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Wednesday
Nov302011

DNA Evidence ID's John Wayne Gacy Victim Three Decades Later

Des Plaines Police Department, Tim Boyle(CHICAGO) -- A boy who disappeared 35 years ago -- when he was 19 years old -- has finally been identified as a victim of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Tom Dart told reporters on Tuesday that DNA testing had positively identified William “Bill” George Bundy as one of Gacy’s victims.

Bundy was among eight previously unidentified victims -- all boys and young men -- whose partial remains were sent to a testing lab at the University of North Texas.  Bundy’s brother, Robert, and sister, Laura, came forward after Dart launched a public campaign asking families of young men who could have been Gacy victims to provide DNA samples.

“I do hope and pray that Laura and Robert might find some peace and closure with the news today,” Dart said.

Bundy’s is the first positive identification of the eight previously unidentified victims, whose bodies were exhumed earlier this year, at Dart’s request, in the hope that sophisticated DNA testing that was not available at the time of Gacy’s killing spree could help clear up the mystery surrounding the unidentified remains.

Even if the remaining leads don’t turn up a clear connection to Gacy, technicians at the Texas lab will match them against a Justice Department database that contains an estimated 40,000 other unidentified bodies.

According to forensic pathologist Dr. Arthur Eisenberg, “If their samples can get into the national databases, then their cases are active.  They’re not cold.”

Gacy killed 33 young men and boys between 1972 and 1978, burying their bodies in and around his home outside Chicago.  He was executed by lethal injection in 1994.

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Wednesday
Nov232011

Texas Lab May Hold Key to Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy's Secrets

Des Plaines Police Department, Tim Boyle(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- A lab in Fort Worth, Texas, may hold the key to unlocking one of the nation’s most notorious cold cases: the eight unknown victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

The infamous mass murderer killed 33 young men and boys in the 1970s.  Most of the bodies were buried in and around Gacy’s suburban Chicago home.  Back then, before the days of DNA testing, investigators had to rely mainly on dental records.

Eight bodies, of boys and young men aged 14 to 27, were never positively identified.  Their remains were exhumed earlier this year in an effort by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to finally clear up the mystery.

Technicians at the University of North Texas Health Science Center are employing their sophisticated testing technology to provide critical clues.

Dart has asked families whose missing relatives fit the profile to provide DNA samples.  He told ABC News that the publicity surrounding the cold case “has turned into some very strong possibilities for identifying these victims from DNA.”

Even if the samples provided by families do not match the remains of Gacy victims, technicians at the Texas lab will check them against a Department of Justice database containing an estimated 40,000 other unidentified bodies across the U.S.

In the next few weeks, the lab hopes to determine whether it can, at long last, take advantage of the latest DNA technology so it can attach names to the eight unidentified victims.

Dart told ABC News affiliate WLS-TV in Chicago that he hopes the results bring some peace to their families: “In some instances, the results are going to be, we still haven’t found your loved one, but he was not one of (Gacy’s) victims, which should be some level of relief.”

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