Victim of sick serial killer John Wayne Gacy identified 45 years after his death

Notorious “killer clown” John Wayne Gacy is known to have murdered at least 33 people. But at least five of his victims remained unidentified.

The serial killer lured young men and boys to his home in Norwood Park Township, on the outskirts of Chicago, handcuffed them, sexually assaulted them, and killed them. He was arrested in 1978 and spent 14 years on Death Row.

Now, 27 years after Gacy was executed by lethal injection, another one of his victims has finally been named, Fox News reports.

Police used DNA records to identify young man known as “Victim No.5” as North Carolina man Francis Wayne Alexander.

Alexander had moved to Gacy’s Chicago “hunting ground” in the mid-1970s and was killed at some point in 1976 or 1977.

Exactly when Alexander was killed, and how Gacy lured him into his home, will remain a mystery.

Investigators say all they know for certain is that “Alexander lived in an area that was frequented by Gacy and where other identified victims had previously lived.”

Alexander’s sister, Carolyn Sanders, said that her family were grateful to the sheriff’s office for finally giving them “closure”.

“It is hard, even 45 years later, to know the fate of our beloved Wayne,” she wrote.

“He was killed at the hands of a vile and evil man. Our hearts are heavy, and our sympathies go out to the other victims’ families. … We can now lay to rest what happened and move forward by honouring Wayne.”

Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart launched a renewed search for Gacy’s unidentified victims in 2011, using DNA profiles from their bodies.

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At a press conference, Sheriff Dart said he was actively seeking DNA samples from individuals across the United States related to any male missing between 1970 and 1979.

Almost as soon as Sheriff Dart launched his search, construction worker William Bundy was identified as one of Gacy’s unknown victims. In 2017, the office identified a second body as that of 16-year-old Jimmy Haakenson, who disappeared after he phoned his mother in Minnesota and told her that he was in Chicago.

Five known Gacy murder victims remain unidentified, Sheriff Dart said.

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