Sufjan Stevens' "John Wayne Gacy Jr." is an incredibly emotional song about John Wayne Gacy, one of the most notorious serial killers ever. Gacy, who dressed as a clown, killed 33 boys and young men, hiding 27 of them underneath his house. Stevens takes this incredibly macabre subject and turns it into a song that evokes a great deal of "mixed" emotions from the listener. I feel like many people who listen to this song react strongly, because violence is such an extreme subject. We are used to hearing about violence in gangsta rap or hardcore metal, yet, when real-life violence is portrayed in a song as melodically beautiful as this one, the words are laced with a tranquil sadness.