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Sheriff to investigate possible Gacy accomplice theory

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart addresses reporters as picture serial killer John Wayne Gacy is shown projectiduring news conference last

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart addresses reporters as a picture of serial killer John Wayne Gacy is shown on a projection during a news conference last year. File photo. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

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Updated: March 12, 2012 8:05AM

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Friday that he will ask his investigators to look into a theory that serial killer John Wayne Gacy had one or more accomplices.

Criminal defense attorneys Robert Stephenson and Steven Becker recently examined Gacy’s work and travel records and suspect he was out of town when victims Russell Nelson and Robert Gilroy disappeared in 1977.

They also think Gacy didn’t have enough time to abduct and kill victim John Mowery because he disappeared about 10 p.m. in Chicago and Gacy’s work records show he showed up at a job in Michigan at 6 a.m. the following day.

Dart said sheriff’s investigators were aware of the records before Gacy was convicted of 33 killings and executed, but Stephenson and Becker put them in a new context. He also said his office didn’t know certain information, such as a statement from Nelson’s mother saying a friend of her son offered her two other sons contracting jobs with Gacy after Russell Nelson disappeared.

Stephenson and Becker also provided Dart with names of several possible accomplices of Gacy.

“Our goal is not to disprove this but go through their information to see whether it’s true,” Dart said, calling the attorneys’ scenarios “interesting.” But Dart cautioned he can’t launch a full-blown re-investigation into the Gacy case because of the county budget woes and current cases that demand attention.

Dart, meanwhile, said his office is continuing to try to learn the names of Gacy’s seven unidentified victims. In December, Dart announced his office learned the identity of an eighth victim, William Bundy, 19, of Chicago.

Dart said a sheriff’s detective was traveling to Iowa on Friday to meet with relatives of a missing young man they suspect was a victim of Gacy.

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