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John Wayne Gacy Jr was the second of three children His older sister Joanne was born two years before him and two years later came his youngest sister Karen All of the Gacy children were raised Catholic and all three attended Catholic schools where they lived on the northern side of Chicago When Gacy was eleven years old he was playing by a swing set when he was hit in the head by one of the swings The accident caused a blood clot in the brain However the blood clot was not discovered until he was sixteen From the age of eleven to sixteen he suffered a series of blackouts caused by the clot yet the blackouts ceased when he was given medication to dissolve the blockage in the brain During Gacys late teens he suffered some turmoil with his father although relations with his mother and sisters were very strong John Wayne Gacy Sr was an abusive alcoholic who physically abused his wife and verbally assaulted his children Although John Sr was an unpleasant individual young Gacy deeply loved his father and wanted desperately to gain his devotion and attention Unfortunately he was never able to get very close to his father before he died something which he regretted his entire life After attending four high schools in his senior year and never graduating Gacy dropped out of school and left home for Las Vegas While in Vegas he worked part time as a janitor in a funeral parlor performing odd jobs He was not happy in Vegas because he couldnt get a decent job He tried desperately to earn enough money to get back home However it was difficult because there were few jobs available for those who did not have a high school diploma It took him three months to earn enough money for a ticket back to Chicago where his two sisters and mother joyfully awaited his arrival Soon after
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