John Wayne Gacy Victim to Be Exhumed for DNA Tests

Dec. 27, 1978, John Wayne Gacy

Dec. 27, 1978: Four more bodies are found under the home of John Wayne Gacy.

Adam Nagourney of the New York Times reports on the slow process of bringing a 21-foot granite boulder to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for Michael Heizer’s “Levitated Mass.”

“A million permits,” says director Michael Govan. “And the State of California is always reviewing the state of its bridges and roads. So a route plan that would have worked a couple of days ago doesn’t work today.” He compared the project to erecting the great pyramids of Egypt. “The Egyptians didn’t have rubber tires or diesel engines,” he said. “But they also didn’t have weak streets.”

Gregory Powell, convicted in the 1963 “Onion Field” killing of LAPD Officer Ian Campbell, is up for parole as a “compassionate release.” Powell, 77, has said he has terminal prostate cancer. His hearing is Oct. 18.  AP via San Jose Mercury News. Powell’s release is opposed by the Los Angeles Police Protective League and by Campbell’s daughter Valerie.

The kidnapping of Campbell and his partner Karl Hettinger is told in Joseph Wambaugh’s “The Onion Field,” which was made into a film starring John Savage, James Woods, Franklyn Seales and Ted Danson.

Erika Slife of the Chicago Tribune reports that a judge has approved exhumation of a body for DNA testing to determine whether it is Michael Marino, believed to be one of the victims of John Wayne Gacy.

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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visits Thal, Austria, to dedicate a museum dedicated to him. AP via Washington Post. | Das Museum

John Martin Smith, the co-founder of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum, and his wife, Barbara, are killed in a car crash in Indiana. AP via Chicago Tribune.

Linda Wheeler of the Washington Post says that a Confederate flag of the 14th Louisiana Infantry, stolen 30 years ago from Louisiana’s Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall, is being returned after it was discovered at the home of a collector.

The traveling exhibit “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” is at the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration. Rachel Lee Harris in the New York Times’ Weekend Miser blog.

The New York Times takes a brief look at the history of the crossword puzzle.

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2 Responses to John Wayne Gacy Victim to Be Exhumed for DNA Tests

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    So LACMA is laying off people, decimating their film program, but have enough money to organize a military operation to bring a giant rock to place at the library. And it’s just a rock, no great piece of art, and definitely not a pyramid. They wonder why people think they’re out of their minds?


  2. This is The masterpiece of the decade, maybe of the century… We’re very surprised by reading all bad comments against this Historic Land Art Project. This is a very important artwork planned in 1968 by one of the greatest american artist…
    Nevermind, this awesome work (a drop in the bucket if one consider the long-time period for which it is planned) inspired us and we decided to curate a “transatlantic action”:


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