3. John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy is famously quoted as saying: “A clown can get away with murder.” As pictured above, this handshake with then–First Lady Rosalynn Cartercertainly proved that nobody knew of his evil side.
The twisted killer, who had an alter ego as “Pogo the Clown,” was six years into his killing spree when this photo was taken in May 1978. On his jacket, he wears a pin indicating special Secret Service clearance.
In the book Buried Dreams: Inside the Mind of John Wayne Gacy, the author recounts the experience of one of Gacy’s first victims, a teenage boy whom Gacy had employed at his construction company. During a business trip to Florida, Gacy sexually attacked the teen in their hotel room.
After they returned to Chicago, the youth entered Gacy’s yard to give him a beating. The attack was stopped by Gacy’s mother-in-law, who believed that it was a dispute over money.
Gacy then started killing his sexual assault victims, likely not eager to repeat the same incident. He claimed the lives of 33 known victims. In 1994, he was executed by lethal injection.