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Who is John Wayne Gacy’s Second Wife Carole Hoff?

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To the outside world, John Wayne Gacy seemed to have a perfect life. He was well-liked, had a successful business, and had a loving family. However, John’s arrest in December 1978 brought to the fore who he really was. Netflix’s ‘Conversations With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes’ chronicles John’s serial killing ways and how he was eventually convicted of more than 30 murders. John married Carole Hoff in June 1972, but by then, he had already killed his first victim. So, let’s find out more about Carole and her relationship with John then, shall we?

Who is Carole Hoff?

Before John met Carole, he had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sodomy in Iowa. However, he was a model inmate and was released in about 18 months. Then, he moved back to Chicago, Illinois, and eventually bought a house in Norwood Park there. John then began dating Carole Hoff in October 1971. She was described as a pleasant but quiet divorcee with two daughters. They had known each other when they were younger.

Soon, John asked her to move in. As per the show, he wanted to be honest with her before marriage and had told her that he had been incarcerated in the past. However, she did believe that John had changed, and the couple married in June 1972. Before their wedding, he also told Carole that he was bisexual, but she thought he was joking. While the relationship seemed okay initially, it soon crumbled due to John’s behavior. Carole later remembered that he had pictures of naked men, and at one point, she found wallets of multiple teenage men in his car.

Furthermore, Carole’s mother stated that John’s house in Norwood Park always smelled like “dead rats.” The authorities would later find more than 20 bodies buried on the property. Eventually, Carole grew unhappy with the marriage. She felt that John spent all of his time working and wasn’t okay with him hanging out with teenage men. As per the show, Carole said they hardly had sex anymore and that he didn’t want to have anything to do with her. They got divorced in March 1976 after close to four years together.

Where is Carole Hoff Now?

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After the divorce, John went on to kill many more men before being arrested in December 1978. He was eventually sentenced to death. Carole later said in a television interview that John was sexually dysfunctional with women. Regarding the slayings, she added, “He would throw furniture. He broke a lot of my furniture. I think now, if there were murders, some must have taken place when I was in that house.” Since then, Carole has understandably shied away from public scrutiny. Not much is known about what she does currently, and her last known location remains Chicago.

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What is Angelyne’s Net Worth?

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Ronia Tamar Goldberg, also known as Angelyne, is an actress, singer, and model who was born on October 2, 1950, in Chmielnik, Poland. Her parents were Holocaust survivors who survived the most horrific form of human rights violations while in Skarżysko-Kamienna German Nazi concentration camps. After the liberation by allied forces, they lived in Poland […]

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Is Angelyne’s Jeff Glasner a Real Journalist? Where is He Now?

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‘Angelyne‘ is an addictive biographical drama TV series on Peacock. Created by Nancy Oliver, it delves into the intriguing life of Angelyne, a model and media influencer, who became a pop culture icon in Los Angeles during the 80s. Apart from her rise to stardom, the show also captures the perspectives of those who know her up close and how they impact her journey.

One such person is Jeff Glasner, an entertainment journalist, who sets out to find out the secrets Angelyne fiercely protects and drastically changes her life. The realistic portrayal of the character makes the audience wonder whether Jeff is based on a real person. Let’s unravel this mystery together, shall we? SPOILERS AHEAD.

Is Jeff Glasner a Real Journalist?

In ‘Angelyne,’ Jeff Glasner is a journalist from The Hollywood Reporter who writes an explosive article about the sensational celebrity’s childhood and family. For his research, he spends time with her and records interviews, but when she refuses to divulge anything substantial about her life and beginnings, he decides to conduct his own investigation. In reality, Jeff’s character is based on journalist Gary Baum, who works for The Hollywood Reporter.

In 2017, Gary wrote and published an elaborate article that details Angelyne’s humble beginnings, before she became famous as the “Billboard Queen” of Los Angeles. Earlier, he wrote a profile article for her in 2015, but as per him, she dodged any questions about her parents or other topics like religion and her upbringing. In his 2017 article, Gary shared that in the fall of 2016, he was approached by a man who went by the pseudonym, Ed Thompson. He was a federal government employee who undertook paid assignments as a hobby genealogist on the side.

For his personal interest, Ed decided to find out about Angelyne a few years earlier and then contacted Gary, who was researching her. He provided the material he had collected over the years from public databases, including her yearbook pictures, as well as the immigration, marriage, and death records of her parents. All this information helped prove that Angelyne’s original name was Renee Tami Goldberg (earlier known as Ronia Tamar Goldberg). She was born in October 1950 in Poland, to Jewish parents who were Holocaust survivors.

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Ed’s findings also revealed Angelyne’s tumultuous childhood as well as her brief marriage to Michael Strauss during her high school days. After her divorce in 1969, her original name resurfaced in 2016, when she discreetly petitioned to change it to Angelyne legally. However, in the legal document, she mentioned being a resident of Louiseville, Kentucky, and claimed to have been born in 1962. Since all this data was different than what Ed had shared, Gary tried contacting Angelyne’s friend and assistant Scott Hennig for clarity.

To Gary’s disappointment, both Scott and Angelyne reportedly rubbished the data provided by Ed and discouraged him from pursuing the matter any further. Luckily, when he continued looking for clues, he found an advertisement for a trophy engraving company that matched the residential address which Ed had found earlier. Moreover, Gary managed to track down Angelyne’s former husband Michael Strauss, who then confirmed all of the journalist’s findings and provided a fitting conclusion to his research.

After so many months of hard work, Gary’s article got published in August 2017 and received a massive response from Angelyne’s fans as well as the other public, who till then, were highly curious about her life. His written piece is one of the most accurate feature articles on the media icon’s illustrious life and has provided the base for the show’s narrative.

Where is Gary Baum Now?

Presently, Gary Baum works as a senior writer at The Hollywood Reporter, where he has been working for more than ten glorious years. Priorly, he worked with Angeleno Magazine for almost seven years, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California.

Gary has written articles on several other relevant topics, such as the clearing of tents for unhoused residents in Los Angeles for film shoots, Jewish studio heads in Hollywood history, and investigative pieces on prominent public and administrative figures. Though he is highly active on the professional front, he seems to be rather private on social media about his life. As far as we can tell, he currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.

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