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Archive of letters from serial killer John Wayne Gacy  

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Archive of letters by serial killer John Wayne Gacy

Gacy, John Wayne

Menard, IL




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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