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FAQ: What we’ve learned so far

Who’s John Wayne Gacy again? He was a Chicagoan with a small construction company and one of the world’s most prolific serial killers. In 1978 he was arrested, and in short order he confessed to dozens of murders and to

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FAQ: What we’ve learned so far

Who’s John Wayne Gacy again? He was a Chicagoan with a small construction company and one of the world’s most prolific serial killers. In 1978 he was arrested, and in short order he confessed to dozens of murders and to

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Public records that aren’t

In December 2013 Bill Dorsch submitted the latest in a long series of requests under the Freedom of Information Act that he’s filed for information about the Gacy investigation. He asked the Cook County state’s attorney’s office for the missing persons

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Public records that aren’t

In December 2013 Bill Dorsch submitted the latest in a long series of requests under the Freedom of Information Act that he’s filed for information about the Gacy investigation. He asked the Cook County state’s attorney’s office for the missing persons

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The disappearing witness

One of the aspects of the Gacy case is that there are witnesses to crimes Gacy was charged with who never testified at his trial. One such witness was Robert Young.

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The disappearing witness

One of the aspects of the Gacy case is that there are witnesses to crimes Gacy was charged with who never testified at his trial. One such witness was Robert Young.

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What the neighbors saw at Miami

In 1998, the Better Government Association, a Chicago watchdog group, began investigating evidence presented by William Dorsch that showed that while John Wayne Gacy was working as a caretaker at a building at the corner of Miami and Elston, he may

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What the neighbors saw at Miami

In 1998, the Better Government Association, a Chicago watchdog group, began investigating evidence presented by William Dorsch that showed that while John Wayne Gacy was working as a caretaker at a building at the corner of Miami and Elston, he may

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Report: search at Miami short and shallow

In January 2013 it seemed that suspicions about Gacy victims at 6114 W. Miami might finally be laid to rest, one way or another. Private investigator and former Chicago homicide detective Bill Dorsch had presented Cook County sheriff Tom Dart with

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Report: search at Miami short and shallow

In January 2013 it seemed that suspicions about Gacy victims at 6114 W. Miami might finally be laid to rest, one way or another. Private investigator and former Chicago homicide detective Bill Dorsch had presented Cook County sheriff Tom Dart with

Kenneth Parker, who was allegedly found with the remains of the body now known to have been misidentified as Michael Marino

“The Hot List”: Does it name more Gacy victims?

A long-lost list of names points to seven possible additional Gacy victims, but the Cook County sheriff doesn’t seem to want to look for them.

Kenneth Parker, who was allegedly found with the remains of the body now known to have been misidentified as Michael Marino

“The Hot List”: Does it name more Gacy victims?

A long-lost list of names points to seven possible additional Gacy victims, but the Cook County sheriff doesn’t seem to want to look for them.

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Digging in Detroit but No Shovels in Chicago

Forty years after Teamsters Union boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, the Detroit Free Press revealed that the FBI is searching a field for his remains. Now an ex-con named Tony Zerilli suggests Hoffa may have been buried there by the Detroit

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Digging in Detroit but No Shovels in Chicago

Forty years after Teamsters Union boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, the Detroit Free Press revealed that the FBI is searching a field for his remains. Now an ex-con named Tony Zerilli suggests Hoffa may have been buried there by the Detroit

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Report: Dart’s own expert admits quickie search was insufficient

In an article on the search that Sheriff Tom Dart says he conducted at Miami and Elston on March 20, 2013, the Verge reveals that the radar expert Dart hired to help admitted that the tests made that day were not conclusive. The

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Report: Dart’s own expert admits quickie search was insufficient

In an article on the search that Sheriff Tom Dart says he conducted at Miami and Elston on March 20, 2013, the Verge reveals that the radar expert Dart hired to help admitted that the tests made that day were not conclusive. The

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Something stinks

Sheriff Dart announced last week that he’d investigated 6114 W. Miami–the property that Bill Dorsch identified as the likely location for additional victims of John Wayne Gacy–and found nothing. Gacy was the caretaker at the building for several years, and after

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Something stinks

Sheriff Dart announced last week that he’d investigated 6114 W. Miami–the property that Bill Dorsch identified as the likely location for additional victims of John Wayne Gacy–and found nothing. Gacy was the caretaker at the building for several years, and after

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An Open Letter: Bill Dorsch appeals to the “real police”

For the last year and half Tracy Ullman and I have been working with Bill Dorsch to make public his pro bono detective work on perplexing loose ends in the case of John Wayne Gacy. For more than 15 years

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An Open Letter: Bill Dorsch appeals to the “real police”

For the last year and half Tracy Ullman and I have been working with Bill Dorsch to make public his pro bono detective work on perplexing loose ends in the case of John Wayne Gacy. For more than 15 years

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Pictures: the excavation of Gacy’s home in 1978-’79

More from the Second City Cop blog. He’s posted a link to a Picasa set showing photos from the original excavation at Gacy’s home on Summerdale. Those poor officers must be traumatized still. If Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart does

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Pictures: the excavation of Gacy’s home in 1978-’79

More from the Second City Cop blog. He’s posted a link to a Picasa set showing photos from the original excavation at Gacy’s home on Summerdale. Those poor officers must be traumatized still. If Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart does

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Second City Cop post about Marzullo has some interesting comments

The unofficial police blog Second City Cop has a post about the familial link  revealed here between one of John Wayne Gacy’s close associates and the renowned Chicago politician Vito Marzullo. The post is the one dated 12:02 AM today, Monday, March 5.

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Second City Cop post about Marzullo has some interesting comments

The unofficial police blog Second City Cop has a post about the familial link  revealed here between one of John Wayne Gacy’s close associates and the renowned Chicago politician Vito Marzullo. The post is the one dated 12:02 AM today, Monday, March 5.

Vito Marzullo in a 1982 Chicago Tribune photo auctioned on eBay

Vito Marzullo and Gacy: the biggest open secret in Chicago history?

Private detective Bill Dorsch has uncovered evidence that the number of people John Wayne Gacy murdered is more than 33. He’s pinpointed at least one likely location for burials, and he’s gathered witnesses, affidavits, and testimony and turned them over to law

Vito Marzullo in a 1982 Chicago Tribune photo auctioned on eBay

Vito Marzullo and Gacy: the biggest open secret in Chicago history?

Private detective Bill Dorsch has uncovered evidence that the number of people John Wayne Gacy murdered is more than 33. He’s pinpointed at least one likely location for burials, and he’s gathered witnesses, affidavits, and testimony and turned them over to law

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If reporters don’t pay attention, no one will

When it comes to history and how it’s reported in the news, do you want to know what really happened or do you want to know what public officials want to tell you? Anyone can make mistakes, and I don’t

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If reporters don’t pay attention, no one will

When it comes to history and how it’s reported in the news, do you want to know what really happened or do you want to know what public officials want to tell you? Anyone can make mistakes, and I don’t

Filmmaker Tracy Ullman

Tracy Ullman appeals to parents of missing in Huffington Post

What’s the point of trying to uncover new evidence in the long cold case of John Wayne Gacy? Tracy Ullman explains on Huffington Post. It’s the parents.

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Tracy Ullman appeals to parents of missing in Huffington Post

What’s the point of trying to uncover new evidence in the long cold case of John Wayne Gacy? Tracy Ullman explains on Huffington Post. It’s the parents.

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Politicians’ public statements raise doubts about sincerity

The Cook County’s sheriff and state’s attorney are both on record agreeing that the property at Miami and Elston deserves investigation. But after Michael Sneed revealed on a recent Friday night that State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez had approved Sheriff Tom Dart’s

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Politicians’ public statements raise doubts about sincerity

The Cook County’s sheriff and state’s attorney are both on record agreeing that the property at Miami and Elston deserves investigation. But after Michael Sneed revealed on a recent Friday night that State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez had approved Sheriff Tom Dart’s

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A new Gacy investigation or just more talk about investigating?

The news that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez finally responded to Sheriff Tom Dart’s request for a search warrant for 6114 W. Miami with a long-overdue thumbs up was welcome indeed. That’s not to say that we’re popping corks

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A new Gacy investigation or just more talk about investigating?

The news that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez finally responded to Sheriff Tom Dart’s request for a search warrant for 6114 W. Miami with a long-overdue thumbs up was welcome indeed. That’s not to say that we’re popping corks

It’s on.

Bill Dorsch deserves a good night’s sleep tonight. If Michael Sneed’s report, just posted online, is correct, the sheriff’s finally been given the go-ahead by the state’s attorney to perform a search for additional victims of the serial killer John

It’s on.

Bill Dorsch deserves a good night’s sleep tonight. If Michael Sneed’s report, just posted online, is correct, the sheriff’s finally been given the go-ahead by the state’s attorney to perform a search for additional victims of the serial killer John

Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez

Is Alvarez too political to consider search warrant application?

Rob Wildeboer reports on WBEZ that attorneys for victims of police torture under Jon Burge–and other officers who remain unprosecuted–say that Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez is unfit to review these cases. Now a class action petition has been

Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez

Is Alvarez too political to consider search warrant application?

Rob Wildeboer reports on WBEZ that attorneys for victims of police torture under Jon Burge–and other officers who remain unprosecuted–say that Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez is unfit to review these cases. Now a class action petition has been

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How Sherry Marino finally got the news about her son

Reporters are finally paying attention to Sherry Marino. What they’re reporting is this. Her long-held suspicions about the remains identified as those of her son were correct. They belong to someone else. In May 2011, Sherry Marino approached investigator and

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How Sherry Marino finally got the news about her son

Reporters are finally paying attention to Sherry Marino. What they’re reporting is this. Her long-held suspicions about the remains identified as those of her son were correct. They belong to someone else. In May 2011, Sherry Marino approached investigator and

Tom Dart agreeing to file a search warrant last summer

The sheriff asks Dorsch for help

Sheriff Tom Dart’s announcement this week that he’s submitted an application for a search warrant to State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is good news for anyone hoping the government will try to identify any heretofore unknown victims. He says he’s asking for

Tom Dart agreeing to file a search warrant last summer

The sheriff asks Dorsch for help

Sheriff Tom Dart’s announcement this week that he’s submitted an application for a search warrant to State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is good news for anyone hoping the government will try to identify any heretofore unknown victims. He says he’s asking for

Tom Dart’s baby steps do not satisfy

You’ve probably heard the news about the Peoria teen who went missing in 1978. His parents had long labored under the assumption that he’d been a victim of John Wayne Gacy, but when their DNA was put into a national

Tom Dart’s baby steps do not satisfy

You’ve probably heard the news about the Peoria teen who went missing in 1978. His parents had long labored under the assumption that he’d been a victim of John Wayne Gacy, but when their DNA was put into a national

Lynn Troester in an interview with the Better Goverment Association in 1998

Video: The view from the garden apartment

As I mentioned earlier, Sheriff Tom Dart’s investigators recently spent a day interviewing people who lived near the intersection of Miami and Elston when John Wayne Gacy had access to a small apartment building there. Bill Dorsch had collected their testimony

Lynn Troester in an interview with the Better Goverment Association in 1998

Video: The view from the garden apartment

As I mentioned earlier, Sheriff Tom Dart’s investigators recently spent a day interviewing people who lived near the intersection of Miami and Elston when John Wayne Gacy had access to a small apartment building there. Bill Dorsch had collected their testimony

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The power of publicity

Bill Dorsch saw some of his work pay off this weekend. The former police homicide detective has been trying for 15 years now to tell his story about the possibility of Gacy victims buried at Miami and Elston. There was

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The power of publicity

Bill Dorsch saw some of his work pay off this weekend. The former police homicide detective has been trying for 15 years now to tell his story about the possibility of Gacy victims buried at Miami and Elston. There was

Alvarez: Go for it.

Sheriff Tom Dart agrees to pursue a search: now it’s up to Alvarez

As you know from previous posts, we’ve been urging Cook County sheriff Tom Dart to reexamine the property at Miami and Elston because of the strong possibility it holds remains of victims of John Wayne Gacy. We’ve spoken to a

Alvarez: Go for it.

Sheriff Tom Dart agrees to pursue a search: now it’s up to Alvarez

As you know from previous posts, we’ve been urging Cook County sheriff Tom Dart to reexamine the property at Miami and Elston because of the strong possibility it holds remains of victims of John Wayne Gacy. We’ve spoken to a

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Police officers weigh in on the possibility of additional victims of John Wayne Gacy

The unofficial police blog Second City Cop made a post about this site and the comments are flying. Readers seem to be split down the middle on whether or not there are more Gacy victims at Miami and Elston, but what’s

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Police officers weigh in on the possibility of additional victims of John Wayne Gacy

The unofficial police blog Second City Cop made a post about this site and the comments are flying. Readers seem to be split down the middle on whether or not there are more Gacy victims at Miami and Elston, but what’s

Alvarez: Go for it.

DNA samples of John Wayne Gacy victims fail to match families’

Local media outlets are reporting that another round of test results has failed to match the DNA of known victims of John Wayne Gacy with DNA recently submitted by families of young men who disappeared in the 1970s. When Sheriff

Alvarez: Go for it.

DNA samples of John Wayne Gacy victims fail to match families’

Local media outlets are reporting that another round of test results has failed to match the DNA of known victims of John Wayne Gacy with DNA recently submitted by families of young men who disappeared in the 1970s. When Sheriff

Cook County sheriff Tom Dart

Video: Sheriff Tom Dart agrees to search for additional Gacy victims

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

Cook County sheriff Tom Dart

Video: Sheriff Tom Dart agrees to search for additional Gacy victims

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

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Video: “We don’t want no more bodies”

When John Wayne Gacy was arrested in 1978 and the excavations began that would reveal the remains of dozens of victims buried in and around his home, something clicked for Bruno Muczynski. Muczynski lived for a time at 6114 W. Miami,

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Video: “We don’t want no more bodies”

When John Wayne Gacy was arrested in 1978 and the excavations began that would reveal the remains of dozens of victims buried in and around his home, something clicked for Bruno Muczynski. Muczynski lived for a time at 6114 W. Miami,

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Video: A neighbor’s chilling “aha” moment

Police officer Bruno Muczynski lived in the garden apartment of the five-flat at Miami and Elston for part of the time John Wayne Gacy worked there as a caretaker. Though Muczynski and his wife, Lynn, had moved away by the

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Video: A neighbor’s chilling “aha” moment

Police officer Bruno Muczynski lived in the garden apartment of the five-flat at Miami and Elston for part of the time John Wayne Gacy worked there as a caretaker. Though Muczynski and his wife, Lynn, had moved away by the

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Witness: Giant holes in the ground

Mike Nelson can point to exactly where the holes were. Running along two sides of the triangular front yard of the building at Miami and Elston, they were dug by John Wayne Gacy as he performed his duties as caretaker

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Witness: Giant holes in the ground

Mike Nelson can point to exactly where the holes were. Running along two sides of the triangular front yard of the building at Miami and Elston, they were dug by John Wayne Gacy as he performed his duties as caretaker

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Missing children, “The Wire,” and reasons to persist

Today is National Missing Children’s Day, which leads to thoughts of the parents and loved ones mourning the victims of John Wayne Gacy–the ones who frantically searched for months, sometimes years, before their boys were found in 1978 in the

Michael K. Williams as Omar on "The Wire"

Missing children, “The Wire,” and reasons to persist

Today is National Missing Children’s Day, which leads to thoughts of the parents and loved ones mourning the victims of John Wayne Gacy–the ones who frantically searched for months, sometimes years, before their boys were found in 1978 in the

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Proof the police believed

In the summer of 1998, Bill Dorsch had retired from the Chicago Police Department and was working as a private detective for IFPC, an investigative services company run by Jim Fruin, the commander of detectives whom Dorsch had worked under

This page from US Radar's report shows the results of just one "anomaly" under the blacktop indicating a need for further investigation.

Proof the police believed

In the summer of 1998, Bill Dorsch had retired from the Chicago Police Department and was working as a private detective for IFPC, an investigative services company run by Jim Fruin, the commander of detectives whom Dorsch had worked under

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An eerie late-night encounter with John Wayne Gacy

In the mid-1970s, Bill Dorsch lived just around the corner from a small apartment building at 6114 W. Miami where John Wayne Gacy was under contract to do low-level construction and maintenance. Dorsch had grown up close by and had stayed in the neighborhood,

Bill Dorsch

An eerie late-night encounter with John Wayne Gacy

In the mid-1970s, Bill Dorsch lived just around the corner from a small apartment building at 6114 W. Miami where John Wayne Gacy was under contract to do low-level construction and maintenance. Dorsch had grown up close by and had stayed in the neighborhood,

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Did Gacy bury other victims here?

In the 1970s John Wayne Gacy, an independent contractor in Chicago, had a sideline as a caretaker at a small apartment building at the intersection of Miami and Elston Avenues, on the city’s far northwest side. After Gacy was arrested

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Did Gacy bury other victims here?

In the 1970s John Wayne Gacy, an independent contractor in Chicago, had a sideline as a caretaker at a small apartment building at the intersection of Miami and Elston Avenues, on the city’s far northwest side. After Gacy was arrested