Killer Clown: The John Wayne Gacy Murders by Terry Sullivan with Peter T. Maiken. From the front of the book: The shocking true story of the man convicted of more murders than any other person in United States history!

Some might think that back to back books on the same person would be boring, but each author has his own style. Terry Sullivan was one of the District Attorney’s who help prosecute John Wayne Gacy. He was in on the investigation from the beginning.

This is a very detailed account. The investigation is broken into days. It was 10 days from John Gacy’s last victim being reported missing to the first human bone being found in his crawl space. Terry Sullivan relates where Gacy went and the numerous problems the surveillance team experienced along with the investigation being conducted during these same 10 days. Then begins the recovery process and the preparation for trial.

There is a break right now to go back in time to consider Gacy’s life. The trial is broken down into weeks, again very detailed, with who testified to what at times with word for word transcript. Terry Sullivan does a good job of giving us the meat of the trial without being boring and tedious. Since this book was written in 1983 there is no follow up after Gacy is sentenced.

Killer Clown gives us a very different perspective on Gacy that is informative and interesting.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to true crime fans.

True Crime, Non-fiction
Page count: 375
Stars: 4
Copyright: 1983


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I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

2 responses

  1. Betty says:

    Interesting that you read two back-to-back books about Gacy. Is there a reason for the word “Clown”? Before I came here from Cym’s site, I was thinking of Stephen King’s IT.

    • Bella Foxx says:

      The reason the book is titled ‘Killer Clown’: John Wayne Gacy would dress as a clown to entertain children at the local hospital, at birthday parties etc. When police went into his house there were paintings of clowns in his house, some were of Gacy made up as a clown.