Dear Mr. Gacy

Synopsis: 1993. Overachieving college student Jason Moss, fascinated by serial crime, decides to write his criminology class term paper on John Wayne Gacy, who is on death row and scheduled to be executed in six months time. Jason's criminology professor, Mr. Harris, will only allow Jason to write his paper on Gacy if Jason can come up with a fresh angle, as he himself believes the topic of serial killers is already overexposed. After writing Gacy a nondescript letter and receiving a questionnaire from Gacy in return, Jason believes the fresh angle would be truly to get inside Gacy's head, specifically to learn what makes him tick, by presenting himself in subsequent correspondence to Gacy as Gacy's "type", i.e. a vulnerable young man from a dysfunctional family and thus who is possibly at risk. Despite the advice that he needs to watch out for cunning Gacy, Jason is certain he can outsmart the serial criminal at his own game. Things take an unexpected turn for Jason when he starts receiving tel
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Svetozar Ristovski
Production: STARZ MEDIA LLC.
103 min

The year was 1978

when the killing spree of

John Wayne Gacy finally came to an end,

as Chicago police arrested him

and began digging up bodies he

had buried under his Summerdale house.

Many called it the crime of the century.

Some of the bodies were clothed

and three of the bodies had

ropes around their necks.

He killed 33 times

and his victims were all boys

and young men between the ages of 14...

He says he's a victim

for being found guilty

and he says the families

are victims

because they don't know who

the real killer is.

Testimony provided

a frightening view inside the mind

of the worst mass killer

in American history.

When you have a child

taken out of your life,

it's like a huge piece

being ripped out...

Cook County sheriff's

deputies investigating the disappearance

of a teenaged boy

made a gruesome discovery

in the crawl space

beneath a Chicago residence.

The owner of the house is local contractor

John Wayne Gacy.

The bodies of 28 victims have

been recovered...

He knew exactly what he was doing;

he planned it in advance;

he carried it out

and he enjoyed it.

spree was initially uncovered

on a cold December day

when the first of his victims

was found in the crawl space

beneath his suburban Chicago home.

In the crawl space,

bodies covered with lye

dug up a few days before Christmas,

one after another.

The bodies of 28 victims

have been recovered;

another five retrieved

from the Des Plaines River...

Tuesday, four bodies;

Wednesday, six bodies;

and today, six bodies.

Skeletonized remains

of human bodies.

At one point he told police

how he murdered his victims.

Now he's telling me he never did.

John Wayne Gacy was

convicted in 1980

for the rape and murder

of those 33 boys and young men,

many of whom he buried

under his Chicago house

while others were found

in the Des Plaines River.

That was 13 years ago

and today attorneys have filed

their final appeal

with the Seventh Circuit Court

while Gacy remains on death row

at the Menard Correctional Center

in Illinois.

The US Court of Appeals

upheld his conviction and death sentence,

a move that could clear

the way for his execution within...

Who are they talking about?


He just filed his last appeal.

About what it's like to

be waiting to die on death row.

Due to be executed in six months...

Feet off the coffee table.

No, I don't sit around

worrying about the death penalty.

See, I'm a PMA kind of person...

positive mental attitude.

I don't have time

for negative thinking and death...

This guy's been in prison since '78

and they're just gonna kill him now?

The reason it takes so long is

'cause of our appellate system.

And refuses to cooperate

with law enforcement.

This thing that I did...

no, if I'm guilty of anything, it's operating

a funeral home without a license.

And you want a career

in law enforcement?

These people are

so incompetent.

Okay, Mom.

They had no confession.

I'm an embarrassment to

the criminal-justice system

because it's easier to kill me now

than to admit that they screwed up

Authorities have tried

on numerous occasions

to elicit a detailed

confession from Gacy,

but he has remained tight-lipped

about the crimes ever since his conviction.

With time running out

for the death-row inmate,

the truth may never be revealed.

Antisocial Personality Disorder,

or APD,

is characterized by a lack of regard

for the moral or legal standards

in a given culture.

There's also an inability

to get along with others

as well as to abide

by societal rules.

Now individuals with this disorder

are often referred to as psychopaths

or sociopaths, but in fact we know...

Yes, Jason?

Doesn't the DSM have

a broader APD category

that includes people who commit illegal,

immoral or self-serving acts,

but they're not necessarily


What's the DSM?

Oh, would you care to

enlighten the class, Jason?

Sure, it's the Diagnostic and

Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders.

And although it has some

problems with reliability

and is considered culturally biased,

it is the major resource

for mental-health professionals.

- Well, thank you, Professor Moss.

- Mm-hmm.

Well, that's not precisely correct,

but I'd say it's close enough.

Uh, okay look,

we're going over,

so why don't we stop there

and we will pick it up again next week?

Thank you.

- I'll catch up with you, okay?

- Okay.

Professor Harris?

Can I talk to you

about the term paper?

Term paper? That's not due

till the end of the year.

Yeah, I know. I just... I want

to get a head start on it.

Sure. What's your question?

So I want to do my paper

on John Wayne Gacy.


What's the angle?


Well, there's a thousand angles

that could be explored...

um, capital punishment from

the perspective of a death-row inmate;

does Gacy fit the typical FBI profile

of a serial killer?

And he's... he's scheduled

to be executed in six months,

so he might be more willing

to talk to me.

You know, Jason, I've read

a hundred papers on serial killers

and quite frankly, I think

the topic's overexposed and trite.

You're gonna have to demonstrate

a really strong academic angle here.



I'll work on it.

I'll get back to you.

And don't forget, this paper counts

for half your final grade.

Yeah. Yeah, I'm not worried.

Hi, Mr. Gacy.

So where's the big guy?

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Kellie Madison

Kellie Madison is an American writer, producer, director and actress. Her passion for film derives from the stories she wants to tell "that inspire, entertain and move people." Additionally, she is best known for being the executive producer and screenwriter of the Canadian drama thriller, Dear Mr. Gacy. Her production company, Madison Films, is run by Madison herself and associate producer Sherrie Adams with a focus on the development and production of various media projects. more…

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