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It is not shocking that John Wayne Gacy Jr was liked and admired by almost all of the people who had known him He was cunning entrepreneur who held elaborate parties for acquaintances and friends He would dress as a clown to entertain children in local hospitals People who knew him thought of him as a kind sociable and painstaking man who was devoted to his family and community Nevertheless there was a side to Gacy Jr that no one had seen On Saint Patricks Day 1942 at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago a baby boy was delivered John Wayne Gacy Sr and Marion Robinson Gacy both Irish immigrants welcomed their first son into the world John Wayne Gacy Jr was the second of three children to be born to the Gacys wwwcrimelibrarycom He had an older sister Joanne and a younger sister Karen All three were raised as Catholics and all three attended the Catholic schools In the neighborhood Gacy Jr was raised in it was a common practice for children to have after school jobs Gacy Jr busied himself with a string of different part-time jobs He was also involved in the Boy Scouts Although he was not a very popular kid in school he was well liked by teachers He made many friends because of the Boy Scouts On the outside Gacy Jr lived a pretty normal childhood except for his proneness for accidents and the lack of a relationship with his father Many accidents befell Gacy Jr during his childhood When he was eleven he was hit in the head with a swing which caused a blood clot in his brain which was not discovered until age sixteen This caused blackouts and migraine headaches for those five years Upon discovery the clot was dissolved by medication When he was seventeen he was diagnosed with a heart ailment This caused him to be hospitalized on many separate occasions in his
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