In Building Off the Grid: Mud Men, builder Matteo Lundgren creates custom cob houses using natural materials such as clay, sand, straw, and water.
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Building Off the Grid: Mud Men - John Wayne Gacy - Netflix
John Wayne Gacy Jr. (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer and rapist. He sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Cook County, Illinois (a part of metropolitan Chicago). All of Gacy's known murders were committed inside his Norwood Park ranch house. His victims were typically induced to his address by force or deception, and all but one of his victims were murdered by either asphyxiation or strangulation with a makeshift tourniquet; his first victim was stabbed to death. Gacy buried 26 of his victims in the crawl space of his home. Three other victims were buried elsewhere on his property, while the bodies of his last four known victims were discarded in the Des Plaines River. Convicted of 33 murders, Gacy was sentenced to death on March 13, 1980, for 12 of those killings. He spent 14 years on death row before he was executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center on May 10, 1994. Gacy became known as the “Killer Clown” because of his charitable services at fund-raising events, parades, and children's parties where he would dress as “Pogo the Clown” or “Patches the Clown”, characters he had devised.
Building Off the Grid: Mud Men - Waterloo, Iowa - Netflix
In 1966, Gacy began to manage the three KFC restaurants in Waterloo that his father-in-law had purchased. The offer was lucrative: Gacy would receive $15,000 per year (the equivalent to $115,274, as of 2018), plus a share of profits earned via the restaurants. Gacy accepted the offer and relocated to Waterloo with his wife later that year, following his obligatory completion of a managerial course. In Waterloo, Gacy joined the local chapter of the Jaycees, regularly offering extensive hours to the organization in addition to the 12- and 14-hour days he worked managing three restaurants. Although considered ambitious and something of a braggart by his colleagues in the Jaycees, he was highly regarded as a worker on several fund-raising projects. In 1967, he was named “outstanding vice-president” of the Waterloo Jaycees. At Jaycee meetings, Gacy would often provide free fried chicken to his colleagues and insisted upon being given the nickname “Colonel”. The same year, Gacy served on the Board of Directors for the Waterloo Jaycees. Gacy's wife gave birth to two children: a son named Michael was born in February 1966, followed by a daughter named Christine in March 1967. Gacy himself later described this period of his life as “perfect”, adding that he finally earned the long-sought approval of his father. On one occasion in July 1966, Gacy's parents paid a visit to Iowa, during which Gacy Sr. apologized privately to his son for the physical and mental abuse he had inflicted on him throughout his childhood, before proudly informing him: “Son, I was wrong about you.” However, there was a seedier side of Jaycee life in Waterloo, one that involved wife swapping, prostitution, pornography, and drug use. Gacy was deeply involved in many of these activities and regularly cheated on his wife with local prostitutes. He is also known to have opened a “club” in his basement, where he allowed his employees to drink alcohol and play pool. Although Gacy employed teenagers of both sexes at his restaurants, he socialized only with his young male employees. Many were given alcohol before Gacy made sexual advances toward them, which, if rebuffed, he would claim were jokes or a test of morals.
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