Good news for fans of the many Netflix documentaries that look at the darkest serial killers in history. Since this Wednesday, April 20, the miniseries John Wayne Gacy: Self-portrait of a killer is available on the streaming platform and offers, through three episodes, to delve into the origins of the “Killer Clown”, or “killer clown” who wreaked havoc in the United States in the 70s thanks to the very popular clown character he created for himself, Pogo. If Netflix decided to devote a documentary to him, it is because director Joe Berlinger, to whom we already owe the documentary on serial killer Ted Bundy, looked into hours of unpublished audio recordings of the interrogations of John Wayne Gacy that allow you to dive directly into the head of this bloodthirsty killer.
The release of the documentary was also an opportunity for the Sun to interview a person who was directly confronted with John Wayne Gacy: the last lawyer he had before receiving a lethal injection following his death sentence. This is Karen Conti who, when she was still a child, lived so close to the killer that she was able to witness the gruesome discoveries having been made at the Killer Clown’s home. One of Gracy’s specialties was indeed to lure young men to his home before tying them up, raping them, killing them and then hiding them in the foundations of his own house, or even in his garden. Speaking to The Sun, Karen Conti explained that her client was “the kind of guy who can rape and kill someone and then make himself a sandwich while the body is still warm”.
The Killer Clown killed 33 young men between 1972 and 1978
Still extremely disturbed by her interviews with the Killer Clown, the lawyer says “He told me once that he had watched The Silence of the Lambs. And I asked him what he had felt, if he didn’t didn’t find it terrifying. He said, ‘Oh no, you don’t understand, when you’re John Gacy, you’re on the killer’s side. During her interviews, Karen Conti – who spent more than 50 hours with her client before his death in 1994 – also learned to distinguish his lack of empathy behind such a normal facade. “I’m still haunted by how he was able to pretend to be normal all these years. I was only 29 when I met him in 1993, but it marked me for life. He was jovial, charming, friendly, intelligent and he didn’t look evil If he had looked evil and acted evil, he would never have done so well for all these years”.
The Case of the Killer Clown © Capture/Netflix