Netflix fans sickened by documentary on Killer Clown rapist who murdered 33 men

A true crime documentary focusing on "Killer Clown" John Wayne Gacy has been branded "sickening" by Netflix viewers.

Conversations With A Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes landed on the streaming service on Wednesday (April 20).

Viewers are already hooked on the three-part documentary series and have been left sickened by the US serial killer who raped and murdered at least 33 men between 1972 and 1978.

The series, made by the same team behind a similar docu-series about fellow killer Ted Bundy, shows previously unseen footage of Gacy with his defence team and features interviews with key players including an emotional account from one of his victims who survived.

Gacy, who worked as a local contractor in Cook County, Illinois, became known as "The Killer Clown" after his arrest because of his appearances at children's hospitals and charity events under his alter-ego "Pogo the Clown".

The documentary explores Gacy's twisted mind in an attempt to understand what drove him to commit his heinous crimes.

It also looks at how he successfully evaded the attention of authorities for such a long time.

Viewers took to Twitter to share how disturbed they were by the series.

One person wrote: "The video clips and accounts in the new John Wayne Gacy series on Netflix are sickening."

Another commented: "Watching the John Wayne Gacy confession tapes on Netflix… sick, sick man."

A third shared: "Watching Conversations With A Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes 2022 on Netflix. It's so horrifying! So gross, so sad."

The synopsis from Netflix says: "He dined with the powerful. He preyed on the vulnerable. Beneath a smiling exterior was the horrifying darkness of a sadistic serial killer."

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Gacy's job as a local contractor enabled him to recruit lots of young men, many of whom would go on to be reported missing by worried relatives.

Police linked Gacy to the disappearances after launching an investigation following his arrest for two sexual assaults.

The investigation led detectives to Gacy's house where they found he had buried a number of bodies in addition to several others that were recovered from the Des Plaines River, which was located nearby.

Gacy was arrested on December 21, 1978. In 1980 he was convicted of murdering at least 33 people and sentenced to death. He was executed by lethal injection in 1994.

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