Gacy lawyer on search for more victims: ‘Dig deeper’
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org January 16, 2013 7:32PM
John Wayne Gacy
Updated: February 19, 2013 2:18PM
The Gacy file . . .
Serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s former attorney, Robert Motta, who represented Gacy at his murder trial decades ago, tells Sneed he’s got advice for those planning to search the environs of Gacy’s mother’s house for missing victims or DNA clues.
“Dig deeper,” he told Sneed.
“In my humble opinion, I don’t think they are going to find bodies at his mother’s house,” Motta tells Sneed.
“I grilled him all the time — and there is no doubt he was a liar and a con artist in addition to being a murderer — but he never told me about his mother’s property being such a site. He was adamant about his love for his mother.”
“But I would advise those searching for possible Gacy victims to dig deeper by:
◆ Checking the state’s list of witnesses who were never called. That list contained 30 to 40 names and they could possibly be identified as victims.
◆ Checking Gacy’s travel records. “He spent a lot of time doing work in Wisconsin and Minnesota from 1975 to 1977. [Gacy was arrested in 1978.] He was all over the place. We sent investigators everywhere, but they came up with nothing.”
◆ Final shot? “I think about this case every day of my life,” he said. “This is a nightmare for families still missing their loved ones. It is important they have closure.”
◆ Gacy addendum: Sneed hears three law students from Notre Dame have spent nearly a year thumbing through the voluminous police and court files from Gacy’s trial in hopes of identifying more victims. Their research, under the direction of Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, led to the green light last weekend for Dart’s request for a search warrant to check the yard and basement of Gacy’s late mother’s home. “The Gacy file contains a trove of travel records,” a Dart source said.
LaHood lore . . .
Tarmac trouble? Is U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood a knucklehead for his intense support of the new Boeing 787 “Dreamliner,” which seems to be turning into a bad dream because of recent safety concerns?
◆ To wit: It’s been suggested that the troubling airplane incidents may be one reason why LaHood — President Barack Obama’s former congressional seatmate — is heading back to Illinois soon. (LaHood’s departure has not been publicly announced yet . . . except in Sneed’s column.)
◆ Response: “Hell, no,” a top Obama source tells Sneed. “He has been planning to leave for a long time. Four years is a lot, and [he] needs to make a living and spend more time with family.”
Bill & Hill . . .
Hill swill: Former President Bill Clinton, who is constantly asked how his wife, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is feeling and whether she plans to run for president — told a business group in Palm Springs on Tuesday that her recent in the hospital stay, recovering from a blood clot, was only the second time in her life she needed to stay overnight. The first time was when daughter Chelsea was born.
◆ Hill stats: Clinton added that his wife has always been very healthy, has low blood pressure and a low standing heart rate . . . and said: “I tell her that she’s still got time to have three more husbands after me. So, I think she’ll live to 120. . . . She refers to me as her first husband.”
There ya go.
Zero attendance . . .
Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, whose CIA leadership role in the killing of Osama bin Laden was portrayed by actor James Gandolfini in the film “Zero Dark Thirty” — just told an inquiring gaggle of Pentagon reporters he has yet to see the controversial movie.
‘Skyfall’ pall . . .
Shaken, stirred and incredulous: What’s the coincidence of a helicopter flown by skilled veteran pilot Peter Barnes, 50, who worked on “James Bond” films — being killed in a helicopter crash Wednesday in London on near Britain’s legendary MI6 spy offices? (“Bond” author Ian Fleming reportedly once worked for MI6.)
Sneedlings . . .
Well wishes to Cook County Commissioner Liz Gorman in her recovery from surgery Wednesday. . . . Thursday’s birthdays: Muhammad Ali, 71; first lady Michelle Obama, 49, and Betty White, 91.