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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. 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 30,445,302 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). John Wayne Gacy is the 23rd most popular extremist (up from 26th in 2019), the 449th most popular biography from United States (up from 562nd in 2019) and the 9th 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 23 out of 209Before him are Ed Gein, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Albert Fish, Ulrike Meinhof, Charles Ponzi, and Ayman al-Zawahiri. After him are Jim Jones, Carlos the Jackal, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Amon Göth, Cleon, and Machine Gun Kelly.

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Among people born in 1942, John Wayne Gacy ranks 30Before him are Dino Zoff, Michael Haneke, Calvin Klein, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Werner Herzog, and Ian McShane. After him are Javier Solana, Giorgio Agamben, Ehud Barak, José Eduardo dos Santos, Jochen Rindt, and Lou Reed. Among people deceased in 1994, John Wayne Gacy ranks 19Before him are Andrei Chikatilo, Giulietta Masina, Kurt Cobain, Léon Degrelle, Melina Mercouri, and Antônio Carlos Jobim. After him are Paul Feyerabend, Mas Oyama, Guy Debord, George Peppard, Dorothy Hodgkin, and Henry Mancini.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Wayne Gacy ranks 449 out of 18,182Before him are Louisa May Alcott (1832), Gordon Allport (1897), Tennessee Williams (1911), Cliff Burton (1962), Montgomery Clift (1920), and The Notorious B.I.G. (1972). After him are Glenn Close (1947), Pat Morita (1932), Jim Jones (1931), Rutherford B. Hayes (1822), Sharon Stone (1958), and Willis Carrier (1876).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, John Wayne Gacy ranks 9Before him are Ted Bundy (1946), Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Zodiac Killer (1940), Ed Gein (1906), and Albert Fish (1870). After him are Jim Jones (1931), Machine Gun Kelly (1895), H. H. Holmes (1861), William Kemmler (1860), George Jung (1942), and Jeffrey Dahmer (1960).