John Wayne Gacy

1942 - 1994

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John Wayne Gacy (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer and sex offender who raped, tortured and murdered at least 33 young men and boys in Norwood Park Township, near Chicago, Illinois. He became known as the Killer Clown due to his public performances as a clown prior to the discovery of his crimes. Gacy committed all of his known murders inside his ranch-style house. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Wayne Gacy has received more than 34,025,766 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). John Wayne Gacy is the 15th most popular extremist (up from 23rd in 2019), the 298th most popular biography from United States (up from 449th in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Extremist.

John Wayne Gacy was an American serial killer and rapist. He was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of 33 teenage boys and young men in the 1970s. He was sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection in 1994.

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Over the past year John Wayne Gacy has had the most page views in the with 3,266,419 views, followed by Spanish (413,378), and German (327,138). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Low Saxon (314.91%), Simple English (66.96%), and Bengali (58.18%)


Among extremists, John Wayne Gacy ranks 15 out of 283Before him are Ted Bundy, Herostratus, Gilles de Rais, Man in the Iron Mask, Abdullah Öcalan, and Jeffrey Dahmer. After him are Ramón Mercader, Andrei Chikatilo, Ted Kaczynski, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Ulrike Meinhof, and Ed Gein.

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Among people born in 1942, John Wayne Gacy ranks 22Before him are Dino Zoff, Isabel Allende, Peter Handke, Barbra Streisand, Brian Wilson, and Ronnie James Dio. After him are Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Ted Kaczynski, Daniel Barenboim, Brian Jones, Calvin Klein, and Michael Haneke. Among people deceased in 1994, John Wayne Gacy ranks 14Before him are Elias Canetti, Erik Erikson, Ayrton Senna, Linus Pauling, Giulietta Masina, and Jeffrey Dahmer. After him are Burt Lancaster, Andrei Chikatilo, Harry Nilsson, Melina Mercouri, Kurt Cobain, and Mas Oyama.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Wayne Gacy ranks 298 out of 20,380Before him are Jerry Brown (1938), Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), B. F. Skinner (1904), Robert E. Lee (1807), Ronnie James Dio (1942), and P. T. Barnum (1810). After him are John Bardeen (1908), Sandra Bullock (1964), Miles Davis (1926), Coen brothers (null), Burt Lancaster (1913), and Clinton Davisson (1881).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, John Wayne Gacy ranks 7Before him are Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), Zodiac Killer (1940), John Wilkes Booth (1838), Charles Manson (1934), Ted Bundy (1946), and Jeffrey Dahmer (1960). After him are Ted Kaczynski (1942), Ed Gein (1906), Albert Fish (1870), H. H. Holmes (1861), Jim Jones (1931), and William Kemmler (1860).