In the spring of 2011, former Chicago Police detective Bill Dorsch told Sheriff Tom Dart that he has long suspected there might be additional victims of John Wayne Gacy buried at a building at Miami and Elston. But there were other loose ends in the case as well. Eight of Gacy’s known victims had never been identified, for example, and Dart turned his attention there. Now DNA could tie them to relatives and produce results for those still-grieving families.
So the sheriff began the process of exhuming those remains from several local cemeteries.
The project to identify the eight was announced, and more than a hundred families across the country submitted DNA in hopes of finding young men who had disappeared in the 1970s.
The University of North Texas was enlisted to help with the DNA, and as forensic pathologist Dr. Arthur Eisenberg told ABC News, “It’s not so much that it was a high-profile serial killer, but the fact is these families have gone this long without knowing.”
Eisenberg says the pool was narrowed to around three dozen families whose DNA would be analyzed and compared to the unidentified remains. And in November 2011, one of the victims was positively identified as William Bundy, whose Chicago-area family had long suspected he had died at Gacy’s hands.
Some of the same families who submitted DNA also contacted Bill Dorsch, as stories had been showing up in local and national news media about his work. That same news coverage is what finally prompted Dart to apply this spring for a search warrant that would allow an excavation at the private property at 6114 W. Miami.
His application had to be approved by Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez, and she turned him down, citing a lack of evidence to justify a search.
We wanted to know how Dart planned to respond, considering how much evidence Dorsch has made available to him.
As you can see in this video, Dart agrees that a dig is clearly the way to go: that people still looking for their missing loved ones deserve to know once and for all who is or isn’t buried at Miami and Elston. These people have been waiting for information for more than three tortuous decades.