John Wayne Gacy was an American serial killer and sex offender who raped, tortured, and murdered at least 33 young men and boys. Gacy regularly performed at children’s hospitals and charitable events as “Pogo the Clown” or “Patches the Clown”, personas he had devised. He became known as the Killer Clown.
Gacy committed all of his murders inside his ranch-style house near Norridge, a village in Norwood Park Township in suburban Chicago. Typically, he would lure a victim to his home and dupe him into donning handcuffs on the pretext of demonstrating a magic trick.
His conviction for thirty-three murders (by one individual) then covered the most homicides in United States legal history. Gacy was sentenced to death on March 13, 1980. He was executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center on May 10, 1994.
How Did John Wayne Gacy Get Rich?
The reason why anyone thought Gacy was rich, was because that’s what he told people. In Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes, former investigator Mike Albrecht said bragging was a hobby for the killer. “Gacy was full of crap.
He was always boasting about himself, how good he was, how rich he was, just every context he had,” said Albrecht. This lines up with the carefully crafted persona he had throughout his life.
John Wayne Gacy’s Net Worth
John Wayne Gacy has a net worth of $1 million before his death in 1994.
It is said that John was the richest criminal of his time. Most of his money was on his painting career. After his execution, one of his paintings was sold for $200,000.
Another piece was also sold for $20,000. John also earned a substantial amount from his art before he was finally executed.
John Was A Manager At KFC
After his marriage to his first wife in 1964, his father-in-law subsequently purchased three Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurants in Waterloo, Iowa. The couple moved there so Gacy could manage the restaurants, with the understanding that they would move into Marlynn’s parents’ former home, which had been vacated for the couple.
The offer was lucrative: Gacy would receive $15,000 per year (the equivalent of about $134,550 as of 2022), plus a share of the restaurant’s profits.