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 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 17,047,428 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. John Wayne Gacy is the 26th most popular extremist (down from 24th in 2019), the 562nd most popular biography from United States (up from 598th in 2019) and the 11th 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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Among extremists, John Wayne Gacy ranks 26 out of 205Before him are Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Charles Ponzi, Cleon, Machine Gun Kelly, Jim Jones, and Amon Göth. After him are Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Carlos the Jackal, Mehmet Ali Ağca, Ayman al-Zawahiri, H. H. Holmes, and Tommaso Buscetta.

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Among people born in 1942, John Wayne Gacy ranks 32Before him are Werner Herzog, Daniel Barenboim, Ian McShane, Ehud Barak, Lou Reed, and Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. After him are José Eduardo dos Santos, Jochen Rindt, Mohamed ElBaradei, Giacinto Facchetti, Michael Bloomberg, and Wen Jiabao. Among people deceased in 1994, John Wayne Gacy ranks 25Before him are Paul Feyerabend, George Peppard, Guy Debord, Jan Tinbergen, Melina Mercouri, and Henry Mancini. After him are Domenico Modugno, Dorothy Hodgkin, Telly Savalas, Robert Doisneau, Paul Delvaux, and Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Wayne Gacy ranks 562 out of 15,968Before him are Sean Penn (1960), Lewis H. Morgan (1818), Goldie Hawn (1945), Richard Stallman (1953), Scott Joplin (1868), and Glenn Close (1947). After him are Martin Landau (1928), Michael Keaton (1951), Benny Goodman (1909), Gertrude B. Elion (1918), Josephine Cochrane (1839), and Steven Tyler (1948).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, John Wayne Gacy ranks 11Before him are Ed Gein (1906), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Zodiac Killer (1940), Albert Fish (1870), Machine Gun Kelly (1895), and Jim Jones (1931). After him are H. H. Holmes (1861), Barry Seal (1939), Butch Cassidy (1866), Henry Lee Lucas (1936), Frank Sheeran (1920), and William Kemmler (1860).