Mom wants Gacy victim exhumed

Sept. 16, 2011 at 11:45 AM
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CHICAGO, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- An Illinois woman whose son was identified as a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy wants the boy's body exhumed for DNA testing.

Attorneys for Sherry Marino say the woman has wondered for more than 30 years if the boy buried in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Ill., is really her son, Michael, the Chicago Tribune reported. She has filed a request in Cook County Circuit Court to have the body exhumed.

Marino's attorneys said the findings of a 1979 pathological report show the victim had a fractured collarbone and permanent molars. But Marino said she doesn't think her son had ever broken his collarbone, and dental X-rays taken several months before the 14-year-old disappeared in 1976 did not show all of his molars grown in, the report said.

The body identified as Marino's son was found in the crawlspace of Gacy's suburban Chicago home along with 28 other bodies. Gacy, who was arrested in 1978, was convicted of killing 33 young men and boys. He was executed in 1994.

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