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 have buried additional victims there.

The BGA interviewed Lynn Troester, who had occupied the basement apartment 6114 W. Miami. She describes Gacy’s strange behavior and what she thought it meant after he was arrested.

Here Troester talks about large holes Gacy dug in the yard and then inexplicably left open.

After seeing the Troester interview, the Chicago Police concurred that the property deserved scrutiny, and conducted an investigation of it in 1998. Now cited by authorities as proof there are no bodies there, the search in fact raised more questions than it answered. Primarily, why did the police dig only at the single spot in the yard where the neighbors told them not to bother with, as they remembered an evergreen in that spot?

In 2011, encouraged by interest from me and Tracy Ullman in his story, Dorsch began tracking down other people who’d lived near the property in the 70s. Ullman recorded interviews with some of them. One, neighbor Mike Nelson describes his recollections of Gacy and his frustration with the search in 1998. He mentions similar mysterious holes in the yard.

Another neighbor, who lived across the street, saw the same holes and describes how they’d randomly appear and disappear. He also says he saw Gacy dragging large heavy bags across the yard in the middle of the night.

Troester’s former husband Bruno Muczynski remembers the holes too. And Gacy working in the basement during the wee hours.

After Gacy was arrested, Muczynski, a Chicago police officer, called his superiors to report his suspicions. The reply he received: “We don’t want no more bodies.”

In response to these interviews and other evidence presented to him by Dorsch, Sheriff Tom Dart appears to agree that the property deserves another look.

Next, after Dart’s own investigators concluded there was no cause for a search, Dorsch submitted further evidence: affidavits, letters, and other materials that indicated the likely presence of human remains at 6114 W. Miami.

Then in March 2013, Dart did conduct a survey of the property, but his methods suggest that it shouldn’t be considered conclusive.

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