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Monster Murderabilia

When we visited the Crime Museum in Washington, DC, a couple weeks ago, there was a room containing various items that once belonged to serial killers. The most objects on display once belonged to John Wayne Gacy, a monster who killed 33 young men and boys in the Chicago area. He was sentenced to death and was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994. Purportedly his last words were “kiss my ass.”

On display was an autographed photo of Gacy dressed as Pogo the Clown, a character he often portrayed to entertain children.

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The most personal article in the collection was his black wallet. I laughed at the Playboy Club Executive Key. That seemed to be in its own slot for easy access, unlike the cards encased in plastic. The explanation to the right of the wallet lists the contents, but fails to include the Playboy card in its list.

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John Wayne Gacy was a husband, father, business owner, and by all appearances, just a regular guy. On exhibit is the leather jacket that he was wearing when he was arrested.

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Gacy performed for children as two clowns, Pogo and the lesser-known Patches. He was given the moniker of Killer Clown following his arrest. On display were two clown suits, one for each character.

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Between the suits was a self-portrait of Gacy as his alter ego, Pogo the Clown. It appears the killer painted it in 1983.

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Gacy was fond of creating artwork, and housed in the museum is a case containing his paint set used to create his pieces.

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Next to the paint set sits a typewriter that the murderer used to write a book about himself.

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As a true crime fan, the serial killer section was one of my favorite areas of the museum. It’s criminal that the museum will be closing at the end of this month.

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