John Wayne Gacy letter to Todd N. Kennedy. October 18, 1989

Gacy, John Wayne.

Publication Date: 1989
Condition: Near fine Soft cover
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8 ½ x 11 inch. 2 sheets with envelope. Correspondence between John Wayne Gacy, the notorious "Killer Clown," and Todd N. Kennedy of Indiana on Gacy's personalized letterhead. This letter was written on death row at Menard Correctional Center during the 14 years Gacy awaited his execution—when he famously offered the last words: "Kiss my ass." Gacy murdered thirty-three young men, 29 of whom he buried beneath the floor boards of his home. During his incarceration he was a prolific letter writer and oil painter. Writing to Kennedy, Gacy addresses the health of his mother, who he is unable to see in her final days. There are many crude references to their shared sexual orientation. He refers repeatedly to a mutual friend he calls UNK—which are perhaps initials—who is also homosexual and helps to provide him and Kennedy with pornographic material. Kennedy was apparently #93 on the list of permitted visitors for Gacy. Gacy displays his racist tendencies towards Latin Americans, as well as his twisted jocular personality as he makes wise-cracks throughout the letter. He mentions a book of his letters published without his permission (available in "Dave's comics store" in Royal Oak, Michigan) and other publications, but his ambiguous language and the lack of context make it hard to decipher if these books are ones he has written or that he is seeking to procure. Publisher Craig Bowley is mentioned, along with his address. Bowley published Gacy's book, A Question of Doubt, in 1991 and apparently was another provider of pornography for Gacy. He refers in a familiar way to Adam Parfrey of Feral House Books, a publisher who specializes in controversial subjects and spearheaded the often banned Apocalypse Culture. Parfrey curated an art show on Christian martyrs in Los Angeles featuring art work by Gacy, loosely referred to here in regards to a book on the topic. The show, according to Los Angeles Magazine, took place at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in 1990 and featured art by mass murderers: "John Wayne Gacy's bright, cartoonish oil paintings depicted the Seven Dwarfs bearing clubs and pickaxes. (In the exhibition catalog, Parfrey referred to inmate contributors as 'loathsome criminals'; Gacy responded by vowing to put Parfrey's head in a box.)" This letter to Kennedy was written before Parfrey and Gacy became enemies. An illustrator named Todd Kennedy designed a cover for one of the issues of that magazine, the possible recipient of this letter. As noted by Gacy here, Kennedy also purchased three of the killer's oil paintings. Bookseller Inventory # 105974

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Title: John Wayne Gacy letter to Todd N. Kennedy. ...

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near fine

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