Lot 157 of 395:
Archive of letters from serial killer John Wayne Gacy  

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Estimate:
$1,500 - $2,500

Title:
Archive of letters by serial killer John Wayne Gacy

Author:
Gacy, John Wayne

Place:
Menard, IL

Publisher:

Date:
1980s

Description:

Archive of 18 typed letters by infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, with other related material. Most are signed John or J.W. Mainly correspondence with writer Richard Vachula, who published a 1989 article speculating the Gacy was also responsible for the killing of three young boys in Chicago in 1955 when Gacy was only 13, a charge Gacy denied. Most letters are more than one page and supply Vachula with information about Gacy's past.

The archive comprises:

  • A photocopy of Vachula's story, which appeared in the July 1989 issue of Chicago magazine.
  • 11 letters from John Wayne Gacy to Vachula from February-May 1989, including one letter with Gacy's prescription label attached, showing he uses a nitro patch; plus a one page notarized letter giving Vachula permission to look into the disposition of Gacy's truck. A few of the letters have highlights and pencil underlining.
  • Two copies of a press release issued by Gacy after Vachula's story appeared, calling it sleazy and a fraud and claiming Gacy was blackmailed into answering Vachula's correspondence.
  • Various flyers and other Gacy related information that Gacy often sent along with his letters, including his bio sheet, a flyer for "They Call Him Mr. Gacy," a copy of his daily menu, photocopies of newspaper articles, a price sheet for Gacy paintings of clown heads, etc.
  • Assorted other material, including envelopes from Gacy, an envelope from Chicago detective John Sarnowski to Vachula, a letter from an NBC affiliate congratulating Vachula on his story, a check stup to an unknown for $625 referencing John Gacy, a battery warranty for Vachula, a Chicago Public Schools brochure, etc.
  • Two letters to a Virginia Beach man, in one of which Gacy talks about his sexuality
  • A John Wayne Gacy True Crime Trading Card from Eclipse entertainment, signed by Gacy.

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Condition:
Fine.


 
Item number:
237752
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