During the early 1960s, Gacy enrolled in a business college and developed a talent for salesmanship.
A born salesman, he could talk his way in and out of practically any situation.
According to the book Killer Clown, by Terry Sullivan and Peter Maiken, Gacy seemed to have a regular childhood with the exception of his turbulent relationship with his father, John Wayne Gacy Sr.
Police put Gacy under surveillance, and when it was learned that two teenage employees of Gacy, Gregory Godzik and John Butkovich, also had recently disappeared, the police obtained a search warrant for Gacy's home.
A roll of film belonging to Piest was seized in the ensuing search.
A total of 29 bodies were recovered on the property and 4 more were discovered in a nearby river.
Gacy recanted his confession and did not testify at trial, where he asserted an insanity defense unsuccessfully.
We have many plans and enthusiasm to keep expanding and making Murderpedia a better site, but we really need your help for this. He made himself well known in his community for his political work and his help to charitable causes. The mother of a young man who disappeared after applying to Gacy for a job notified the police.