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John Wayne Gacy’s Former Property Hits the Market for $459,000

John Wayne Gacy, one of America’s most notorious serial killers, murdered at least 33 young men at this Chicago site, burying the bodies in the crawl space underneath his home. Although a new home sits on the lot, the home is subject to being questioned about its dark past. Is the home haunted?

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A Chicago property with a killer past– and a former infamous owner, has just hit the market this week for $459,000. The listing, a three bedroom, two bathroom home in metropolitan-Chicago’s Norwood Park, Illinois is known for more than just being a beautiful brick home.

John Wayne Gacy, one of America’s most notorious serial killers, used to live at the property where 8215 West Summerdale Avenue now sits. In the 1970s, Gacy murdered at least 33 young men on the Chicago site, burying a majority of the bodies in the crawl space underneath his home. Gacy’s part-time job where he dressed up as “Pogo the Clown” for fundraisers, parties, and other events across the metropolitan area made him known as Chicago’s “Killer Clown”. Gacy committed most of the murders between 1976 and 1978, the year of his arrest. During the search of Gacy’s victim’s bodies, the home had been completely bulldozed in order to collect evidence and changed the address number from 8213 to 8215. Twenty-nine of his victim’s bodies were found buried underneath his former home, leaving some to wonder if the site is haunted from those whose lives were taken too soon.

A Chicago woman purchased the plot of land in the mid-1980s and built a a place for her parents to retire. The home includes, according to the listing agent, a completely upgraded kitchen and new tear-off roof. With a huge backyard and double-sided fireplace, the retro home is the perfect place to entertain as it even includes a large lofted space that overlooks the living, dining, and kitchen area. But is there an extra, possibly unwanted addition to the home?

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In 2012, officials wanted to excavate the property in search of the additional bodies, however the city turned down their request. With so many lives violently taken away, is it possible the property is haunted? Let us know what you think in our comment section below. 

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