Marlynn Myers, Ex-Wife Of John Wayne Gacy: Family, Children And Relationship

September 10, 2023   | March 22, 2024  | 

    Marlynn Myers is famous as the (first) ex-wife of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy aka the ‘Killer Clown’. The two were in a marital relationship for 5 years and even shared two children together.

    After their divorce, Myers wore the low-key cloak while her ex-husband’s course of life changed as his sexual predator activities turned into homicides. Moreover, after Mr. Gacy was convicted of 33 murders, she and her kids would dive deep into privacy. Here we bring you everything about Marlynn!

    Key Takeaways:

    • Myers and John Wayne Gacy were parents of two children who did not like being involved with their father’s side of the family.
    • The former duo met while working at a clothing store in 1964 and married that same year.
    • Marlynn and John moved to Iowa to aid the former’s father in managing KFC restaurants.
    • They divorced after 5 years of marriage following Gacy’s conviction of sodomy on a minor.
    • Her now-late former husband was a serial killer & got the notorious name of the Killer Clown.

    Who Is Marlynn Myers?

    Myers, the wife of infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, may have cut off all her ties with him but it won’t simply get her family rid of the media’s attention. Marlynn’s identity is more than a convicted criminal’s spouse. She is a courageous and doting mom who took no chance on her kids’ future after knowing John’s impression as a child abuser.

    Marlynn Myers’ Parents: When & Where Was She Born?

    Marlynn was born in around 1944, in Missouri, to Fred W. Myers and Wilma Louise Hudson Myers. She grew up in Springfield, Illinois, where she met her then-future husband John. Nothing in particular about her childhood or siblings is out.

    Both Her Parents Are No More

    Myers’ father Fred W. Myers, who owned KFC franchises in Waterloo, died on January 23, 1996, at the age of 75. Her mother, Wilma, born on September 19, 1923, died at 53 on June 29, 1977.

    The cemetery of both her father and mother is at Oak Ridge Cemetery at 1441 Monument Ave in Springfield, Illinois.

    How Did She Meet Her Then-Husband John Wayne Gacy?

    Marlynn Myers and John Wayne met as co-workers at Roberts Brothers, a clothing store, in Springfield.

    Marlynn Myers met her then-huband John Wayne Gacy at a clothing store where they were co-workers
    John Gacy and his ex-wife Marlynn Myers were co-workers at a clothing store

    Gacy, who was a 1963 graduate of Northwestern Business College of Chicago, worked as a management trainee at NunnBush Shoe Company. Later, he was transferred to the clothing store as a salesman in 1964 & then promoted to department manager of the concern’s retail outlet.

    Myers’ Engagement And Marriage

    Everything was so quick for Myers and Wayne Gacy- they got engaged in March 1964 after dating for a few months. Then, in September 1964, the couple married, when both of them were in their early 20s.

    John Wayne and his first ex-wife Marlynn married in 1964 but divorced after 5 years
    Marlynn and John Wayne Gacy accompanied by Gacy’s parents at their wedding

    They moved from Springfield, Illinois to Iowa after Myers’ father offered them housing space & a workplace.

    Marlynn Got New Job Opportunities For Her Spouse John

    Subsequently, after their wedding, Marlynn’s father purchased three KFC restaurants in Waterloo, Iowa. So, the duo moved there where Gacy managed his wife’s father’s fast-food outlet. It saw him an annual salary of $15,000 (equivalent to $144k in 2023) along with a share of the profits.

    Mother Of Two Kids With Gacy

    During her conjugal life with John Wayne, Marylynn Myers became of mother of their two kids. The duo welcomed their firstborn, a son named Michael in February 1966. After a year, they became parents to their second child, daughter Christine Gacy in March 1967.

    Marlynn and John holding their baby
    Marlynn carrying their baby with her then-husband John

    However, both of their children have made no public appearance.

    Divorced In 1969, What Went Wrong?

    Following 5 years of marriage, Marlynn and John Gacy’s divorce was finalized on September 18, 1969. At that time, their son and daughter were 3 and 2 years old, respectively. The reason for their split was her husband’s conviction on the charges of child molestation.

    In March 1968, Gacy faced a charge of sexual assault (for an incident of August 1967) on a minor Donald Voorhees Jr. On May 10, he was indicted on the sodomy charge and pleaded guilty on November 7 that year.

    On December 3, 1968, he got a sentence of ten years of imprisonment That very same day, Marlynn filed for divorce claiming the couple’s property, alimony & full custody of their kids, which followed with a judgment in her favor. Since then, neither she nor her children saw John Gacy.

    Post-Divorce Life: Did Marlynn Myers Remarry?

    An article in the New York Times in 1979 mentioned that Myers had remarried after her divorce from John but the details of her married life remained under wraps.

    On the other, her ex-husband Gacy exchanged vows with his former high school girlfriend Carol Hoff. They got engaged in August 1971 and married on July 1, 1972, which made him a stepfather to two daughters from Carol’s previous marriage. However, their marriage lasted only three years as they divorced on March 2, 1975.

    Myers’ Former Spouse Conviction As Serial Killer And Execution

    On December 21, 1978, John Wayne Gacy was arrested on the charge of 33 murders of young boys and men. After more than a year of the trial, he was found guilty & convicted of serial killings from 1972 to 1978, which earned him a name as the Killer Clown.

    He received a death sentence on March 13, 1980. It was after 14 years on death row, that Gacy was executed with a lethal injection on May 10, 1994, at Stateville Correctional Center.

    Where Is She Now?

    Following her divorce from John, Marlynn began living a quiet life. Myers and her children don’t associate themselves with Gacy’s family No one knows about her whereabouts- in fact, there is no telling if she is still alive or not.

    After the conviction of her then-spouse, her family went even more private. In a 2010, interview with Oprah, John’s sister Karen stated that she used to send gifts to her nephew & nieces, but they returned those every time- a way to tell, they wanted to live a private life.

    Quick Facts
    Full Name Marlynn Myers
    Birth Place Missouri, USA
    Birthday circa 1944
    Nationality American
    Ethnicity Mixed
    Father Fred W. Myers
    Mother Wilma Louise Hudson Myers
    Eye Color Brown
    Hair Color Light Brown
    Spouse John Wayne Gacy (ex-husband)
    Children Michael and Christine