Victims’ families deserve the truth

Since 2011, my investigative partner, Tracy Ullman, and I have been trying to determine why the official Gacy story contradicts so much available evidence. Gacy was accused of 33 murders, but we have reason to believe there are sites with additional victims and that the story behind the murders is a lot more complicated than the official lone-wolf narrative.

The reaction of law enforcement to revelations we’ve shared with them, including the Cook County sheriff’s office, the Chicago Police Department, and the FBI suggests that the oversights were not accidental and that in fact they are engaged in an ongoing effort to maintain the integrity of the original case, as flawed as it clearly was.

Among the threads we’ve developed over the past decade are:

  • Proof that the forensic anthropologist on the case identified other likely victims
  • An official reinvestigation of a site that may contain Gacy victims
  • Proof that that search was flawed and inconclusive
  • Proof that at least one Gacy victim was misidentified
  • The identification of additional likely sites of burials

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of people who still believe that someone they love was kidnapped and murdered by John Wayne Gacy. Many cling to the hope of one day discovering what happened. Their hopes were raised when Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart pledged to use DNA testing to match the victims with their families. In the past ten years he has identified two out of eight sets of remains. But the six that remain are not the only Gacy victims whose stories have never been told. The mother of one identified victim has proved through DNA testing that her son had been misidentified. The sheriff refuses to acknowledge her legitimate test results. He also refuses to respond to any of the incontrovertible evidence we’ve presented that demolishes the state’s official case against Gacy. Our investigation is ongoing.

If you are one of the many people whose life was affected by this tragedy, and you’d like to share information with me, please post a comment. It will be invisible to anyone else unless you request that I post it publicly, and related requests for privacy will be honored.

 

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