Another victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy identified

Elias Hubbard
July 20, 2017

Dart said the investigation to identify the remaining six victims was ongoing.

"It's not every day you heard this: A monster murdered your brother", said James' sister Lorie Sisterman. He was identified through DNA. The teenager had left his home in 1976 and was last heard from in August of that year when he called his mother and told her he was in Chicago. She says her family filed a missing person's report. First killing homeless male prostitutes and then suburban teenagers, Gacy lured victims to his vehicle, rendered them unconscious with chloroform and sometimes tortured them at his house before killing them.

DNA analysis has confirmed the identity of a previously unnamed victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced on Wednesday.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said at a Wednesday news conference that at the time the only way to identify bodies was with dental records, which 16-year-old James Byron Haakenson's mother didn't have. Dart said that there was a "strong genetic association" between the siblings and the teen's remains.

Two siblings of the teen were among the scores of relatives who submitted saliva samples.

The teen's mother is dead. It was one of the nation's worst serial killing cases.

Haakenson is the second of the eight victims to be identified.

The Minnesota teenager ran away from home in the city of St Paul during the summer of 1976 when he was 16, according to the sheriff's office. Remains of the eight victims were exhumed in 2011 in an effort to identify them through DNA testing.

He was executed by lethal injection in in 1994 - he showed no remorse for his crimes and his final words were "kiss my ass".

This week, a Cook County sheriff's detective went to Minnesota to tell the family the news.

Gacy tortured and killed at least 33 teenage boys and young men, in Norwood Park, between 1972 to 1978. Dart also asked that relatives of young men who disappeared between 1970 and Gacy's 1978 arrest submit to DNA testing in hopes of finding a match.

William George Bundy, a 19-year-old construction worker, was identified as a Gacy victim months after Mr Dart began the exhumations.

The Sheriff's Department hasn't said whether another body has been identified.

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