Even though we now know John Wayne Gacy for killing 33 people and burying most of them in the crawl space of his home, there was a time when he was regarded as a pillar of the community.
He owned a successful construction business, threw parties that made him popular with the neighbors, and in his spare time, attended fundraisers and children’s parties dressed as Pogo the Clown.
One of the people who knew Bundy best is crime author Ann Rule. In her book covering Bundy’s murders titled The Stranger Beside Me, Rule shares one of the most peculiar stories about Bundy—how, in 1970, he saved a toddler from drowning.
The child was three years old, and he had wandered away from his parents while on vacation at Green Lake in Seattle.
As Kemper himself put it, “Well, [Mullin] had a habit of singing and bothering people when somebody tried to watch TV. Then, when he was a good boy, I’d give him some peanuts. That was effective, because pretty soon he asked permission to sing.