Illinois authorities confirmed on Monday that they identified another victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who was convicted of killing 33 young men and boys in the 1970s. The remains of one of them were identified thanks to the cooperation of the police with an NGO.
John Wayne Gacy, born in 1942, is one of the most famous serial killers in US history. In the 1970s, he raped and murdered at least 33 boys and young men. Gacy was famous for being a charity clown.
In 1980, he was sentenced to death, and the sentence was carried out after 14 years. Some of Gacy’s victims have never been identified.
Francis Wayne Alexander
On Monday, Illinois authorities announced another identified murder victim. Francis Wayne Alexander was a North Carolina man who moved to Chicago. He was murdered in the mid-1970s. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart told reporters that he was going to fall victim to Gacy between early 1976 and early 1977.
In a statement, Francis’s sister Carolyn Sanders thanked the sheriff for giving the family some “closure” dimension. “It’s hard, even 45 years later, to know the fate of our beloved Wayne,” said Sanders. “He was killed at the hands of a vile and evil man. We have a hard time, and we extend our sympathy to the families of the other victims. We can now leave what happened and move forward, honoring Wayne,” she added.
Francis was identified thanks to the cooperation of the police with an NGO
Francis’s remains were among the 29 that police found on Gacy’s property. Four others were found in rivers south of Chicago.
In 2011, the sheriff’s office exhumed the remains of eight buried victims. Tom Dart called on anyone with a missing male relative in the Chicago area in the 1970s to provide DNA.
A few weeks after this event, it was announced that one set of remains had been identified as the remains of William Bundy, a 19-year-old construction worker. In 2017, the office also identified a second remains that belong to 16-year-old Jimmy Haakenson. The young man went missing after he called his mother in Minnesota and told her he was in Chicago.
Francis Wayne Alexander was identified after the Sheriff’s Department teamed up with the non-governmental DNA Doe Project, which uses genetic information to find relatives of deceased people who have not been identified.
The organization compared the DNA profile of the unidentified victim’s remains with the profiles on the genealogy website. This led her to Alexander’s family, and the man’s mother and stepbrother provided the DNA for comparison.
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