New serial killer victim identified 49 years after killing dozens and hiding them in his crawl space – .

New serial killer victim identified 49 years after killing dozens and hiding them in his crawl space – .

One of the unidentified victims of John Wayne Gacy, who raped, tortured and killed 33 boys and young men in the 1970s and stored them in a crawl space under his house, has been identified through DNA and genealogical data.
Frederick Wayne Alexander was 21 or 22 when he was killed by Gacy on his ranch in the village of Norridge near Chicago.

While most of his victims have been identified, six have not. Through a process called genetic genealogy, one more victim has been identified.

Gacy was a prolific killer, known for torturing and raping his victims – all men – before murdering them, often by strangulation or asphyxiation. He hid 26 of the bodies of his victims in a crawl space in his home, sometimes using quicklime to speed up the decomposition of the bodies. He buried his other victims elsewhere on his property and threw a few into a nearby river.

Most of Gacy’s victims were men from Greyhound bus stops or people he picked up on the street, often offering them drinks, food, or money for sex in order to lure them to his. House. He physically abducted some of his victims and tricked others into believing he was the local sheriff’s deputy using a fake badge and a searchlight on his car.

Prior to his series of murders, Gacy was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy and later of attempting to beat him to silence him. Gacy spent 17 months in jail, after which he moved to the ranch where the majority of his murders are said to have taken place.

In public, Gacy was a prolific fundraiser and participated in several charities. He eventually joined a group of clowns, often for free, where he developed his “Pogo” and “Patches” characters, both clowns. Gacy performed frequently at children’s parties while wearing her clown outfit.

During his murders, after luring his victims to his home, Gacy would often gain their trust by eating or drinking and then offering to teach them a magic trick, sometimes dressed as his clown characters. He would then put on the handcuffs and escape from the handcuffs using a key hidden between his fingers.

Once he showed the trick to his victims, he offered to teach them how to do it. After he tied his victims in handcuffs, he allegedly told them that “the trick is, you have to have the key” before he raped and tortured them. Eventually, he killed his victims by strangling them with a rope or thrusting rags deep into their throats. Because of his method of killing and his dress, he became the “killer clown”.

Almost 50 years have passed since Gacy’s murders, but through a process called genetic genealogy, another victim has been identified by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with a group called the DNA Doe Project.

The DNA Doe Project uses genetic genealogy – combining DNA records with genealogical data such as journal articles, public records, and family trees – to find family members of people who have died without being identified.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he believed the method would help identify other unidentified deceased people.

The victim identified this week, Mr. Alexander, had moved away from his family when he went missing, according to the sheriff’s office. They said Mr Alexander left home and appeared to be unwilling to have contact with his family, which is why they never filed a missing person report about him.

They said they were relieved to hear what happened to him, even though his end was at the hands of a horrific serial killer.

“It is difficult even 45 years later to know the fate of our beloved Wayne,” Mr. Alexander’s sister Carolyn Sanders wrote in a statement. “He was killed by a mean and mean man. Our hearts are heavy and our condolences go out to the families of the other victims. … We can now end what happened and move on by honoring Wayne.


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