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Killing Time with John Wayne Gacy: Defending America's Most Evil...

Killing Time with John Wayne Gacy: Defending America's Most Evil...


Killing Time with John Wayne Gacy: Defending America's Most Evil Serial Killer on Death Row


John Wayne Gacy raped, tortured, and murdered 33 boys and young men, burying most of them in the crawlspace under his Chicago home. Karen Conti was in high school at the time watching the bodies being removed on the television news.


Fourteen years pass. Through a twist of fate, Conti, now a young and inexperienced attorney, is called upon to handle Gacy’s final death row appeals. The serial killer soon becomes her most famous, difficult, and haunting client.


Thirty years after Gacy’s execution, Conti looks back through the eyes of a seasoned professional on the legal and media circus that ensued—and her countless hours of detailed conversation with the killer clown. We hear for the first time about Gacy’s gruesome “Body Book.” Were there more victims? Conspirators involved in the murders? What secrets were buried with him?


If one were to ask Conti, “How could you represent such a monster?” she would respond, “What you really want to know is, ‘What was he like?’” This book answers that question.

SKU: 9798986512471

    272 pages. Paperback.


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    “This addictively readable book about Karen Conti’s representation of John Wayne Gacy, perhaps the most prolific serial killer ever to be put to death in this country, answers some of the law’s most fascinating questions."
    —Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    “For those interested in the legal system: This book offers a fascinating glimpse into the challenges and ethical dilemmas faced by criminal defense attorneys!”
    —Robert Shapiro, a member of the “Dream Team” of O. J. Simpson’s attorneys

    “Killing Time is a testament to the human spirit’s resilience."
    —Sister Helen Prejean, author of the best-selling book, Dead Man Walking

    “While many have exploited the story of John Wayne Gacy with varying degrees of success, Killing Time with John Wayne Gacy is a completely refreshing take. "—Tracy Ullman, Executive Producer of the Peacock Original docuseries John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise

    “It is so well done and packed full of very credible information not only on Gacy but Conti’s career and snippets of other cases. This book is a must-read for anyone who enjoys true crime with a twist." —Ann Wolbert Burgess, Professor at Boston College, one of the original trailblazing “Mindhunter” FBI criminal profilers


    Karen Conti

  • ISBN

    979-8-9865124-7-1 paperback

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