“Sam, could you do me a favor”… So begins the story of a young lawyer, fresh from the public defender’s office, whose first client in private practice turned out to be the most infamous serial killer in our nation’s history.
John Wayne Gacy Jr. sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978. Gacy buried 26 of his victims in the crawl space of his home, buried three others elsewhere on his property, and discarded the remains of his last four known victims in a nearby river. He was eventually convicted of the murders, sentenced to death, and executed in May 1994.
John Wayne Gacy later became known as the “Killer Clown” due to his charitable services at fundraising events, parades and children’s parties where he would dress as “Pogo the Clown”, a character he devised himself.
Mr. Gacy has been surfacing quite a bit lately in the media, from the reopening of his victims’ files by the Chicago Police for DNA testing, to assumed victims being found alive and well this winter, as well as accusations this year by attorney/researchers that a Gacy accomplice may have existed, and is still living amongst us as a free man today.
This current “second coming” of Gacy in the media makes the currently-in-production feature-length documentary “John Wayne Gacy: Defending A Monster” a very timely and relevant project. The feature, which is the official authorized documentary of the best selling true-crime novel of the same title, is currently filming, and is being co-directed and co-produced by filmmakers Scott Prestin and Marc Menet. The film is additionally being produced by the source-novel’s authors, Sam Amirante and Danny Broderick, as well as by Joe Klest, a trial attorney and celebrated culinary personality.
The doc, which has an estimated completion date of late-summer 2012, is not only shaping up to be the preeminent Gacy accounting, but also aims to shed light on the journey had by Gacy’s well respected, and at times unfairly spurned, defense attorney Sam Amirante. Be sure to keep a look out for this killer-documentary at a film festival near you later this year.
(Pictured from left to right: Mike Kwielford (Camera Operator), Marc Menet (Co-Director), Scott Prestin (Co-Director), Danny Broderick (Author-Producer), Timothy Farrell (Production Manager), Sam Amirante (Gacy’s Attorney-Author-Producer), Joe Klest (Producer), Henry Klest (Associate Producer))