The property where serial killer John Wayne Gacy once notoriously hid dozens of his victims has sold to new owners.
Gacy was convicted of murdering 33 young men and boys between 1972 and 1978 in the Chicago area, many of whom he preyed upon through his contracting business. Of those 33 victims, 29 were found by investigators buried in the crawl space beneath his Des Plaines, Illinois home. The stench from it was so putrid that it eventually led to Gacy’s capture, as Peacock’s recent docuseries “John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise” explains.
Now, the property where that crawl space once existed belongs to new owners who purchased the home for $395,000 on April 16, according to a Realtor.com listing. Realtors initially attempted to get $459,000 for the property, calling it a “must-see” home, when it was listed in 2019.
Technically, the new owners won’t be living within the same walls that Gacy did. Realtor.com notes that the home was built in 1986. The actual structure where the notorious killer lived was torn down back in 1979 as part of the body recovery effort, according to the Chicago Sun-Times and a new home and address were bestowed upon the property. Originally 8213, the home is now 8215 W. Summerdale Ave. in Chicago's unincorporated Norwood Park Township.
It’s unclear if the new owners are aware of the property’s morbid history. In Illinois, realtors do not have to disclose if a property was once a crime scene. However, they must be honest if asked about it.
The property was last sold in 2004 for $300,000. Gacy was executed in 1994.
To learn more about the Gacy case, watch “John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise” on Peacock.