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John Wayne Gacy's DNA May Help Solve Cold-Case Murders
The Times-Picayune ^ | December 03, 2012

Posted on 12/04/2012 3:12:13 PM PST by nickcarraway

Detectives have long wondered what secrets serial killer John Wayne Gacy and other condemned murderers took to the grave when they were executed -- mostly whether they had other unknown victims.

Now, in a game of scientific catch-up, the Cook County Sheriff's Department is trying to be creative: They've created DNA profiles of Gacy and others and figured out they could get the executed men entered in a national database shared with other law enforcement agencies because the murderers were technically listed as homicide victims when they were put to death by the state.

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TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: chicago; coldcase; cookcounty; crimestatistics; dna; evilclowns; johnwaynegacy; murder; serialkillers

1 posted on 12/04/2012 3:12:22 PM PST by nickcarraway
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Wow... After only twenty years and twelve seasons of CSI, they finally get this bright idea... Better late than never.


2 posted on 12/04/2012 3:16:32 PM PST by jimmygrace
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To: nickcarraway
John Wayne Gacy: a good Democrat who was even a delegate for Jimmy Carter (all true).

Against my better judgment, I read one of the crime reports on him involving one of his torture/murders.

Gacy told the police the boy "begged" to be killed during the middle of the torture session, and Gacy refused - he was enjoying it too much.


3 posted on 12/04/2012 3:30:09 PM PST by SkyPilot
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How the heck were the murderers listed as “homicide victims when they were put to death by the state [for having committed murder]”? This is truly bizarre.

Another interesting thing they could be examining would be any common genetic markers among these people (I’m sure somebody has already thought of this). I would suspect that some of them had damaged chromosomes.

This doesn’t negate the effect of sheer evil, because I honestly believe that, as we used to sing in the Catholic Church at Compline (from the First Letter of Peter, I believe), “the Devil like a roaring lion goes about seeking whom he may devour.”

But people with a damaged mind will be much more susceptible to this, especially in a society that has rejected all of the moral counsels of Christianity and even the Ten Commandments.


4 posted on 12/04/2012 3:35:00 PM PST by livius
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How the heck were the murderers listed as “homicide victims when they were put to death by the state [for having committed murder]”

"Homicide" is always the cause of death in state executions. They were killed, justifiably, by another individual. Homicide does not always equal "murder."

5 posted on 12/04/2012 4:09:58 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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How the heck were the murderers listed as “homicide victims when they were put to death by the state [for having committed murder]”? This is truly bizarre.

It's being used as a technicality.

While the state does send to the FBI's Combined DNA Index System the profiles of homicide victims no matter when they were killed, it will only send the profiles of known felons if they were convicted since a new state law was enacted about a decade ago that allowed them to be included, Moran said.

That meant the profile of Gacy, who received a lethal injection in 1994, and the profiles of other executed inmates could not qualify for the database under the felon provision. They could, however, qualify as people who died by homicide.

"They're homicides because the state intended to take the inmate's life," O'Neil said

6 posted on 12/04/2012 4:15:55 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: Focault's Pendulum; Repeat Offender

Yes, technically that’s true, they were killed by another person and are therefore homicides in the cause of death category. But there really should be a qualifier in the case of executed persons, since this has obviously interfered with the collecting of information, including police and, I would assume, statistical information.


7 posted on 12/04/2012 4:24:25 PM PST by livius
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Apparently the new directive did not allowed them to be grandfathered in.


8 posted on 12/04/2012 4:48:35 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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Gacy told the police the boy "begged" to be killed during the middle of the torture session

Same thing with the Yosemite murders. The young girl who was captured begged to die.

9 posted on 12/04/2012 4:55:51 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: nickcarraway

John Wayne Gacy’s worst sin is that he missed obama


10 posted on 12/04/2012 5:42:56 PM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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I was just a child when the Gacy murders came to light, but it always stuck in my memory. Along the way I befriended a man who actually lost a couple of high school classmates to the Killer Clown.


11 posted on 12/04/2012 7:35:02 PM PST by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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