Rob Zombie’s horror house criticized for Gacy tribute
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.”