What Really Happened To John Wayne Gacy's Home After He Was Caught?

The following story includes allegations of domestic violence, murder, and kidnapping.

American serial killer John Wayne Gacy was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 17, 1942. Gacy didn't have the most pleasant childhood. His father was an alcoholic who harshly beat Gacy and his siblings for misbehaving. His mother also fell victim to his father's abuse on several occasions. On top of his traumatizing childhood, Gacy struggled with thoughts of homosexuality, which was severely frowned upon at that time, according to Biography.

On the surface, Gacy seemed like an average guy. He spent his early career as a manager at a local fast-food restaurant and eventually became a self-building contractor. Accompanying his successful career, Gacy was beloved by his community as he hosted events and provided support in a variety of ways to his community. The Famous People states that it wasn't until the 1970's, when Gacy was arrested for sexual assault, that the bodies of his victims were discovered. John Wayne Gacy was sentenced to death and today is still known as one of the most notorious serial killers the Unites States has ever seen, having raped and killed a total of thirty-three young men before being caught.

The home of john wayne gacy

During the time of his murders, John Wayne Gacy lived in the suburbs of Chicago at 8213 West Summerdale Avenue. Distractify claims that from the outside, the house seemed normal and never aroused any suspicions before the discovery was made within. The home not only housed the bodies of Gacy's victims but was also the location where all those victims were raped, tortured, and murdered. Newsweek states that twenty-six of the thirty-three victims were found in empty crawl spaces throughout the house. Three more victims were found scattered about the property, and the final four were discovered in the Des Plaines River, which is not far from the property.

Realtor.com states that after the bodies were discovered and removed from their locations on and off the property, the house was destroyed. Between 1979 and 1986, the property remained empty until a new 2,500-square-foot home was built in its place. The new home is a beautiful three-bedroom and two-bathroom ranch-style house that has sold several times since it was built, the last being for the fair price of $395,000 last March. Although the new house remains untouched by Gacy and his murders, the property still looms with the history of the unspeakable events that occurred there many years before.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).