This was not an easy assignment.
How do you tell a story 40 years after it happened? And such a gruesome and horrifying one?
In these photographs, the horrors of the serial killer John Wayne Gacy are portrayed to remind people what his victims endured, and to highlight the six young boys who, 40 years later in 2018, remain unidentified. John Wayne Gacy sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men in Cook County, Illinois between 1972 and 1978 and spent 14 years on death row before he was executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center in 1994. In 2010, the case was reopened by the Cook County Sheriff and previously unknown victims William Bundy and James Haakenson were identified by modern DNA testing and other evidence and the efforts of Detective sergeant Jason Moran: “The reason why this case is still on the minds of Chicagoans and throughout the country, is not just the amount of victims Gacy had, it's because Gacy had everybody fooled, and we don't like that feeling. He was a businessman, a local businessman, he worked in politics, being a ward committeeman. He dressed up as a clown and entertained children. He would have huge parties at his residence, where 200 people would come. They would go into the house to use the washroom and there was maybe 15, 16, 17, 18 victims buried in his crawlspace. He had everybody fooled in that way and people don't like that feeling. He wasn't the ghoul that most people would expect from a serial killer.”
A team of my extremely hard-working colleagues helped create this project, and you can see the whole thing over here: John Wayne Gacy was arrested 40 years ago in a killing spree that claimed 33 victims and shattered the illusion of the safe suburban community