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To Catch a Killer


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As if this was a nightmarish, real-life episode of Columbo, we know "whodunit" at the outset.
Chicago building contractor
John Wayne Gacy was executed by lethal injection in May, having been on Death Row since 1980.
He was charged with an unprecedented series of murders of young men - 33 in all - carried out in the 1970s.
Most of the victims were buried beneath his suburban house.
Some of them, employed by Gacy to cut trenches for underground pipework, had actually been digging their own graves before being tortured and strangled.
This two-part thriller, concluded tomorrow at
9.30pm, sees Detective Joe Kozenczak beginning a grisly cat-and-mouse game with Gacy when the latter, a pillar of the community and tireless charity worker, is connected with the latest disappearance.
The film is cased very closely on the Gacy case and was made while he was still in prison. It is built around a remarkable and icy performance by Brian Dennehy as the "regular guy" who was concealing the most horrid of secret lives.
(For cast see tomorrow at 9.30pm)


Unknown: John Wayne Gacy
Unknown: Joe Kozenczak
Unknown: Brian Dennehy

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