Timothy Jack “Tim” McCoy

Timothy Jack “Tim” McCoy

Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
Death 2 Jan 1972 (aged 16)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Plot West Haven Garden Lot 30 Space 2
Memorial ID 153216679 · View Source
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Timothy Jack McCoy was a teenager passing through Chicago, around the age of 17-18. He had been visiting an aunt in Michigan and was heading back home to Glenwood, Iowa, via bus transit. Timothy was killed in "self-defense" by serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Originally an unidentified victim, he was identified in the late 80's, but previously interred under an anonymous gravestone in Chicago, Illinois. His remains were returned to Iowa, where he lived with his aunt and uncle, but was buried in Nebraska because he was from there originally. Identification was made through dental records from a dentist in Florida, where majority of Timothy's family lived. A belt buckle with a "Model T-Ford" on it also helped with identification.

According to a cousin, they were like brothers and both worked at Blue Star Foods Inc. at Council Bluffs. Both worked 12 hour days and when Timothy didn't return, the FBI and police were notified.

"We thought he had amnesia and just vanished. Some thought he might have been murdered, but nobody really knew."

Timothy was preceded in death by his father, Jack McCoy.

From a 1986 article:

"In a west suburban cemetery, the remains of Timothy Jack McCoy lie beneath a simple gravestone marked "We Remembered."

Later this week, the remains of McCoy, a victim of mass murderer John Wayne Gacy, will be going home to Glenwood, Iowa.

McCoy, a teenager who apparently met Gacy after his bus stopped in Chicago, was identified recently by WLS-Channel 7 reporter Russ Ewing and Cook County officials through dental charts.

Since McCoy's parents have little money, the cost is being picked up by a funeral director and an airline, said Thomas Moriarty, executive director of the Funeral Directors Services Organization of Greater Chicago.

McCoy, believed to be 17 to 19 years old, apparently was visiting friends in Michigan in 1972 and was en route back to Iowa when he met Gacy, Moriarty said.

McCoy was believed to have been murdered New Year's Day, 1973."

Gacy's 1st Victim Finally Identified

John Wayne Gacy's first victim has been identified 14 years later as a teenaged boy who stopped in Chicago on the way home from a Christmas vacation, forensics experts said.

The first victim of the man convicted of killing 33 young men and boys was Timothy Jack McCoy, 15, who stopped in the Loop on a layover in his bus trip.

Dr. John Pavlik, an Olympia Fields orthodontist and chief of forensic science for the Cook County sheriff's police, made the identification based on dental records he received last week from Dr. Norman Bluth, McCoy's dentist in Davie, Fla.

"The fillings he (McCoy) had were very, very unique," said Pavlik.

"That would take him to 2 or 3 percent of the population." Other dental characteristics, including "certain unique teeth," reduced the percentage of error to the point that he could conclude that McCoy was the first victim, Pavlik said.

The records were brought to the attention of local authorities by Russ Ewing, a reporter for WLS-TV (Channel 7).

Authorities began discovering Gacy's victims in December, 1978. Twenty-nine were buried in Gacy's northwest-suburban Norwood Park Township house; four were in rivers. Gacy was convicted of the 33 murders on March 12, 1980, with 11 of the bodies still unidentified. He is now on death row at the Menard Correctional Center.

Two of the 11 were identified shortly after the trial. Establishing McCoy's identity leaves eight bodies unidentified, said Cook County Medical Examiner Dr. Robert Stein.

William Kunkle, an attorney in private practice who was chief prosecutor at Gacy's trial, said that Gacy told officers, he said he met his first victim outside the Greyhound Bus Station on Jan. 3, 1972.

"He stated his first victim was not strangled (as were the others) but rather was stabbed in the chest twice," Kunkle said.

"He also said that the first victim was the first one buried in the crawl space (beneath the house). But later on when his second wife moved into the house and complained of odors in the basement, he took the opportunity when she was out of town to cover that first body with concrete."

The body identified as McCoy's was discovered with stab wounds and under the concrete slab described by Gacy.

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