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John Wayne Gacy AKA Pogo the Clown was an American serial killer and rapist that killed 33 teenage boys and young men in Illinois during the '70s.

Today we are going to look at his childhood, relationships, and the crimes he went o to commit later in life.


John Wayne Gacy was born on the 17th of March 1942 in Chicago. He had two sisters, Joanne was the older sister, and Karen was the youngest of the family. His mother was called Marion Elaine Robinson and his father John Stanley Gacy, and they were of Polish and Danish descent. 

He and his siblings were subjected to regular beatings from their alcoholic and violent father whenever they did something wrong. As the only boy, Gacy was bullied by his father and when his mother protected him he would be called a sissy. 

As a child, Gacy was bullied at school because he couldn't play due to a heart condition and he suffered from seizures. This made him feel alienated further and when he was molested at 9 years old he was too scared of his father's reaction he never told him.

His Career and Relationships

After he had an argument with his father he fled to Vegas and worked in a Mortuary for a few months. It did not last long when he was caught sleeping in the embalming room with the corpses. He even admitted that he had slept underneath the body of a young boy whose cause of death had aroused him.

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John Wayne Gacy in 1978. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Gacy studied at business college and graduated in 1964. He became a manager at a fast-food chain in the '60s, but he was reportedly molesting male employees and getting them drunk in his basement. He then went on to become a building contractor in the '70s and used this as another way to get close to young men.

Regardless of this, he was still respected and well-liked in the community. However, his relationships with his wives did not go well. He got married and divorced twice, and was the father to 2 children.

He would cheat on his first wife, attend swinging parties, take drugs and use pornography. During his second marriage, he came out as bisexual and started bringing young boys back to their garage and using gay pornography. 

Pogo the Clown

Gacy joined a clown club in Chicago called The Jolly Joker and began performing at children's parties. He would organise parties for the neighbourhood and dress up as Pogo the Clown to entertain the kids.

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Pogo the Clown costume. Image credit: Steve Terrell @ Flickr
When he was performing he used the names Pogo the Clown or Patches the Clown. He painted his face white, his mouth red and his eyes blue. He wore a hat with colourful pom poms with his red and white suit.

He would also dress as his clown alter egos when he committed some of his crimes. Guests at his parties could smell something strange at his home, but they never suspected it was caused by anything sinister.

His Crimes

He lured his victims in with offers of construction jobs and captured them. Once he had them where he wanted them he would torture and kill them. His usual method of killing his victims was strangulation.

Gacy was first charged and convicted for sexually assaulting 2 boys and received a sentence of 10 years. However, he was released on parole after only 2 years in the Summer of 1970.

He was arrested for the assault of another boy a year later, but this time the charges were dropped as the boy failed to appear for the trial.

By the mid-'70s he would be accused several times of rape and be questioned by the police over disappearances in the area. He later went on to call these years his 'cruising years', as this was when he committed most of his crimes. 

His downfall began in December 1978 when a boy called Robert Piest went missing, and the police were told he was last seen going to see Gacy about a construction job.

The police searched his home and discovered evidence of murder. They also found bodies hidden in the crawl space under his house and in trenches.

Gacy confessed to approximately 30 murders. His first murder was of a boy called Timothy McCoy in 1972. He offered McCoy a bed for the night and paid him for sex, but the following morning when McCoy woke him up he thought he was trying to kill him. He stabbed McCoy in the chest repeatedly and hid him in the crawl space.

The 33 Victims

25 victims were identified and their names are listed below. Unfortunately, 8 of the bodies could not be identified due to the level of decomposition.
  • Timothy McCoy, 18, disappeared January 1972.
  • John Butkovitch, 17, disappeared July 1975.
  • Darrell Sampson, 18, disappeared April 1976.
  • Randall Reffett, 15, disappeared May 1976.
  • Sam Stapleton, 14, disappeared May 1976.
  • Michael Bonnin, 17, disappeared June 1976.
  • William Carroll, 16, disappeared June 1976.
  • Rick Johnston, 17, disappeared August 1976.
  • Kenneth Parker, 16, disappeared October 1976.
  • Michael Marino, 14, disappeared October 1976.
  • Gregory Godzik, 17, disappeared December 1976.
  • John Szyc, 19, disappeared January 1977.
  • Jon Prestidge, 20, disappeared March 1977.
  • Matthew Bowman, 19, disappeared July 1977.
  • Robert Gilroy, 18, disappeared September 1977.
  • John Mowery, 19, disappeared September 1977.
  • Russell Nelson, 21, disappeared October 1977.
  • Robert Winch, 16, disappeared November 1977.
  • Tommy Boling, 20, disappeared November 1977.
  • David Talsma, 19, disappeared December 1977.
  • William Kindred, 19, disappeared February 1978.
  • Timothy O’Rourke, 20, disappeared June 1978.
  • Frank Landingin, 19, disappeared November 1978.
  • James Mazzara, 21, disappeared November 1978.
  • Robert Piest, 15, disappeared December 1978.

The Trial

His trial started on the 6th of February 1980, and he had already confessed to committing the crimes. However, the trial focused mainly on whether or not Gacy was insane when he committed them.

Gacy said the murders were committed by an alternate personality of his and mental health specialists testified for both sides of the insanity argument. 

Eventually, Gacy was found guilty of murdering 33 people and sentenced to serve 12 death sentences and 21 natural life sentences. 

The Execution

He was held at Menard Correctional Centre for a decade and a half, and he claimed he was innocent even though he had already confessed.

John Wayne Gacy was executed by lethal injection on May 10th 1994 at Stateville Correctional Centre.

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Artwork by Gacy. Image credit: Pauk @ Wikimedia Commons
While he was in prison he started to paint and a few of them were auctioned off and made up to £4000. Many of his paintings were of his alter ego Pogo the Clown.

Final Thoughts

I think most people have heard of John Wayne Gacy and/or Pogo the Clown. He has probably been the biggest inspiration for most horror clowns, such as IT and Twisty the Clown in American Horror Story. 

Now, clowns do not scare me very much (except the weird clown ornaments), but what John Wayne Gacy did was and still is horrifying. The fact he used his jobs as a way to lure young men into his traps is disgusting, and the fact he got away with it for so long is shocking!

With his previous conviction, you would think the police would speak to him a lot sooner than they did when boys started to go missing. Especially when the parents of the missing children told the police to do so. So frustrating!

What are your thoughts on John Wayne Gacy and the crimes he committed? Let me know in the comments.

Hello guys. Today is another post that is a bit different from my usual content. I have been nominated by the lovely Maritime Mama for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Please check out her blog because she is so awesome and creates great content!


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and provide a link back to their blog.
  • Answer 11 questions the blogger gave you.
  • Nominate at least 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

The Questions

1. What are the top 3 things you cherish most in your life?

My friends, family and fiance. I cherish them because they make me happy.

2. If you could trade places with any animal for one day, which would you choose?
My cat because I witness them sleep all day and eat a ton, and I wish I could have that!

3. What are two things that have made you happy recently!?
Being noticed at work for my performance and given a new opportunity. Oh, and getting my wedding dress! 

4. Do you blog for fun or are you hoping to make a career with it?
I blog for fun and because what I write about is interesting. 

5. What are your top 5, hands down, favourite Disney films?
Fox and the Hound, The Little Mermaid, Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, and Pinocchio. 

6. Do you have any pets? What are their names?
We have two house cats called Willow and Enzo. 

7. What would be your "perfect" day?
My perfect day would be waking up without an alarm, having breakfast and getting dressed to go for a walk with Ryan. Then we would have food together and then go watch a movie together.

8. Do people in your everyday life know about your blog?
Only a few people do, but I don't really talk about it because they are not interested at all.

9. If you could choose an age to re-visit for however long you wanted, what age would you choose?
I would choose when I was very small and I was on holiday dancing to Whigfield's Saturday Night at a disco haha.

10. If money were no object, what would you buy?
I would make sure all of my family were set for life and they had no worries every again. So, mortgages and bills because they have done so much for me. I know this is not what people would expect, but I am not a very materialistic person.

11. What's your go-to meal when you have to make dinner?
I love me a jacket potato with cheese and beans!

My Nominations

I would love to get everyone involved! You are all amazing and the support you give me is so lovely. So if you read this post, please answer the questions and let's learn more about one another! 💛

My Questions

  1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  2. If you could have one superpower, which one would you choose?
  3. If you could meet one person dead or alive, which person would you choose to spend a day with?
  4. Peanut butter question! Do you prefer it crunchy, smooth or not interested at all?
  5. What is your biggest fear?
  6. Time to big yourself up. What do you like most about yourself?
  7. If you could only wear one outfit forever, what would you pick? 
  8. What is your favourite song of all time?
  9. What would be your ideal holiday if money was no object? Tell us what you would do!
  10. What is your favourite season and why?
  11. Name one thing you could not live without! 
I am terrible at thinking of questions, but I hope you enjoy answering the ones I have created! If you complete this please share your links in the comments or tag me on Twitter! I can't wait to read your posts and get to know you. 😊

The RMS Queen Mary launched in 1936 and was the largest ship in the world. It was decommissioned in 1967 and is now permanently docked at Long Beach in California.

In it's hay-day it carried its fair share of celebrities, artists and politicians, which included the likes of the Kennedy's and Elizabeth Taylor. It also ferried soldiers during World War 2, but today it is more of a tourist attraction and a hotel.

With its history comes a lot of paranormal activity and stories about ghosts aboard the RMS Queen Mary it attracts many ghost hunters, and today we are going to look at some of these stories!

Little Jackie

Jackie is the spirit of a young girl that has been seen the most. She is known for her lively exchanges and answering questions. She has also left wet footprints on the poolside.

Her full name was Jacqueline Torin and she was around 5 or 6 years old when she was believed to have drowned in the second class pool. 

She likes to play in the pool area which is now the Royal Theatre. Jackie has been wandering the ship for 60 years and can be heard singing, laughing and calling for her parents.


Sarah is another young girl that drowned on the Queen Mary. She also drowned around 1949 and is believed to protect Jackie. She has been heard singing with Jackie and can be quite aggressive. 

It's also believed the two girls were actually murdered by another ghost on the ship by the name of Grumpy.


Grumpy the Growling Ghost got the name because they have the strange habit of growling at people in their presence. Their true identity is unknown and he can be found in the pool area, but he has been heard in the boiler room. The smell of cigarette smoke has been reported too.

Image credit: David Jones @ Flickr


Dana was a young woman that was on the ship with her family. Unfortunately, she was murdered along with the rest of her family in their room. 

The murder took place in room B-474 and she was found in the bathroom with a gunshot wound. Her mother and sister were found strangled in the room too. She has been heard calling for her mother and sometimes found with the children at the pool.

The Lady in White

She loves to dance to music that nobody else can hear in the Queen's Salon. She wears a white gown as her name suggests, and she has been witnessed floating in the lobby where she entered an elevator and disappeared.

There is also photographic proof of The Lady in White, and you can see it here.

John Pedder

John was an 18-year-old member of the crew that was crushed to death in the shaft alley at door 13. He was playing a game of chicken with a colleague when the accident happened. It is a very popular place for ghost hunters to visit, and they say he leaves greasy handprints in the places he roams in. 

Final Thoughts

I can believe that there may be spirits on the Queen Mary due to its long history. I researched this quite a bit and the stories can be upsetting, but there is not much information on the people they believe still haunt the ship.

I did find a brilliant website full of information, and there is one website full of EVP evidence. I have spent some time listening, but if you are interested you can find it here.

What are your thoughts on the hauntings? Do you believe the stories or are you sceptical? Let me know in the comments! 

Kristy Bamu was a 15-year-old boy that visited his sister and her partner for Christmas in 2010 and was found dead on Christmas Day at their flat in London.

The case we are discussing today reminds me of the Sylvia Likens murder that I wrote about previously, and is just as horrific.

Attention! The content of this article or section may seem obscene or offensive to some readers.

The Nightmare Begins

Christmas is about spending time with loved ones and spreading joy. Unfortunately, the Bamu children their Christmas would not be a happy one. Kristy travelled from Paris with his 2 sisters and 2 brothers to Manor Park, East London. They travelled there to spend the Christmas holidays with their sister Magalie Bamu. 

Magalie aged 29 lived with her partner Eric Bikubi aged 28 in a flat in London. Her siblings were excited to spend time with their sister and enjoy Christmas with her. However, this is when the nightmare begins.

Kristy travelled to London from Paris, France.
It all began when Kristy wet himself and left the underwear in the kitchen. Bikubi insisted that the pants were sorcery and that the children were practising magic. 

He threatened to throw them out of the window to see how they would fly and started to torture them all until they admitted to practising witchcraft. Whenever their parents called to speak to them they were forced to lie, as they would have a blade held to their throats. 

They were starved and beaten until they admitted they were witches. In the end, the children admitted to the practice to avoid more beatings, except for Kristy. He continued to deny it, which meant Eric continued to punish him. 

The Murder of Kristy Bamu

The couple continued to torture Kristy and would use pliers, a metal pole, knives, a hammer, and planks on the defenceless and terrified boy. In total, they inflicted 130 injuries to his body and Kristy begged to die. They even forced his siblings to take part in the beatings. 

On Christmas Day they placed Kristy into the bath for what they called a ritual cleansing. At this point, Kristy was very weak and when they left him alone he slipped under the water and drowned.

When Eric found him he tried to resuscitate him but he was already gone. 

When the police and paramedics got to the flat they found blood everywhere and the children were hysterical. They tried to help Kristy too but was unable to save him. 

All of the children were hysterical. One of the sisters told them that they had been hurt, and another said they were forced to hit Kristy in the face with a hammer. 

Kristy's face and head were covered in cuts, his teeth had been smashed out with a hammer, ceramic tiles had been smashed over his head, and his ear had been twisted with pliers.

Magalie and Eric were arrested for the torture killing of 15-year-old Kristy Bamu.

The Trial

They stood trial at the Old Bailey and the defence argued that Bikubi suffered from mental illness and Magalie said she was forced to take part. However, evidence proved that she hit Kristy and encouraged his violence. 

The Old Bailey. Image credit: TQ3181 @ Geograph
They were both found guilty of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 25 years.

Their parents felt betrayed and could not believe what happened to their son. They said they have forgiven them, but they want to raise awareness for cases of torture involving witchcraft.

Final Thoughts

This case was shocking to me because it only happened in 2010, which is not really that long ago. I was upset by what I read, especially as it was his sister and her partner committing the crime. They were trusted to take care of the children but they did the exact opposite. 

Kristy was one of many children that died in voodoo rituals in the London African communities. I have read about the English witch trials and the Salem witch trials, but to think this kind of behaviour still exists baffles me.

What are your thoughts on this case and ritualistic murders? Please share in the comments below.

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