Exclusive: Sheriff to search Chicago apartment complex where John Wayne Gacy’s mother lived.
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org January 11, 2013 10:12PM
FILE - This 1978 file photo shows serial killer John Wayne Gacy. More than 30 years after a collection of decaying bodies was found beneath John Wayne Gacy’s house, detectives have secretly exhumed the remains of eight young men who were never identified in the hopes that DNA testing can solve the last mystery of one of the nation’s most gruesome serial killers. (AP Photo/File)
Updated: February 14, 2013 6:51AM
It’s a thumbs up!
Sneed is told Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has given Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart a green light to search for possible victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy in the Northwest side apartment complex where Gacy’s late mother, Marion, once lived.
The search warrant, which includes the basement and backyard, is a revised version of an earlier request made by Dart last year to search the backyard of the complex, located at 6100-6014 W. Miami Ave.. It may finally bring closure to families of missing young men who disappeared before Dec. 1978 — when Gacy was arrested for murder.
Gacy was arrested in 1978 after 29 bodies were found in the crawlspace and yard of his house at 8213 W. Summerdale Ave. in Norwood Park. An additional four bodies were found in the Des Plaines River. He was convicted in 1980 of murdering 33 men and boys — all between the ages of 14 and 21— and was executed in 1994.
A tip by a retired detective, Bill Dorsch, claiming he saw Gacy carrying a shovel near the complex at 3 a.m. one morning in 1975 — three years before Gacy’s arrest — prompted a cursory “police dig” on the site in 1998, which turned up nothing and was described as shoddy.
Dart is hoping the site contains “a missing piece to the Gacy puzzle,” the source added. Dart’s intense efforts to identify additional Gacy victims in the last few years involved DNA testing of bodies found in the crawlspace and yard at Gacy’s Norwood Park home. One body has been identified so far: Chicagoan William George Bundy, 19, who disappeared in 1976.
“This secondary search warrant submitted by Sheriff Dart was very comprehensive and involved interviews with neighbors who lived in or near the building where Gacy operated as a maintenance/handyman,” said a top source.
“These people indicated they had witnessed Gacy digging trenches on the property, digging holes on the property and working in the laundry room on the property,” said a top source.
“Sheriff Dart also produced records indicating Gacy did work at the address as a handyman and recovered bills from Gacy’s company billing the owner of the property,” the source added. “It resulted in sufficient probable cause to issue the search warrant and will include searching the front and back yards, driveway, the building’s basement, the ground beneath the garden level apartment, all exterior property and beneath the shed in the back of the building.”
Sneed is told highly sophisticated thermal imaging devices — ground penetrating radar — will be used above and below ground to determine if there are any anomalies, which could be human remains.
“If anomalies occur, holes will be bored into the ground and samples taken for FBI cadaver dogs to sniff — before any more excavation is done,” another source added.
A sweet tweet...
It’s a home run! White Sox Executive Veep Kenny Williams, who helped steer the Sox into a World Series win, tells Sneed he’s “about as happy as I’ve ever been as an adult.”
The reason: He just got engaged... and his future wife is CNN’s Zoraida Sambolin, who co-anchors CNN’s “Early Start” show and is a former NBC 5 anchor.
Ring bling: It was the flash of a new diamond ring that got CNN viewers gawking and Tweeting right after Christmas, so Sneed called the unflappable Williams to solve the bling banter.
Ring response: “Yes, we just got engaged and I am in a really good place,” said the tranquil, dreamy-voiced Williams, who told Sneed the excitement of the proposal made him do it twice.
“The proposal was supposed to be in a much more romantic forum than my office,” said Williams. “I was planning to do it at Holy Name Cathedral at midnight Mass where her mother and father were married — and then talk about our future afterwards.
“But I couldn’t wait. It was Christmas and we were around family and friends and the mood overtook me and I wound up pulling her inside my office and proposing,” he said. “So I wound up asking her twice!
“The beauty of it all was we got to Skype my grandmother in San Jose, Calif., who loves Zoraida and told me she had never seen me so happy and felt she was the one. Sadly, she just died.”
So when is the wedding between the couple, who shuttles between New York and Chicago? “Believe me, Mike, when I put that ring on her finger, I lost all control over what happens next.”
Actor Charlie “Tiger Blood” Sheen has been doing good deeds all around tinsel town lately.
◆ To wit: Sheen recently wrote a check to the family of a paparazzo who was hit and killed by a car while photographing singer Justin Bieber’s Ferrari on New Year’s Day. The check, for $12,000, is to cover the costs of the photographer’s funeral. He also gave Lindsay Lohan $100,000 to pay back taxes — as well $75,000 to a cancer-stricken child.
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Viktor Stalberg and Marcus Kruger of the Chicago Blackhawks had dinner at the Local last night.
Saturday’s birthdays: Kirstie Alley, 62 and Howard Stern, 59... Sunday’s birthdays: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 52; Penelope Ann Miller, 49; and Liam Hemsworth, 23.