Rob Zom­bie’s hor­ror house crit­i­cized for Gacy trib­ute

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

VILLA PARK, Ill. — Two for­mer pros­e­cu­tors who helped con­vict John Wayne Gacy say that hor­ror film­maker Rob Zom­bie’s decision to in­clude a room ded­i­cated to the se­rial killer in his sub­ur­ban Chicago haunted house could be hurt­ful to the many loved ones of Gacy’s vic­tims who still live in the area. “I don’t ar­gue with Rob Zom­bie’s right to do what he’s do­ing, but it’s a shame that what he’s do­ing is caus­ing the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies pain,” Robert Egan, who now teaches law in the area, told The Daily Her­ald.

“I find it to be in ter­ri­ble taste,” said Terry Sul­li­van, a for­mer pros­e­cu­tor who helped win a con­vic­tion of Gacy that led to his ex­e­cu­tion in 1994. The news­pa­per re­ports that Zom­bie has in in­ter­views de­scribed the Gacy room as “funny.” And the haunted house’s pro­ducer, Steve Kopelman, said the true-crime rooms ded­i­cated to the likes of Gacy, Jef­frey Dah­mer and Charles Man­son were meant to be shock­ing to vis­i­tors. The web­site of the haunted house says it charges the pub­lic $25 to $60 to view the dis­plays. Egan un­der­stands that the fascination peo­ple have with Gacy 40 years after he lured at least 33 young men to his Chicago-area home, killed them and stashed many of their bod­ies un­der the crawl space of his house. And he sus­pects younger peo­ple who don’t re­mem­ber the very real hor­ror that gripped the area might see Gacy as sort of an “ur­ban legend.” But Egan said the haunted house and the room in which an ac­tor dressed as Gacy in his in­fa­mous clown cos­tume hangs out with two dolls dressed as Boy Scouts is just 16 kilo­me­tres from where the fam­ily of the last iden­ti­fied vic­tim lived at the time and still lives. “It’s not like this is in the mid­dle of Ne­braska, it is close to where most of the vic­tims and where many of their fam­i­lies still live.”

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