1970s serial killer John Wayne Gacy hid the remains of at least 29 different people in and around his home at 8213 W. Summerdale Avenue. The house was demolished in 1979, but locals were mystified by the fact that the lot remained mostly barren for years thereafter – not even grass or weeds would seem to grow on the property. Stories started to emerge about the property being haunted by the ghosts of Gacy’s victims.
A new home was built on the property in 1988, and the new owner petitioned the city to change the number of the street address.
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- 8213 W. Summerdale Avenue
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- 41.9764051, -87.83233009999998
- Cook County, Illinois
- Nearest Towns:
- Norridge, IL (0.9 mi.)
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River Grove, IL (3.5 mi.)
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