John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy

Defending A Monster

Book - 2012
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"Sam, could you do me a favor?" Thus begins a story that has now become part of America's true crime hall of fame. It is a gory, grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel. It is also a David and Goliath saga--the story of a young lawyer fresh from the Public Defender's Office whose first client in private practice turns out to be the worst serial killer in our nation's history.

Sam Amirante had just opened his first law practice when he got a phone call from his friend John Wayne Gacy, a well-known and well-liked community figure. Gacy was upset about what he called "police harassment" and asked Amirante for help. With the police following his every move in connection with the disappearance of a local teenager, Gacy eventually gave a drunken, dramatic, early morning confession--to his new lawyer. Gacy was eventually charged with murder and Amirante suddenly became the defense attorney for one of American's most disturbing serial killers. It was his first case.

This new edition of John Wayne Gacy, which contains updated material about the case that has come to light since the book's original publication, recounts the gruesome killings and the famous trial that shocked a nation.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2012
ISBN: 9781620870716
1620870711
Call Number: 364.1523 Am56j 2012
Characteristics: xi, 402 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Broderick, Danny
Alternative Title: Defending a monster

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"When gacy returned from his office, he was holding some items of paperwork that looked like official IRS forms and a job application, but he was also carrying something else that made the hairs on the back of Rob's neck stand. He was holding a set of handcuffs....John was doing his clown act. he was smiling, not threatening... he began humming some kind of stupid show tune...two things happened. the fear that had first gripped Rob when he saw the handcuffs drained away completely. He was fully disarmed. plus, he was actually astonished. this was a real, professional, well-executed trick....Rob looked at John. He couldn't believe it. It was as if he was looking at a different person. Gone was the goofy, creepy, familiar ear-to-ear smile. It had been replaced by a grave, stern, dead stare..Gacy's eyes had gone lifeless. They had lost life's twinkle. There seemed to be nothing behind them. No personality. No person..The transformation struck a level of fear into Rob's heart that wasn't fear. It was terror...Then, like in a terrible B horror film, the telephone shrieked. Gacy looked toward the front of the house. When he looked back at Rob, he was John again, just like that...Rob thought he was losing his mind...he felt the fear growing inside him again.WHEN SOMETHING SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT USUALLY IS, he thought. THIS GUY WAS SOME KIND OF WEIRDO. Rob realized he was in some stranger's house--an old, weird man's house, locked in handcuffs. He began to feel that he was going to cry. He didn't want to. He wanted to be strong. He felt that he had to hold it together... 'Suppose I just fucking rape you, you little fucking liar,' Gacy growled. 'You said that you would do anything for money. You led me on! You lied to me!'...He grabbed Rob by the waistband of his jeans and pulled him closer...Rob was now past terror. Was this a nightmare, or was it real? Why couldn't he just wake up?..Rob looked back at John Wayne Gacy, who was standing behind him. 'One second, I'll show you one quick trick for the road. Put down your coat for a second. You'll love this.' 'Why are you putting it over my head?' Rob asked, nervously laughing. 'Just watch,' Gacy whispered. Those were Rob PIest's last words.

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mswrite
Feb 08, 2017

Amirante writes in a breezy, conversational style which is probably helpful given the bizarre and horrifying subject matter--the rape and murder of 33 young men and teenage boys by his first client, John Gacy, in Chicago in the 1970s. Bookend this one with another gripping true crime read, 2016's The Crime of the Century, which chronicled the shocking 1966 rape-murders of eight Chicago student nurses by Richard Speck and was written by Bill Martin (with Dennis L. Breo), the implacable former Chief Prosecutor who brought Speck to justice.

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Wecase1986
Jan 10, 2014

Last time I checked serial killing is not a popular children's genre That is what is up knucklehead

donamarieg007 Nov 20, 2012

I really thought I brought the book back and dropped it off at kids room library...

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