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Whatever Happened To John Wayne Gacy’s House?
By ALLEN MCDUFFEE
History - Science
Serial killer John Wayne Gacy, also known as the “Killer Clown,” murdered at least 33 young men and teenage boys by luring his victims and entrap them in his home before torturing them to death. When Gacy eventually confessed to his crimes in 1978, authorities excavated his property and soon revealed the extent of Gacy's crimes.
According to Gacy, all the murders took place on his property where at least 29 of his victims were buried by him in the crawlspace and other spots. In April 1979, after all evidence had been collected, authorities began demolition of Gacy's house, with one of Gacy’s neighbors telling the Montreal Gazette, “I'll be glad when every bit of it is gone.”
The lot remained empty for nearly a decade until a new owner bought the property and began building a new home on it. City officials attempted to remove the stigma by changing the address from 8213 W. Summerdale Ave. to 8215 in 1986; yet, the house was put back on the market in October 2020 (pictured above) with its price slashed three times to attract a buyer.