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Twelve of Gacy's identified victims. From top to bottom: John Butkovitch, 17 John Szyc, 19 Randall Reffett, 15 John Mowery, 19 Sam Stapleton, 14 Rick Johnson, 17 William Carroll, 16 Matthew Bowman, 19 Russell Nelson, 21 Darrell Sampson, 18 Gregory Godzik, 17 Robert Piest, 15
Timothy Jack McCoy
On January 2, 1972 Gacy picked up a 15 year old youth named Timothy Jack McCoy from a Chicago Greyhound bus terminal. McCoy was from Michigan traveling on a sightseeing tour of Chicago. Gacy drove McCoy to his home promising that he could spend the night and be dropped off at the bus terminal in the morning on time to catch the bus. Gacy later stated that "he awoke the following morning to find McCoy standing in his bedroom doorway with a kitchen knife in his hand." Gacy leapt from his bed and McCoy raised both arms in surrender, while at the same time tilting the knife upwards and accidentally cutting Gacy's forearm. After a brutal brawl, Gacy gained control of the situation by wrestling McCoy to the floor and stabbing him repeatedly in the chest while straddling him with his body. Later Gacy walked into his kitchen seeing an open carton of eggs and a slab of unsliced bacon, McCoy had also set the kitchen table for two; he had went to Gacy's room to wake him while "absentmindedly" carrying the kitchen knife in his hand. Gacy burried McCoys body in the crawl space and later covered the youth's grave with concrete.
Three Years later on July 19, 1975 17-year-old John Butkovitch, one of Gacy's Employees disappeared. One day prior to his disappearance, Butkovitch threatened Gacy over an issue regarding two weeks of outstanding back pay. While Gacy's wife and stepchildren visiting his sister in Arkansas, he admitted to luring Butkovitch to his home to discuss the issue of the overdue wages. Gacy conned the youth into cuffing his wrists behind his back, then strangled him to death and buried his body under the concrete floor of his garage. Later Gacy admitted to have "sat on the kid's chest for a while before killing him". Butkovitch's Dodge sedan was found abandoned in a parking lot with the youth's wallet inside and the keys still in the ignition. Over the following three years, Butkovitch's parents called police more than 100 times, urging them to investigate Gacy further.
In December 1976, another Gacy employee, Gregory Godzik, disappeared. While working for Gacy, Godzik informed his family that Gacy had him "digging trenches for some kind of drain tiles" in the crawl space beneath his home. As Godzik's parents and older sister, Eugenia, contacted Gacy about Greg's disappearance, Gacy claimed to the family that Greg had run away from home, having indicated to Gacy prior to his disappearance that he wished to do so. Gacy also claimed to have received a recorded answering machine message from Godzik shortly after the youth had disappeared. When asked if he could play back the message to Godzik's parents, Gacy stated that he had erased it.
On December 30, 1977, Gacy abducted at gunpoint 19-year-old student, Robert Donnelly from a Chicago bus stop. Gacy drove Donnelly home with him, raped him, tortured him with various devices, and repeatedly dunked his head into a bathtub filled with water until he passed out, before Gacy revived him. Donnelly later testified at Gacy's trial that he was in such pain that he asked Gacy to kill him to "get it over with", to which Gacy replied: "I'm getting 'round to it". After several hours of assaulting and torturing the youth, Gacy drove Donnelly to his place of work, removed the handcuffs from the youth's wrists, and released him. Donnelly reported the assault and Gacy was questioned about it on January 6, 1978. Gacy admitted to having had "slave-sex" with Donnelly, but insisted everything was consensual. The police believed him and no charges were filed.
25 Identified Victims, 8 Unidentified
Timothy McCoy (15) January 3, 1972
John Butkovitch (17) July 29, 1975
Darrell Sampson (18) April 6, 1976
Randall Reffett (15) May 14, 1976
Samuel Stapleton (14) May 14, 1976
Michael Bonnin (17) June 3, 1976
William Carroll (16) June 13, 1976
Rick Johnston (17) August 6, 1976
Kenneth Parker (16) October 24, 197
Michael Marino (14) October 24, 1976
Gregory Godzik (17) December 12, 1976
John Szyc (19) January 20, 1977
Jon Prestidge (20) March 15, 1977
Matthew Bowman (19) July 5, 1977
Robert Gilroy (18) September 15, 1977
John Mowery (19) September 25, 1977
Russell Nelson (21) October 17, 1977
Robert Winch (16) November 10, 1977
Tommy Boling (20) November 18, 1977
David Talsma (19) December 9, 1977
William Kindred (19) February 16, 1978
Timothy O' Rourke (20) June 16–23, 1978
Frank Landingin (19) November 4, 1978
James Mazzara (21) November 24, 1978
Robert Piest (15) December 11, 1978
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