one of the most feared men alive, he was a Norwood Park precinct captain--so was Sam Amirante. So when Gacy called the young lawyer for a favor in December of 1978, Amirante had no idea what he was getting into. Police in Des Plaines were investigating the disappearance of a young man and followed Gacy as a lead. Within days, Gacy told Amirante that he killed the missing boy - and many more. With the help of writer Danny Broderick, the now-retired Judge <a href="http://www.amirantelaw.com/bio_sla.html" target="_blank">Sam Amirante</a> for the first time detailed his experience in <a href="http://defendingamonster.com/index.html" target="_blank"><em>John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster</em></a>. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> recently sat down with the authors; Judge Amirante began by explaining why he was able to defend someone so evil.</p><p><em>Pitch Black [nz], "The Random Smiler", from the album Ape To Angel, (Waveform) </em></p></p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-13/defending-john-wayne-gacy-91905