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"To Catch A Killer" is a television film from 1992, directed by Eric Till and starring Brian Dennehy and Michael Riley. It is based on the true story of the pursuit of American serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Plot Summary

As he investigates the missing person report of Chris Gant, Des Plaines, ILmarker detective Lt. Joe Kozenczak (Riley) becomes concerned that local businessman John Wayne Gacy (Dennehy) may be responsible for this and well as many other disappearances. However, when he and his team are ready to arrest Gacy, their evidence is viewed as being circumstantial. Worst of all, everyone (including Konzenczak's superiors) view Gacy as a respectable pillar of society. Meanwhile, Gacy himself begins a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse as he tries in everyway to manipulate the police.

After eventually achieving two search warrants, Konzenczak finds a large amount of incriminating evidence, as well as 27 bodies buried throughout John Gacy's property; the remaining 6 are found dumped in a nearby river, including Gant's remains. Afterwards, he is charged with the rape and murder of 33 boys and young men and convicted- being sentenced to death.

Tagline

The spine-chilling true story of the cat-and-mouse pursuit of America's most diabolical serial killer.

Impact/Reception

The film was broadcast in two countries, the United Statesmarker and Canadamarker. In general, the film was received well by critics. As a result, Brian Dennehy was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special". In addition, actor Michael Riley and director Eric Till were both nominated for two individual Gemini Awards..

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