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Sheriff Tom Dart’s search for Gacy victims comes up empty at NW Side building

The exterior yard building where mass murderer John Wayne Gacy's mother once lived where police officials recently dug but found

The exterior of the yard of the building where mass murderer John Wayne Gacy's mother once lived and where police officials recently dug but found no bodies there. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: April 27, 2013 6:23AM



Sneed exclusive: The Gacy file . . .

It’s over.

There was no Geraldo moment.

The search for victims of mass murderer John Wayne Gacy in the Northwest Side apartment building where Gacy’s mother once lived turned up squat . . . nothing.

Sneed hears the elaborate, sophisticated search for more Gacy victims — conducted by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office, and exclusively reported by Sneed months ago — was for naught.

The much-ballyhooed search, the end result of Dart’s two-year battle with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, ended quietly last Wednesday when . . .

◆Victim-recovery dogs from the FBI’s headquarters in Quantico, Va., dispatched to the apartment building at 6100-6014 W. Miami Ave., stopped sniffing.

◆The FBI Evidence Response Team turned off its infrared thermographic imaging and ground-penetrating radar probing the building’s backyards, driveway, basement, garden apartment and storage sheds.

◆The buckshot: Dart’s office informed the state’s attorney’s office last week that it found nothing.

◆The backshot: Sneed exclusively reported in January that Dart’s office had been given the go-ahead to search after filing two requests in 2012.

◆The final shot: “It was a story that needed an ending and Sheriff Dart gave it one,” said a Sneed source. (Gacy was convicted in 1980 of murdering 33 men and boys between the ages of 14 and 21 and was executed in 1994.) “Everyone wondered whether Gacy, who was close to his mother and once lived in the same apartment complex, would kill and bury his victims there. Now we know he didn’t.”

The Watson controversy . . .

Sneed bets embattled Chicago State University President Wayne Watson, who has been battling to retain his post, is smiling.

◆Translation: The three Chicago State University trustees removed from the CSU board last week, when Gov. Pat Quinn didn’t renew their terms, were the most vocal proponents for Watson’s removal. “It dramatically alters the prospect of his employment and could mean a fresh new look,” said a Watson source.

Stay tuned.

A Brit bit . . .

British actor Damian Lewis, who plays U.S. Marine Nicholas Brody on “Homeland” — and was the U.S. Army star of “Band of Brothers” — is the grandson of the brilliant but goofball mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

Sports shorts . . .

◆All in the family: Former Bear/legendary footballer Brian Urlacher hit a fund-raiser this weekend for his brother, Casey, who is running for mayor of north suburban Mettawa. The fete was also attended by legendary anchorman Bill Kurtis, outgoing Mettawa Mayor Jess Ray and Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey.

◆Huzzah! Huzzah! Chicago Sun-Times’ sportswriter extraordinaire, Rick Telander, has been nominated for the prestigious Dick Schaap Writing Award for “Like a Rose,” an NFL Films documentary based on Telander’s book of his own experiences playing football — up until he was cut from the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp in 1971. The honor will be bestowed May 7 at the 34th Sports Emmy Awards at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York.

Harry’s back . . .

Britain’s randy Prince Harry, who garnered lascivious Las Vegas headlines during his last visit to the U.S., is heading into land mines of a sort when he returns stateside this May: a trip to Arlington National Cemetery and an exhibition on land-mine clearance — a topic close to the heart of his late mother, Princess Diana.

Obama drama . . .

Fashion faux pas: Mega-designer Oscar de la Renta, who draped many of the nation’s first ladies until Michelle Obama came along, credits his outlier Obama status to a his criticism of the first femme wearing a sweater to meet Queen Elizabeth in 2009. “It is a relation that began poorly and I think it will end the same way,” he tells newsies.

Sneedlings . . .

Good luck to Flavia Magdalin, a finalist in the running to host WTTW’s “Check, Please!”. . . Tuesday’s birthdays: Steven Tyler, 65; Diana Ross, 69, and Jim Corboy, 57 . . . and happy belated to Mike Bakalis, ageless.



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