John Wayne Gacy Jr., came to be known as the “killer clown” due to his sick double life as a kiddie party clown and crazed serial killer.

Eventually, after sexually assaulting, torturing and murdering at least 33 men between 1972 and 1978, he was sentenced to death. But the troubled criminal showed no remorse, even as he was being injected with the chemicals that would lead to his death.

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“John Wayne Gacy is part of the reason why many people have coulrophobia, a fear of clowns,” says Murder Made Me FamousSteve Helling in a teaser for REELZ’s new docuseries, Murder Made Me Famous: John Wayne Gacy.

As readers know, Gacy used to throw costume parties inside his house of horrors, inviting important political figures and stars.

When he finally came clean about his many murders, authorities found 26 of his male victims buried underneath his Illinois ranch, horrifying his regular party-goers and pals.

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“Gacy inspired a number of films, an in the 1992 movie, To Catch A Killer, he was played by Brian Dennehy,” recalls Helling. “Brian Dennehy claimed that he got a letter from John Wayne Gacy saying that Dennehy was his favorite actor, but he didn’t know why he would take part in a movie that he called ‘a fraud of a film.'”

Murder Made Me Famous: John Wayne Gacy, Saturday airs November 17 at 8 ET / PT on REELZ.

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