Investigator Questions Whether Gacy Victims Will Ever Be Identified

CHICAGO (CBS) — A crime scene investigator who worked the Gacy home site almost 33 years ago is wondering how much success the sheriff’s office will have even now in identifying the remains.

The crawl space under Gacy’s home was the focus of Alan Kulovitz’s work in December 1978 through part of January 1979.

He says Gacy gave them the impression as many as 21 bodies were beneath the house – and a map was drawn.

“At that time, he showed about 20 or 21 (bodies), as to the placement of these different bodies,” Kulovitz said. “And nobody really believed it at first.”

They didn’t believe it because investigators didn’t think there could be that many. As it turned out, they found the remains of 33 men and boys, eight still unidentified.

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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart hopes relatives will now come forward–now that DNA technology can be used to ID the victims.

“I hate to say it, but I think in some cases they may have a problem,” Kulovitz said.

Kulovitz says he knows that in other cases, when authorities identified victims who were runaways or prostitutes and contacted their families, in some cases the families didn’t care.

“[They’d say,] ‘Yeah, well, we just kicked him out of the house. He was no good, rotten…’ And they didn’t even want to claim the body,” he said

Kulovitz says he’s not talking specifically about the Gacy case but about other homicides in Cook County where the victims were male prostitutes or runaways living on the streets.

With the Gacy case, Kulovitz says he hopes that enough time has gone by now – and families will acknowledge the truth of a life lived – and a life lost.

  • Dan

    Who cares, this is old news from the seventies. Forget about it!

  • Chinlees

    How do you figure that this is news, can’t you reporters find some intresting new about whats going on. 30 year old news is not news..

  • I care

    Yes this is news, It is a mother who has been visiting a grave who thought it was her son. It may not be. If it is her son, she has closer. If not her son is out there somewhere and another family will know what happen to their child.

    If you don’t think it is news, that is your opinion. I think this is news. If it was your family you would want to know too. Stop being so insensitive.
    God bless this family and help them get throught this time.

  • nerzuhl

    i can see the animal kingdom is alive and well tonight. What other victims will we find?

  • cul-de-sac

    Ignore the trolls, they’re just bottom feeders that need attention to validate their self esteem.

    While I agree with what Kulovitz says in part, the fact is that some of the victims likely were never reported missing, not just due to the hesitance of the families but at times the reluctance of some police not to file missing persons reports on suspected runaways or street kids.

    Unless some of these people still have locatable dental records, or a criminal record, it’s unlikely all of these victims are going to be unidentified. At least it gets in the public eye that 8 youg men still have not received full justice and that there are families and friends out there who know of a young man who went missing in the Chicago area in this timeframe.

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