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In 2003 – nine years af­ter Gacy’s death – a hor­ror film doc­u­ment­ing his crimes was re­leased. Gacy – also known as The Crawl Space – was praised for its dark, dis­turb­ing in­sight into the no­to­ri­ous se­rial killer. It charts Gacy’s life story, from his un­sta­ble child­hood to his even­tual ex­e­cu­tion. The last scene fea­tures his now-in­fa­mous fi­nal words. With ac­tor Mark Holton don­ning Gacy’s chill­ing clown make-up and cos­tume as he car­ries out the bru­tal mur­ders on the screen, the film gives a sense of the killer’s true de­prav­ity. A 1992 two-part TV film To Catch A Killer doc­u­ments the po­lice ef­forts to bring Gacy to jus­tice.

It stars award-win­ning ac­tor Brian Den­nehy as the se­rial killer, and Michael Ri­ley as the de­tec­tive in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case. Fol­low­ing the film’s broad­cast, Den­nehy re­ceived a let­ter from Gacy. In it, Gacy slammed him for tak­ing part in a ‘fraud’ film, and main­tained his claim that ‘lots of peo­ple had ac­cess to that crawl space’.

Mark Holton in the movie Gacy

Brian Den­nehy por­trayed the killer on TV

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