John Wayne Gacy

1942 - 1994

John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer and sex offender known as the Killer Clown who assaulted and murdered at least 33 young men and boys. Gacy regularly performed at children's hospitals and charitable events as "Pogo the Clown" or "Patches the Clown", personas he had devised. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Wayne Gacy has received more than 15,565,028 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 24th most popular extremist.

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Among extremists, John Wayne Gacy ranks 24 out of 182Before him are Albert Fish, Ted Kaczynski, Carlos the Jackal, Zodiac Killer, Cleon, and Jim Jones. After him are Amon Göth, Charles Ponzi, Peter Kürten, Mehmet Ali Ağca, Luis Carrero Blanco, and George Stinney.

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Among people born in 1942, John Wayne Gacy ranks 36Before him are Javier Solana, Jochen Rindt, Peter Handke, Werner Herzog, Giorgio Agamben, and José Eduardo dos Santos. After him are Jacob Zuma, Wen Jiabao, Arto Paasilinna, Jacques Rogge, John Irving, and Giacinto Facchetti. Among people deceased in 1994, John Wayne Gacy ranks 28Before him are George Peppard, Jack Kirby, Dorothy Hodgkin, Guy Debord, Henry Mancini, and Domenico Modugno. After him are Pierre Boulle, André Michel Lwoff, Juvénal Habyarimana, Paul Delvaux, Robert Doisneau, and Telly Savalas.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Wayne Gacy ranks 598 out of 12,171Before him are T. S. Eliot (1888), Charles Taze Russell (1852), Joseph Barbera (1911), Clifford Geertz (1926), John Browning (1855), and Richard Meier (1934). After him are Robert Mitchum (1917), Black Dahlia (1924), Ed Harris (1950), Bill Evans (1929), Jimmy Wales (1966), and Steven Weinberg (1933).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, John Wayne Gacy ranks 10Before him are Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), Ed Gein (1906), Albert Fish (1870), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Zodiac Killer (1940), and Jim Jones (1931). After him are George Stinney (1929), H. H. Holmes (1861), William Kemmler (1860), Barry Seal (1939), Butch Cassidy (1866), and James Earl Ray (1928).