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Nancy Rommelmann on meeting one of America’s most heinous serial killers

In 1994, journalist Nancy Rommelmann accompanied a pen pal of John Wayne Gacy on a road trip to visit the serial killer before his execution

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Advisory: Today’s conversation includes talk about a heinous murderer in the Chicago, Illinois area, and another case of murder in the Portland, Oregon area.

In 1994, journalist Nancy Rommelmann accompanied Rick Gaez, a 26-year-old pen pal of John Wayne Gacy, on a road trip from Los Angeles to Illinois to visit the serial killer before his execution.

Along the way, she took the moral temperature of people asking how they felt about Gacy and his being sentenced to death for the torture and murder of 33 young men and teenage boys. Her journey resulted in the publication of her feature article, Destination Gacy: A Cross-Country Journey to Shake the Devil’s Hand.

In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley chats with Rommelmann about her meeting and interview with one of America’s most heinous serial killers.

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