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John Wayne Gacy- A Look Into a Killer Mind Introduction The question is How could a man considered by so many to be an upstanding citizen actually be the murderer of thirty three young men Within the pages of this report I intend to examine Gacys life through two psychological theories in order to give some insight into some of the factors that may have caused Gacy to act as he did The beginning of this paper will start with some family history and then move into the criminal aspects of this case Offender Background Family Private Life John Wayne Michael Gacy was born on March 17 1942 to parents John Stanley Gacy and Marion Elaine Robinson He grew up in Norridge Illinois a suburb of Chicago with two sisters Up until age eleven he attend a Catholic School and then later moved and enrolled in public school Although regarded as a good student he never finished high school Sears 1991 Life for young John Gacy was difficult His father was very abusive and strict as well as a perfectionist Stanley was an alcoholic who was self-contained and silent and was a quick tempered individual who often exploded with little warning Stanley believed that to spare the rod was to spoil the child Anonymous 199251 John was always trying to please his father but anything he had done was ridiculed His father would constantly belittle John often calling him names like stupid mamas boy or sissy Stanley never let an opportunity go by without letting him know how much of a disappointment he was Johns mother Marion was a hard working pharmacist who loved to sing and dance and socialize over a few drinks with her
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