A well-known criminal profiler is sharing the bizarre demands that made him stop trying to interview infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, almost three decades after the so-called “Killer Clown” was put to death.
Psychoanalyst John Kelly described in an interview with Fox News Digital this week how when he reached out to Gacy in 1993, the death row inmate replied with a lengthy questionnaire, a request for a photo of the would-be interlocutor, and a self-produced pamphlet protesting his innocence.
“If you want to submit some questions in writing, then I would be willing to answer them so long as they don’t deal with my case,” Gacy – who asked Kelly to call him “John” or “J.W.” – wrote in the missive dated April 9, 1993, while he was incarcerated at Illinois’ Stateville Correctional Center.
“In doing so whenever I talk with anyone I like to know who that is and some common facts about them enclosed is a bio sheet which you can fill out and return with a photo.”
The two-page questionnaire, which Kelly shared with Fox, requests details such as birth date, height, and weight, as well as more personal inquiries including “thoughts on sex,” “personal goals in life,” and New Year’s resolution.
Kelly told the outlet that Gacy’s requests made him give up trying to secure an interview.
“He was trying to find ways to manipulate me,” he said.
“Based on what he wanted to see, and based on the propaganda he wanted me to peddle for him.”
Gacy was sentenced to death in 1980 for the rape, torture, and murder of at least 33 young men and boys between 1970 and 1978.
Several of his victims’ bodies were found buried in his home, and up to five remain unidentified.
Although he was primarily a contractor, the Chicago native earned the nickname “Killer Clown” because he occasionally performed at parties under the clown personas “Pogo” and “Patches.”
Kelly told Fox that Gacy qualified as a “sexual serial killer,” and attributed his heinous crimes in part to his violent childhood at the hands of his alcoholic father.
“This is how serial killers are made,” he said.
In his prison-made pamphlet, however, Gacy argued that he was an innocent man who was railroaded by investigators.
“I am nobody important, just a man caught up in the justice system,” he wrote to Kelly.
In a New Yorker profile published on April 10, 1994, Gacy said his greatest fear was dying without getting the chance to clear his name.
He was executed exactly one month later.
His last meal included fried shrimp and KFC fried chicken.
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