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DNA Testing to Identify John Wayne Gacy Victims

Mon, 10/24/2011 - 8:00pm

More than 30 years after John Wayne Gacy became known as one of the nation's most notorious serial killers, and nearly two decades after he was executed for his crimes, Cook County sheriff's officials are making fresh efforts to put names to the eight Gacy victims who were never identified.

Most of Gacy's 33 victims were identified using dental records and X-rays. A team of investigators and scientists have now unearthed skeletal remains of the eight unidentified victims and will attempt to identify them through DNA comparisons.

The recovered bones were shipped to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, which developed DNA profiles from four of them. Officials have sent new samples to try to recover profiles from the remaining four.

Source: The Chicago Tribune

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