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Were John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey/Jeff Dahmer Friends in Real Life? How Are They Connected?

Sep 26, 2022 @ 8:12 EDT
Were John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey/Jeff Dahmer Friends in Real Life? How Are They Connected?

Even if John Wayne Gacy is shown in Netflix's 'Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story', he and Jeffrey/Jeff Dahmer weren't friends in real life. Both of the serial killers were imprisoned in different places. However, Jeffrey was inspired by John because he had claimed that god had forgiven his sins. As a result, Jeffrey decided to follow baptism. In fact, John was killed by lethal injection on the same day Jeffrey got baptized.

Finally available on Netflix, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is the series that everyone is obsessed with. The actual story of Jeffrey Dahmer and the heinous acts he committed between 1978 and 1991 is the focus of the limited series. But in the 1970s, Dahmer wasn't the only serial killer embarking on a heinous killing spree. Famous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, often known as The Killer Clown, was arrested in December 1978 after killing 33 young men and boys in Illinois between 1972 and 1978.

Dahmer had committed his first murder six months before Gacy's arrest. The 33 murders of which John Wayne Gacy was accused were all proven to be true, and he was given the death penalty. Before being arrested and imprisoned in 1991, Dahmer continued to kill people in Wisconsin while Gacy was on death row.

A little glimpse of John Wayne Gacy is shown in the series because he was making the headlines globally while Dahmer was watching his interviews. Dahmer got inspired him and also followed baptism. In fact, Jeff got baptized the day John was killed by lethal injection. As a result, many viewers of the show wonder if they knew each other. Well, let's find it out.

John Wayne Gacy and Jeff Dahmer Weren’t Friends in Real Life: Learn How Jeffrey and John Are Connected!

Even if John Wayne Gacy is shown in the series, he and Jeffrey/Jeff Dahmer weren't friends in real life. They just happened to make headlines at the same time and knew each other through television interviews.

Dahmer began his prison sentence at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin, in 1992. During this time, Gacy was imprisoned at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois, where he was scheduled to die. Before being moved to the Stateville Correctional Center for his execution in 1994, Gacy was held at the Menard Correctional Center. Gacy was put to death at the Stateville Correctional Center by lethal injection on May 10, 1994. As mentioned above, Dahmer was baptized in the jail's whirlpool on the same day.

However, the final episode of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story features John Wayne Gacy, portrayed by Dominic Burgess. Gacy is depicted drugging, strangling, and drowning one of his victims in 1977 at the beginning of the episode. Later in the episode, while incarcerated, Dahmer watches John's interview. Dahmer then visits the minister in jail to talk about Gacy. Dahmer informs the pastor that, despite popular opinion, he and Gacy are not comparable in his eyes. While he confesses to his crimes, he tells the pastor that Gacy didn't confess. When Gacy is put to death, that is the last time he appears on the show. Now let's learn more about Gacy.

John Wayne Gacy frequently performed as Pogo the Clown or Patches the Clown, two personalities he created, at philanthropic events and children's hospitals. Because of his public performances as a clown before his crimes were discovered, he earned the nickname, Killer Clown.

All of Gacy's killings were done out within his ranch-style home close to Norridge, a community in Norwood Park Township, a Chicago suburb. He would usually entice a victim to his house and trick him into donning shackles on the pretense of showing him a magic act. Then, after torturing and raping his victim, he would either asphyxiate them or strangle them with a garrote to death. Four corpses were dumped in the Des Plaines River, while three more were buried on his land and 26 victims were buried in the crawl space of his house.

In 1968, John Wayne Gacy was found guilty of the sodomy of a juvenile boy in Waterloo, Iowa. He received a ten-year prison term, but he only spent eighteen months of it. After divorcing his second wife in 1976, he murdered at least 30 additional victims after killing his first victim in 1972, twice more by the end of 1975. Gacy was arrested on December 21, 1978, as a result of the inquiry into the disappearance of Robert Piest, a teenager from Des Plaines.

The number of murders included by his conviction—33, all committed by one person—was the highest in American legal history. On March 13, 1980, Gacy received a death penalty verdict. He spent a lot of time painting while imprisoned at Menard Correctional Center on death row. On May 10, 1994, he was put to death at Stateville Correctional Center by lethal injection.

Additionally, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is now available on Netflix.

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