On Monday, October 25th, 2021, the Cook County Sheriff’s Department announced they identified the remains of Francis Wayne Alexander, a North Carolina native who was found in Gacy’s crawl space on Dec. 26, 1978.
Authorities believe Gacy killed Alexander, who would have been 21 or 22 at the time, between early 1976 and early 1977.
He was identified through DNA evidence and genealogical databases and DNA evidence was conducted through a tooth.
Francis’ family was notified and was quoted as saying the following –
“It is hard, even 45 years later, to know the fate of our beloved Wayne,” Wayne’s family said in a statement. “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. Our only comfort is knowing this killer no longer breathes the same air as we do.”
John Wayne Gacy was an American serial killer and sex offender known as the Killer Clown who assaulted and murdered at least 33 young men and boys. Gacy regularly performed at children’s hospitals and charitable events as “Pogo the Clown” or “Patches the Clown”.
We’ve talked about Gacy on our podcast in episode 33 back in April – you can listen below if you’d like to!
It’s a wild story and one that has been told many times – but Gacy always creeps us out.
Here’s to being able to identify more victims of Gacy and others that have passed through the years and not been able to be identified.