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Gacy case helps in unsolved death

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Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangled them, his case has helped authorities solve another killing — one he didn’t commit.

Investigators have identified the remains of a man who in 1978 never returned to his home just a few miles from Gacy’s house. Though the news that 22-year-old Edward Beaudion of Chicago is believed to have been killed by a small-time Missouri crook named Jerry Jackson who died last year at age 62 comes too late to bring Jackson to justice, it answers a question Beaudion’s family has spent decades asking.

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