Killer Clown by Terry Sullivan

Killer Clown

Who was John Wayne Gacy?The model citizen whose business skills were admired by his peers? The hospital volunteer whose sweet-faced clowning lightened the patients' days? The member of the Jaycees who was a civic-minded friend of the community? The depraved maniac who sodomized, tortured, and killed thirty-three young men and boys? Shortly before Christmas of 1978, a teenage boy disappeared from the drugstore where he worked. He would be the fina...


Details Killer Clown

TitleKiller Clown
ISBN9780786014224
Author
Release DateNov 1st, 2000
PublisherPinnacle
LanguageEnglish
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Mystery, Biography
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Reviews Killer Clown

  • ✨Sumi's Books✨
    2019-06-09
    Okay so here's my take on this one... If you like reading about play-by-play police procedures then this book is for you. If not, this book will get very boring very quickly. I wanted so much more out of this book than what it delivered. I wanted a little more insight into Gacy himself. This book was more of a fact delivering work instead of a story that is being told. It's just fact after fact after fact. And some facts that are told in the book...
  • Peter Monn
    2019-06-23
    So much better than I ever imagined! Cant wait to discuss in Peters Book Club! Full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks So much better than I ever imagined! Can’t wait to discuss in Peter’s Book Club! Full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks
  • Johann (jobis89)
    2020-04-19
    2.5 maybe? I enjoyed the updated section at the back the most. Full review to come!
  • Ruthie Jones
    2011-06-26
    Scared the heck out of me when I read this years ago! This book "cured" me of my obsession for true crime novels, although I still read them occasionally. I couldn't stand being alone while I was reading this gruesome story.
  • D'Anne
    2012-05-05
    I was warned by reviews on Amazon that this book was really heavy in the police and trial procedural stuff, and not the psychological aspect of Gacy himself. I was largely okay with this since I am usually really interested in the workings of the criminal justice system. But this book got pretty boring pretty quickly. The first half of the book is essentially a play-by-play account of undercover officers tailing Gacy. They watch his house, they f...
  • Rosie Wedge
    2020-03-14
    Fantastic book if, like me, you're interested in the whole case, not just the gory details of the murders themselves. Could have done with a bit more insight into Gacy as an individual, and his mind, but overall a brilliant read for anyone interested in a deep knowledge of this infamous case!
  • Rebecca McNutt
    2014-11-19
    Words cannot even describe how much John Wayne Gacy creeps me out. I mean, I've hated clowns for years (not because they're scary but because they're annoying and weird), but that's beside the point - this book has very little to do with clowns. The only reason it's titled as such is because it gets attention, and because Gacy often worked as a "professional clown" at a children's hospital. The sad and disturbing irony is that he was also a moles...
  • Glenn Rolfe
    2019-09-04
    An in-depth look from at the psycho killer known as John Wayne Gacy. This is probably the scariest book I've ever read, being that it's all true and deeply, deeply disturbing. I feel like I need a shower now.
  • David Corvine
    2014-04-30
    Predominately concerned with the police investigation and surveillance operation and then the subsequent trial. Balancing one person's right to freedom against another's is really the crux of libertarian thought but when one person has a compulsive desire to strangle another and then sodomize the corpse before burying it under his house then the choice seems quite clear cut to me. It is largely academic whether Gacy was mad or bad he clearly coul...
  • AC
    2018-07-17
    Well written, most procedural on stakeouts and trial..., not much in the way of psychological analysis. The standard sicko, Gacy.
  • Library Witch
    2019-10-03
    As a Chicagoan, I naturally know about Gacy. He was the cucuy, the reason your parents gave you several warnings about talking to strangers and weird cars in the neighborhood. But, reading this, theres just so much I didnt know. I can see how people can be bored with this but I was fascinated. I recognized so many of the streets, and the subdivisions. The story is very clinical but I also enjoy the play by play. If you want to know more about Ga...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    2020-04-05
    I didn't expect this book to be such an intense play-by-play record of the police investigation of Gacy. That narrative tactic is good at times, as it felt very immediate and gives a lot of insight into how police run their investigation. It can also be bad: much of the book is spent with the detectives who followed Gacy around for almost two weeks as they tried to build up evidence to arrest him. Some of that is just not very interesting (the po...
  • Lisa
    2014-12-23
    Proof that you shouldnt judge a book by its cover, inside the shrieking, tabloid style cover of Killer Clown lies a sober account of the investigation into and prosecution of John Wayne Gacy for the murders of at least 33 young men and boys. Co-written by Terry Sullivan, a State Attorney who was involved in the case from the very beginning when the case simply appeared to be the disappearance of 15 year old Robert Piest, he then lead the investig...
  • Susan
    2009-02-24
    Back of Book:WHO WAS JOHN WAYNE GACY?The model citizen whose business skills were admired by his peers?The hospital volunteer whose sweet-faced clowning lightened the patients' days?The member of the Jaycees who was a civic-minded friend of the community?The depraved maniac who sodomized, tortured, and killed thirty-three young men and boys?Shortly before Christmas of 1978, a teenage boy disappeared from the drugstore where he worked. He would be...
  • Jenn
    2017-11-15
    Ive read a lot of true crime in my lifetime. But I had never read the details about Garys killing spree. I knew he played a clown for children but that was about it. I found this tale to be very very long. Too long. It took half a novel to talk about the police following him. And the dinners they ate, the booze they drank. The book could have easily been cut in half and still made sense while advising of the vital details. I’ve read a lot of ...
  • J.N.
    2019-06-11
    Sullivan's writing hooked me from the beginning. While there were a few times in which the book dragged, overall it held my interest fairly well. I also listened to the audiobook, which had a decent narrator.This book made me feel a lot of things: Disgust, Sadness, & Relief (for how things finally ended for this evil man). I liked that this focused more on the investigative side of things since I've never read a book from that POV. While I didn't...
  • Konnie Jones
    2017-12-05
    The book is pretty good for the most part, but towards the end when it got to the trial, it became quite boring. I would've like to have read more about Gacy's side, but it was written by the prosecutor. And what's written on the cover is pretty cheesy. "He murdered 33 boys...now he will die for his crimes!" You can tell this was re-released before his execution. I think there may be better books on Gacy than this one.
  • Mike Murray
    2018-10-06
    4.5 stars really. Amazing, factual look at a truly terrifying killer. Sullivan gives a very close, step-by-step look from the law enforcement end of the story. I knocked it down from a 5 because there are some moments where he gets a bit too technical with Gacy racing around the city and the trouble the cops had with following him, but otherwise, and excellent telling of a sad and horrible story.
  • Ti.Me
    2018-03-09
    A key player in John Wayne Gacy's arrest and conviction gives a mind-blowingly detailed account of his life, crimes, apprehension, and punishment.Among the most complete true crime books I've ever consumed, Killer Clown pulls you deep into the background, relationships, victims, and mindset of this notorious serial killer.
  • Chris Sheridan
    2019-05-25
    Well written book from the investigators who caught Gacy. The book made a concise telling of the case starting with Gacy's last murder, walking through the investigation and finishing with with the trail. The update at the the end of the book was a nice addition to wrapping what those involved went on to do and what they thought of the case.
  • SnazzyMoose (Lauren)
    2019-12-07
    Although this took me 6 months to actually finish, I really enjoyed the experience of reading this book. Obviously, the material is not pleasing, but it was very interesting. It was a bit slow and wordy in some parts, but overall it was good.
  • Alex findingmontauk1
    2018-08-03
    2.5 out of 5 for me. Not nearly as interesting/entertaining as I had hoped. Just a little dry for my tastes when it comes to a book about a notorious serial killer.
  • Jason Schneeberger
    2018-07-10
    One of the best - and also scariest - true crimes books Ive ever read. I knew Gacy was a monster hiding in human flesh, but I had no idea just how evil he truly was. One of the best - and also scariest - true crimes books I’ve ever read. I knew Gacy was a monster hiding in human flesh, but I had no idea just how evil he truly was.
  • Alex
    2019-06-27
    Interesting but relatively dry writing style.
  • Ania🐰📚🍄🐛
    2019-06-17
    Absolutely terrifying. Had a really hard time getting past some parts because of the sadomasochism and pedophilia. Was physically ill at some parts. It is so scary to think there are people truly this evil walking around us. I am in a Book Club and we are reading true crime. If it were not on the list I dont think I would have read it. Absolutely terrifying. Had a really hard time getting past some parts because of the sadomasochism and pedophi...
  • Diana
    2019-06-11
    Review to Come
  • Angel White
    2019-11-30
    At times this was hard to stomach....this man...there are no words.
  • A Journey to Books
    2019-07-20
    It reads as a play by play of the report and it lose my interest as points but I must say, I am glad I was able to read it.
  • Kyle Ryerson
    2019-03-01
    Damn this book was fucked up. It was like a car crash I just couldnt stop watching. Made me feel nauseous at times but a fascinating look into the justice system when dealing with a psychopath. Damn this book was fucked up. It was like a car crash I just couldn’t stop watching. Made me feel nauseous at times but a fascinating look into the justice system when dealing with a psychopath.
  • Ethan Hval
    2013-05-12
    True Crime is one of my guilty pleasures. I usually pick up these types of books for some light reading in between works that I consider more artistic. However, from the moment I picked this book up I couldn't put it down. It is a fast paced, suspense filled ride written by one of the lead prosecutors for the case. I'm always a fan of good reporting and courtroom drama. But the whole tone of this book brought me inside and I connected emotionally...