Buried Dreams: Inside the Mind of John Wayne Gacy

Buried Dreams Inside the Mind of John Wayne Gacy The definitive study of John Wayne Gacy from his abusive childhood to the murders of thirty three boys based on four years of investigative reporting John Wayne Gacy the Killer Clown was a suburban

  • Title: Buried Dreams: Inside the Mind of John Wayne Gacy
  • Author: Tim Cahill
  • ISBN: 9781497672765
  • Page: 496
  • Format: ebook
  • The definitive study of John Wayne Gacy from his abusive childhood to the murders of thirty three boys based on four years of investigative reporting John Wayne Gacy, the Killer Clown, was a suburban Chicago businessman sentenced to death in 1980 for a string of horrific murders after the bodies of his victims were found hidden in a crawl space beneath his Des PlainesThe definitive study of John Wayne Gacy from his abusive childhood to the murders of thirty three boys based on four years of investigative reporting John Wayne Gacy, the Killer Clown, was a suburban Chicago businessman sentenced to death in 1980 for a string of horrific murders after the bodies of his victims were found hidden in a crawl space beneath his Des Plaines, Illinois, home The serial killer had preyed on teenagers and young men at the same time entertaining at children s parties and charitable events dressed as Pogo the Clown Drawing on exclusive interviews and previously unreported material, journalist Tim Cahill offers the stuff of wrenching nightmares The Wall Street Journal a harrowing journey inside the mind of a serial killer Meticulously researched and graphically recounted, Buried Dreams brings to vivid life the real John Wayne Gacy his complex personality, compulsions, inadequacies, and torments often in the murderer s own words Called an absorbing and disturbing story by Publishers Weekly and surprisingly graceful by the New York Times, this is a journey to the heart of human evil that you will never forget.

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    1. Before I read this book I had been familiar with Tim Cahill's writing for Outside magazine. I'm not really sure what drew me to read this account of the horrific crimes of John Wayne Gacy, but in some respects I wish I had not. During the period I read this I was interested in what made these type of killers tick, but I don't know if that's even possible. Cahill is a fine writer and maybe that part of the problem. Scenes from this book that I'd rather forget still come back to me sometimes. The [...]

    2. A haunting account of John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer who tortured and killed teenaged boys then buried their bodies in the crawl space of his home. "Haunting," because the book is written through the POV of Gacy. This book, as no other book has, has brought me to a clear understanding of what "psychopath" means through Gacy's actions and words rather than through a clinical explanation of the term.This book also introduced me to Tim Cahill, an exceptional researcher and storyteller who has mas [...]

    3. I really enjoyed the fact that Tim Cahill didn't not try to go for the sensational/marketing aspect most of those serial killers books are going for. I would say he probably took on the job without prior judgments, and this can be felt in his writing. Yet, this is a profoundly disturbing book, as it manages to really get "into the mind of a serial killer", and dwell with all of its complexities and layers. This book would be a good recommendation for students in psychology more than criminology [...]

    4. This is the story of John Wayne Gacy, one of America’s most prolific and famous serial killers. Cahill wrote this book using Russ Ewing’s extensive coverage of the case, including several interviews with Gacy himself. The man who murdered at least thirty-three young men and buried most of them in the crawlspace of his house seemed like an upstanding citizen, of course. This book is fascinating and horrifying, and very well-written.

    5. Whoo-wee John Wayne Gacy was fucked UP, if you didn't already know. I feel like I need to wash my brain pan out with bleach after finishing this.The style is the main problem I have with this, written in third person in the "voice" Gacy would have used were he writing about himself. in third person. It was just weird, and while it may have given me a much better idea of his personality, it was just a bizarre way to write a biography or true crime book, and I think a book like this can't really b [...]

    6. This book is very much a contradiction. It's both repellant and compelling, and forced me to read on through my disgust and anger.This is the "true" story of John Wayne Gacy, the Clown Killer who murdered 33 boys and young men and buried them under his house. I say "true" because the author has included much of Gacy's defense and obfuscations and justifications, although they are glaringly obvious. This really is a trip through the horrific funhouse maze that was the mind of this particular kill [...]

    7. Fascinating, in a nauseating way. This is the Gacy story, focusing on the defense strategy and trial more or less from Gacy's own point of view, seen darkly through the tangled cobwebs of justification, lies and distortion. Gives a nice, clear picture of how many different psychiatric opinions you can obtain about a single case, most of them dead wrong.

    8. It was a very good book as its based on a true story. I thought it could of been written a little bit better (the timeline jumped back and forth way to much, and it was uneccesary).

    9. A gruesome scary read, not only because of the events that take place, but because Tim Cahill has written this from Gacy's own viewpoint. To inhabit the brain of a serial killer is truely terrifying. The question "why?" is unequivocally answered - Gacy was delusional, deranged and dangerous. I was also more than horrified by law enforcement failures, from the lack of communication and sharing of information, to the complete disregard (and disrespect) of the few victims who did escape. Can't help [...]

    10. WOW! I followed the trial on the news like I think most of the country did. This is not a biography, it is putting you in the mind of Gacy. Gacy never felt remorse because he was only being "fatherly" by giving the 30+ boys and young men the "gentle gift of death". GIFT???????? Even the few who got away are permanently scarred. This book will give you the back story that wasn't in the news. If you're not afraid to get into the mind of a serial killer - this book is for you.

    11. Parts of this were interesting? But wow, was it terribly written. The tone Cahill uses and the sloppy, crass slangI just didn't get it. What an odd way to present a "biography" on one of America's most notorious freaks. I read on despite my misgivings and learned a few things about the investigation and trial. I'm bored even writing this review. Whatever. I needed an ebook on my screen and that's what I got.

    12. Great BookVery interesting book i learned new things i didn't know about gacy. I will definitly recommend it is very well worth it.

    13. I love reading about true crime and forensic psychologyd I also happen to love Tim Cahill's travel books (Pecked to Death By Ducks, etc), so when I came across this, I thought it would be a great read. Now that I finished the book, though, I have mixed feelings about it. I did appreciate the subject matter, and the fact that Cahill clearly dug deeper than most journalists have done with Gacy. I enjoyed the fact that he wrote the book mostly from Gacy's perspective, though it made me uncomfortabl [...]

    14. First off, I want to commend Tim Cahill's writing. He made this book a good read for me. Basically, Buried Dreams is about John Wayne Gacy -- all the hows and whys of the crime that he did. The book is like a really, really long police report. It talked about the probable cause of John's actions, his feelings towards it, why he did it, how he did it, his secrets, the crawlspace, etc. I was annoyed reading this what with all the contradicting thoughts Gacy was giving. Also, I couldn't really brin [...]

    15. A remarkable work. Cahill uses detailed interviews with Gacy to get inside his head and tell the story from his point of view creating a literary/true crime fusion in the tradition of 'in cold blood' in the process. What's most impressive is the sheer style of the thing. The use of repetition the careful pacing of Gacy's voice with external POV's, and the brilliant management of tension, rarely showing the true horror of Gacy's crimes. Cahill uses suggestion to imply the dark depths in which the [...]

    16. I believe that this book should have been about half the size. The information in the center of the book seemed to be repeated several times, only with different victims. I didn't see the necessity of the repetition. The most interesting part of the book was found in the last 10% or so. Because of that, this was a painful book that took longer than normal for me to finish. Honestly, if I didn't have a rule about finishing every book I start I probably would not have finished this at all. Subject [...]

    17. I came upon this book while walking past a Little Free Library in my neighborhood and figured, to say the least, it would be somewhat different. It goes without saying that the book was incredibly disturbing but I appreciated the fact that it was very well-written, researched and didn't rely on the cheesy salaciousness I fairly or not associate with the true crime genre. As titled, the book explores the mind of a truly disturbed, evil person yet the author always reports and never editorializes. [...]

    18. I love Tim Cahill this simply isn't what I expected from him at all. I thought the topic was a bit 'off' but that didn't overrule my curiosity. I feel like I have a better idea of 'Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer' and I didn't expect to be rolling on the floor in Cahill type humor. I'd compare this to a new drink made from pine needles, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and maple syrup all great ingredients resulting in a drink that isn't mind numbingly good or bad but just Hmmm.

    19. Pros: Some portions terrified me. One part that really stands out is when Gacy, dressed as a clown, performs his "handcuff trick" on a victim Gacy is a fascinating person to read about due to the many different, and contradictory, aspects of his character The author employed a creative and distinctive voice.Cons: It took a little while to suck me in. Certain parts contain too much psychobabble for my tastes.Recommended to anyone who enjoys true crime.

    20. Good book Got lots of info about the case from this book. There are some things in this book that you won't find in any other more recently published ones, such as Killer Clown. I'm really interested in this case and have done extensive research on it and found that this book provides accurate information. Even the Cook County Court recommends this book when it comes to looking on the background of the John Wayne Gacy case.

    21. I am a true crime buff. Especially serial killers. John Wayne Gacy was perhaps the reason for this fascination. As a child, I remember seeing This horror story unfold on the chicago news. This is a very I depth and intimate view of Gacy. There are facts here about hIs personal life I never read elsewhere. This book makes Gacy human and therefore even more of a monster. Well written and very informative.

    22. It was an interesting book but it kind of ended too abruptly. John Gacy was sentenced to death and then the author told the reader what Mr. Gacy wanted for his funeral and what he wanted for a casket. That's where it ended. Maybe because the book was so old that's where it would end. I don't know

    23. I don't know how to rate this book with the scale of stars. On one hand, the writing is, as all of Cahill's writing, impeccable. On the other hand, I had to shut the book off in places so I could go and be sick, cry or be furious. The book is powerful, but I don't know that I would ever recommend it to anyone.

    24. Interesting new view (to me anyway) on this horrible case. I have read much about Gacy and never heard the pseudo-multiple personality angle. Story centrs much more on what made Gacy Gacy than on each individual victim.

    25. Absolutely terrifying, the story of a serial killer told from inside his head in the most matter-of-fact language, this book catapaults you into a world of unspeakable horror. Not for the faint of heart! It took me weeks to recover from reading this piece if superb nonfiction.

    26. I am fascinated with human behavior, sociopaths and such I think I've read a book on almost every major serial killer you could think of. This book gave you a lot of info on Gacy's background and life and you still will never understand how did a human become so inhumane.

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