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Coulrophobia - Fear of clowns

Coulrophobia – Fear of clowns

Coulrophobia, or Fear of clowns is an odd phenomenon. Clown phobia is found in adults as well as children. The fear of clowns would appear to be a strangely common phobia. Many people claim to be scared of clowns, finding them disturbing, somewhat “creepy” figures. Others possess a stronger, abnormal and overriding fear of clowns. Even in their adult lives, true coulrophobics find the very presence of a clown a terrifying prospect. And one of the reasons could be infamous serial killer known as «Killer Clown». John Wayne Gacy, Jr was born on March 17, 1942, raped and murdered 33 young people, including several teenagers.

John Wayne Gacy, adult and in childhood.

John Wayne Gacy, adult and in childhood.

John Wayne Gacy, adult and in childhood. Born in Chicago, he suffered from abuse in the family: his father’s aggression and alcoholism. At age 9 he became a victim of a pedophile, who was in the family circle. In 1964, he married, started working at a fast food restaurant Kentucky Fried Chicken, owned by the family of his wife. Gacy worked tirelessly for 12 hours, and sometimes more. Marriage ended after 1968 Gacy first tried to rape teen. Gacy was sentenced by the State of Iowa to ten years in prison, but after 18 months he was released.

Robert Piest, 15. Murdered December 11, 1978

Robert Piest, 15. Murdered December 11, 1978

In December 1978, a 15-year-old Robert Piest disappeared and he was last seen with Gacy. Gacy was arrested, he had to spend the night in the police station. After a preliminary search of his home were found belts, handcuffs, dildos, marijuana, pills of Valium. In addition, police noticed a strange smell. However, the police did not check the basement and attic, and Gacy was released.

The next day, the police received information that in 1977, Gacy raped Donnelly, but as Donnelly was registered by a psychiatrist, his words were not paid attention to. In addition, in 1978 the 26 year old gay Jeff Rignal claimed that Gacy repeatedly raped him. But the police did not believe him, considering him blackmailer.

The police made a request to Iowa on old Gacy case of 1968. It turned out that, as a manager of the restaurant, he persuaded his subordinates to homosexual contacts. Therefore, he was re-arrested on 21 December. At this time, police conducted a second search of Gacy’s house, this time in the basement.

Without masks descended police nearly lost consciousness because of the smell of the set of corpses found in the basement.

Gacy maniac killer

Gacy maniac killer

The bodies of 29 people were extracted from the basement, the police worked in chemical protection suits. Some of the bodies were in lewd poses, in the mouths of many victims were placed dildos and penises. However, the body of the missing Robert Pist had not been discovered. Gacy confessed that he drowned bodies of 4 people in the river.

William Kunkle, prosecutor at Gacy's trial, standing before a board depicting the 22 victims identified by February 1980.

William Kunkle, prosecutor at Gacy’s trial, standing before a board depicting the 22 victims identified by February 1980.

John Gacy with First Lady Rosalynn Carter in May 1978.

John Gacy with First Lady Rosalynn Carter in May 1978.

The trial began in February 1980. March 13 of that year, Gacy was sentenced to death. But Gacy filed four appeals, delaying the execution of sentences. He also wrote a book that claimed that God gave him back a heterosexual orientation. Gacy painted pictures while on death row, and sold them to collectors.

Victims - Darrell Sampson (left) and Gregory Godzik (right). Sampson was found buried beneath Gacy's dining room floor. Godzik was buried in the crawl space.

Victims

Victims – Darrell Sampson (left) and Gregory Godzik (right). Sampson was found buried beneath Gacy’s dining room floor. Godzik was buried in the crawl space. In 1980, Gacy was convicted of murdering 33 young men ranging in age from 14 to 21. Executed on May 10, 1994 by lethal injection. Gacy’s last words before his execution were “Kiss my ass!”

In 1975 Gacy was appointed director of Chicago’s annual Polish Constitution Day Parade — an annual event he was to supervise from 1975 until 1978

In 1975 Gacy was appointed director of Chicago’s annual Polish Constitution Day Parade

In 1975 Gacy was appointed director of Chicago’s annual Polish Constitution Day Parade — an annual event he was to supervise from 1975 until 1978. Through his work with the parade, Gacy met and was photographed with then First Lady Rosalynn Carter on May 6, 1978. Rosalynn Carter signed one photo: “To John Gacy. Best wishes. Rosalynn Carter”. The event later became an embarrassment to the United States Secret Service, as in the pictures taken Gacy can be seen wearing an “S” pin, indicating a person who has received a special clearance by the Secret Service

The made-for-TV film To Catch a Killer, starring Brian Dennehy as John Wayne Gacy, was released in 1992.

The made-for-TV film To Catch a Killer, starring Brian Dennehy as John Wayne Gacy, was released in 1992.

The film is largely based on the investigation of Gacy, following the disappearance of Robert Piest, by Des Plaines Police and their efforts to arrest him before the scheduled civil suit hearing on December 22.

A feature film, Gacy, was released in 2003

A feature film, Gacy, was released in 2003

This film cast Mark Holton in the role of John Gacy and largely focuses upon Gacy’s life after he moved to Norwood Park in 1971 up until his arrest in 1978.

This film cast Mark Holton in the role of John Gacy and largely focuses upon Gacy’s life after he moved to Norwood Park in 1971 up until his arrest in 1978.

The made-for-TV film Dear Mr. Gacy was released in 2010

The made-for-TV film Dear Mr. Gacy was released in 2010

The made-for-TV film Dear Mr. Gacy was released in 2010, starring William Forsythe as John Wayne Gacy. The film is based upon the book The Last Victim, written by Jason Moss. The film focuses upon the correspondence between Moss and Gacy before Gacy invited Moss to visit him on death row in 1994.

The horror film 8213 Gacy House

The horror film 8213 Gacy House

The horror film 8213: Gacy House was released in 2010 and is based upon paranormal investigators spending a night in the house built on the former site of 8213 Summerdale Terrace.

John Wayne Gacy, video film cover

John Wayne Gacy, video film cover

Coulrophobia Fear of clowns

Coulrophobia Fear of clowns

Coulrophobia Fear of clowns

Coulrophobia Fear of clowns

Coulrophobia Fear of clowns

Coulrophobia Fear of clowns

Coulrophobia Fear of clowns

Coulrophobia Fear of clowns

Coulrophobia Fear of clowns

Coulrophobia Fear of clowns

Coulrophobia Fear of clowns

Coulrophobia Fear of clowns

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