The investigation Tracy Ullman and I have been working on since the fall of 2011, when we met retired homicide detective William Dorsch, served as the basis for a new documentary series airing on Peacock TV beginning March 25, 2021. Directed by Rod Blackhurst, who produced the documentary Amanda Knox, the series includes interviews with several journalists and former police officers who were present at the time of Gacy’s arrest in 1978. But its focus is some of the problems we’ve raised over the course of our investigation, including the question of whether or not some of Gacy’s employees knew about or even participated in the murders, the misidentification of at least one of Gacy’s victims, and the sheriff’s refusal to acknowledge this development or to thoroughly investigate one of several potential locations where Gacy may have buried additional victims.
If you were following along when I was posting updates to this blog about our various discoveries, you know that’s only the tip of the iceberg. For the whole megillah, you’ll have to wait for my book. I’m writing as fast as I can!
The effects of the tragic kidnapping and murders of 33 boys in Chicago in the 1970s rippled through devastated families across the country, but they concentrated particularly hard on the city’s northwest side, where Tracy and I both lived with our respective families when we began working together. As things progressed, we were struck not only by the number of victims’ friends and family members who were hurt by these crimes, but by how many of them were our own acquaintances and neighbors.
The story of the murders was written by law enforcement. Our goal is and has always been to provide a rewrite, one that incorporates the testimony of witnesses whose tips fell on deaf ears, and especially one that takes into account the family members, some of whom were certain Gacy was involved in their sons’ disappearances, who were dismissed and ignored by the Chicago Police. We are sad to say we fear this was done with purpose.