Chicago, the No. 1 US city for serial killers

(CNN) — Don’t be fooled by the elephant statues or zoo-style attractions. When it comes to mass murder in America, Chicago really is the Windy City of Death. Before the infamous serial killer John…

Chicago, the No. 1 US city for serial killers

(CNN) — Don’t be fooled by the elephant statues or zoo-style attractions. When it comes to mass murder in America, Chicago really is the Windy City of Death.

Before the infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy helped put the city on the map as the premiere murder capital of the United States, the city was famous for the murder of Alan Blaisdell, an 8-year-old boy, whom the Windy City hung in a frame from a billboard.

Gacy was executed in 1994. While in prison, he blabbed to pen pals about his crimes. His victims were lured by television commercials promising free-junk-mail. When his victims failed to return home, he killed them. All they needed was a letter or just a glance to bring them to their deaths. Gacy avoided death row thanks to a bizarre decision: He claimed he’d converted to Islam and had become a Muslim while on death row, which the Bureau of Prisons said wasn’t true.

The so-called “L” Killer, who murdered 33 boys and young men between 1972 and 1978, was a youth pastor who attended a local church. Even at the death scene in his home, it was on his television set, not his matrimonial bed that he hung his victims.

Gacy wasn’t the only serial killer to leave a Chicago legacy. Others include the Cook County-based “Windy City Munchkin” killer, John E. Mauser, who murdered seven family members in Cook County before being executed in 1994. Mauser was also a youth pastor. And finally, Bill Hawley, who murdered 26 women and their children in the Chicago suburb of Calumet City between 1971 and 1983.

In a new study, researchers asked the question: What have past mass murderers and rapists actually been called during their trials? The answer was a whole lot of people are still calling them “cleaners” and “mothers.”

Researchers also pulled information on the origin of the term and the association it has with sex offenders.

A Victim of John Wayne Gacy Is Identified: CNN “Placing the murdered children in homemade dollhouses and using them to draw children attracted to the dolls, the children were told they had to follow the directions in order to enter the house and be allowed to come back out,” the study said.

CNN “Placing the murdered children in homemade dollhouses and using them to draw children attracted to the dolls, the children were told they had to follow the directions in order to enter the house and be allowed to come back out,” the study said. New York in the Dark: CNN “Gacy was born in Chicago. His birth parents were both alcoholics and his mother was in and out of jail,” the study said. “The newspaper reports that described Gacy’s upbringing indicated he was kept out of schools, was isolated, and was exposed to alcohol and violence on a regular basis.”

CNN “Gacy was born in Chicago. His birth parents were both alcoholics and his mother was in and out of jail,” the study said. “The newspaper reports that described Gacy’s upbringing indicated he was kept out of schools, was isolated, and was exposed to alcohol and violence on a regular basis.” Larene M. Schorsch, aka Mother of all Murderers: CNN “Back in the early 1960s, some of the most decorated firefighters in the country appeared on the cover of the popular magazine, ‘Do You Believe?’ Schorsch was portrayed by the photographer as a smoldering flame, and the same image was featured on her driver’s license and apartment landlord’s door. Like Gacy, she was a lesbian and a one-time prostitute,” the study said.

CNN “Back in the early 1960s, some of the most decorated firefighters in the country appeared on the cover of the popular magazine, ‘Do You Believe?’ Schorsch was portrayed by the photographer as a smoldering flame, and the same image was featured on her driver’s license and apartment landlord’s door. Like Gacy, she was a lesbian and a one-time prostitute,” the study said. Serial Killers Don’t See Life Any Other Way: CNN “Serial killers are a vocal and obvious minority of the general population. These killers take the media attention they create and use it to try to inflict pain on as many as possible,” the study said.

In the most recent case, cops in Broward County, Florida, recently brought an animal back to life at the request of a resident in 1990. Witnesses called police to report a murder on the 24th floor of a South Florida high-rise.

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