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John Wayne Gacy Probe Solves Cold Case

    April 23, 2014
    Mike Fossum
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The disappearance of Edward Beaudion, a 22-year-old Chicago man who went missing in 1978, had been a cold case for decades, until his remains were finally identified via DNA that was collected to establish potential victims of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

In 2011, Beaudion’s family submitted DNA to Cook County police after the department called upon relatives of missing persons who may have been victims of Gacy. John Wayne Gacy, Jr., also known as the Killer Clown, was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of at least 33 teenage boys and young men in a series of killings committed between 1972 and 1978 around Chicago.

Here is a documentary on Gacy, also known as “Pogo the Clown”:

Beaudion’s remains were discovered in 2008 by a family hiking in a forest preserve, though the DNA his family submitted wasn’t tested until 2013. At a press conference Wednesday morning, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart commented that the DNA was a match to Beaudoin’s body. Beaudion’s sister, Ruth Rodriguez, said, “I can’t understand why (he was killed). I’ll never get any answers for that, but at least putting the cross out there we have somewhere we can go and pray and connect with my brother.”

Beaudion vanished after borrowing his sister’s car in July, 1978. The car was found three weeks later in Missouri, and a man named Jerry Jackson was arrested for its theft. Jackson had confessed to killing Beaudion, but was never charged because Beaudion’s body was never located. Jackson died in 2013, before charges could be filed against him in Beaudoin’s death.

Sheriff Dart and Rodriguez both suggest that those with missing relatives nationwide should submit DNA samples to authorities to help identify bodies.

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  • John Rincon

    so the dude confessed but was not the killer?

    • http://www.BigKingBud.com BigKingBud

      It seems like the confession was legit(perhaps, who knows?). This young man’s DNA was ‘available’ because of families sending in DNA samples to the police, because the police had asked them to, specifically for help with the Gacy case. Gacy didn’t murder Edward Beaudion.

  • Rade Ivanovic

    @johnrincon:disqus
    Same thing I was thinking. The article mentions Gacy, then states that Jackson was the killer who died last year. I don’t understand how he was never charged after confessing because there was no body. Then Dart’s tweets make it sound like Gacy was the killer. Huh???

    • Mr. Unknnown

      Jackson confessed, but authorities had no remains. The search for potential Gacy victims got the Beaudion family to submit DNA evidence. Their DNA tied the unidentified Beaudion remains to the Jackson confession

      • http://www.BigKingBud.com BigKingBud

        Oops, I tried to say the same thing above, but it took me more words.

  • Mark

    Happens all the time, especially in the late 70’s. Suspects are left in interrogation room until they crack and confess, but after hours of a cramped stuffy room with overbearing lighting some people will say anything to get out of there. Also you’d have to be a little off to steal a random car parked on the side of the road.

  • Alex575

    This can’t be right because Beaudion does not match the profile of Gacy’s victims.

  • Marc Wigle

    “Wonderful to bring closure to the Beaudion family”… not sure if I would feel “wonderful” if I was part of the Beaudoin family…