The home of serial killer John Wayne Gacy has long since been a source of morbid curiosity after the depraved killer was found to have hidden 29 of his victims beneath its floor.
The house of horrors in Des Plaines, Illinois, was torn down in 1979 and now an entirely new home stands in its stead. Yet it’s never quite been able to shake off its macabre past.
With the new Netflix documentary Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes appearing on Netflix, viewers have seen snapshots into the murderer’s home at the time of his arrest.
With the programming going into excruciating detail as the killer himself speaks, it’s hard to imagine the outward façade he played at the time – especially with such a strange and grim home.
Seen as a family man, working hard for charity and revelling in his part-time job as a clown, visiting poorly children in hospital, the revelations of what he was actually doing behind closed doors are sickening.
Zig zag patterns adorned Gacy’s wall, making for an unsettling sight standing out on a completely black background. Paired rather bizarrely with a pool table and a tiki bar in the living room, the two more light-hearted areas of his home perhaps contributed to his deception.
However there was no escaping the wide variety of sinister clown paintings scattered around the house. Many were placed on the dark panelled walls, which seemed to give the impression of a much smaller, enclosed space.
The clowns gazed sinisterly down on visitors to the house – many of them enduring agonising torture and pain before being brutally murdered.
The zigzag patterns, despite being colourful, did little to break down the creepy décor and sights turned distinctly more horrifying when it was realised that Gacy’s victims were scattered all over the home.
In the attic, where he placed one of his victims, 15-year-old Robert Piest, after killing him in the bedroom, in order for John to be able to ‘get into his bed’, the floor was scattered with an odd assortment of objects: from boxes to a pair of handcuffs.
Right next to Gacy’s small bed, with the continued dark panelling on the walls, was another creepy clown photo, showing a pale entertainer with red hair, huge painted lips and a hat, staring down at tragic Robert’s murder scene. A small radio with a box of tissues lay on Gacy’s bedside cabinet.
There was even a freaky clown lamp, stood with large eyebrows and uplifted arms, supporting the lamp shade.
After Gacy’s house was torn down, a new three-bedroom, two-bathroom brick home was built less than a decade later in 1986. It last sold in March 2021 for $395,000.