John Wayne Gacy Exhibit Unveiled at the Crime Museum | Crime
John Wayne Gacy Exhibit Unveiled at the Crime Museum
Sam Amirante, Gacy’s Defense Lawyer, Welcomes New Permanent Exhibit
Earlier today, the Crime Museum unveiled their newest permanent exhibit on American serial killer and rapist of the 1970s, John Wayne Gacy.
The permanent exhibit will take museum guests through a timeline of events in Gacy’s life, ending with his conviction of 33 murders. The exhibit will include personal items as well as items seized and taken into possession by law enforcement. Featured artifacts include his infamous clown suit, his leather jacket, his typewriter, and his wallet.
Nicknamed the “Killer Clown” –for dressing up as “Pogo the Clown” at charitable events— Gacy received a death sentence for 12 of the murders he committed between 1972 and 1978. To date, only 26 victims, who were found in a crawl space of his home, hidden around his property and disposed of in a nearby river, have been identified. The remaining 7 victims remain faceless and controversy continues to surround the evidence as to whether Gacy had other accomplices.
“John Wayne Gacy changed people’s inherent trust in others,” stated Janine Vaccarello, COO of the Crime Museum. “His use of clown suits and magic tricks to gain people’s trust was a unique example of people falling victim to criminals who do not fit the typical profile. While these artifacts are disturbing, they are also a modern-day reminder on how criminals are clever in gaining their victim’s trust. It’s up to us as individuals to be cautious and aware.”
Also onsite at the museum during today’s unveiling were Gacy’s attorney and retired Judge, Sam L. Amirante, together with Danny Broderick, co-authors of the book John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster. The pair spoke about the investigation and capture of John Wayne Gacy, about his late night confession to Amirante, and about the fascinating trial, which was the dubbed the “trial of the century” in its day.
“John Wayne Gacy was a very complex individual,” explained Amirante. “He was a master manipulator. The scariest thing about him was that he wasn’t scary at all. To meet him, you would never guess that he was capable of the monstrous crimes that he committed. That is why he got away with his horrendous deeds for so long.”
The John Wayne Gacy exhibit is displayed in the “Serial Killer” gallery in the Crime Museum. To learn more about Gacy, please visit http://www.crimemuseum.org/library/serialKillers/johnWayneGacy.html
About the Crime Museum
The Crime Museum opened its doors in 2008 with a mission to educate and provide guests memorable insight into our Nation’s history of crime and judicial system. The museum examines law enforcement, forensic science, crime scene investigation (CSI) and the consequences of committing a crime. The museum is filled with over 100 interactives and highlights a fundamental commitment to capture the audience through an entertaining and educational experience. The Crime Museum is located on 7th Street NW between E and F Streets in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Arena exit). Learn more at www.crimemuseum.org.
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