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Another John Wayne Gacy Murder Victim Identified 40 Years After Death

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Another of serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s murder victims, James “Jimmie” Byron Haakenson, was identified Wednesday in Chicago, 40 years after he originally disappeared.

Haakenson moved from St. Paul, Minn. to Chicago at the age of 16, only to disappear without a trace when he arrived in the city. Police believe that Gacy murdered him after Hakkenson called home Aug. 5, 1976 to tell his mother that he had safely made it to Chicago.

While detectives long suspected that Haakenson was the murder victim, at the time of his death in the 1970s, the main scientific method for determining victims was from dental records, which his mother was unable to provide. Thus, officials were only able to confirm Haakenson as the murder victim Monday from his missing person report, Social Security Administration information and postmortem records.

Gacy is infamous for killing 33 young men in the Chicago area. He became known as the “killer clown,” due to his having previously worked as a clown at children’s birthday parties. He was executed in 1994.

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