John Wayne Gacy

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Name John Wayne Gacy
Actor Shaun Magee
Dates March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994 (killed by lethal injection)
May 10, 1994 – February 7, 2019 (spirit laid to rest by Sam Winchester)
2019 (raised by God)
Location Lebanon, Kansas
Occupation Clown
Serial killer
Episode(s) 14.13 Lebanon


John Wayne Gacy was an American serial killer from Cook County, Illinois, who was executed on May 10, 1994, for the rape, torture, and murder of 33 teenage boys from 1972 to 1978.

After his death, Gacy's spirit became tethered to a cigar box he had once owned, allowing him to manifest as his clown alter ego -- Pogo the Clown.


Gacy emerging from his cigar box.

14.13 Lebanon

After their attempt to retrieve the skull of Sarah Good from a pawn shop owner who had killed and stolen it from a hunter leads to the owner's death, Sam and Dean collect all his mystical items to bring back to the Men of Letters Bunker. Among the items is a cigar box that was once owned by John Wayne Gacy, which was tethering his ghost.

When a teenage girl, Max, steals the Impala to impress another girl, Stacy, she brings all the items in the backseat to a party where Gacy's spirit is awakened. After manifesting out of the cigar box, Gacy frightens a teen boy named Ethan, attacking him in the bathroom, which sends Ethan quickly running out the house. When a girl, Bea, chases after Ethan, she alerts Sam and Dean as to what happened. When Sam and Dean go inside the house, Sam quickly notices Gacy's cigar box and gets to work trying to burn it. Just as Gacy manifests before Dean, Sam is able to set the box aflame as Eliot, Max, and Stacy rush into the house to witness Gacy's spirit burn away.

14.20 Moriah

After God releases the souls of Hell upon the Earth, Gacy's ghost arrives at a children's birthday party.

Makeup by Katie Goett on Shaun Magee as the ghost of John Wayne Gacy.


  • Gacy is the second real-life serial killer Sam and Dean have come up against, after H.H. Holmes in 2.06 No Exit.
  • Gacy's body was cremated after his execution, however during the autopsy, his brain was removed and given to Dr. Helen Morrison, a forensic psychiatrist and witness for the defense at Gacy's trial, which makes it questionable as to how his spirit could have been dispatched when Sam burned his cigar box.
  • In 2.05 Simon Said, after seeing Andy's van, Dean makes a reference to Gacy, telling Sam "not exactly a serial killer's lair, though. There's no... clown paintings on the walls, or scissors stuck in victims' photos. I like the tiger." Gacy was known to paint portraits of his alter ego "Pogo the Clown" while incarcerated.
  • In 5.11 Sam, Interrupted, Dean asks if Martin Creaser's creepy clown paintings are "original Gacy's."
  • The reason for Gacy appearing as a more grotesque-looking Pogo the Clown, despite not having died dressed as a clown, can be explained by the fact that ghosts have shown the ability to alter their appearance in the past (For example, Constance Welch was able to change her appearance between human and inhuman.)

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