I can’t say I’ve ever particularly wondered about famous serial killers and their music choices, but everyone loves that scene in American Psycho where Patrick Bateman is cutting that guy up to Huey Lewis & The News so maybe it should have crossed my mind before this. In any case I’m thinking about it now and here are the answers that I’ve managed to find out. Predictably there’s a bunch of heavy metal in there but there’s some choices in there that are going to surprise you. This is in no particular order by the way.
JOHN WAYNE GACY – REO SPEEDWAGON
John Wayne Gacy was a fat dude from Chicago who liked dressing up as a clown and raping and murdering teenage boys and young men in his spare time between 1972 and 1978. Although he didn’t do these activities at the same time, everyone still called him The Killer Clown – they thought it was extra creepy he liked to dress up as ‘Pogo The Clown’ at charitable events despite the fact he was also a killer . To be fair they’re right – that makes the whole thing way scarier. Pogo The Clown sounds like a real horrific character basically, kinda like Pennywise from IT but way fatter.
John Wayne Gacy was a big fan of REO Speedwagon, who are one of those bands I’ve heard of that I can never really name any songs of. I just listened to the first song that came up on YouTube and it’s kinda lame, like a real easy listening middle of the road power ballad that they might feature on Glee. I looked it up and yeah, it has featured on Glee. It’s weird to think a serial killer would listen to something like it and not something really angry but I guess there are all kinds and as much as we would like it to be it isn’t a genre specific lifestyle choice.
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