Posted by Pam Velazquez on October 30, 2013 in Contest, Website

Who was John Gracsok, and how did he end up dead from a blow to the head? Was it as revenge? A family feud? Was he just clumsy?


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  1. Kathy Nippers

    John Gracsok (aka Ivan Dacok) was killed by his son Andrew Dacok. The father threw hot wax on his son, daughter in law, and an infant because Andrew would not stop whistling. Andrew beat him in the head with a log that was by the kitchen fire.

  2. Teri Knechtel

    His son, Andrew Dacok. Andrew and John’s wife stated it was self defense, but he may have been murdered in order to get the farm.

  3. Evone Parker

    Ivan Dacok was murdered by his son Andrew Dacok due to a quarel between the two about whistling in the room.

  4. Susan Davis

    John J. Grocsok (AKA Ivan Ducok) was murdered by his son Andrew Ducok. Andrew claimed self defense but the court found evidence that his motive may have been that he wanted the family property for himself. His mother Marie Ducok was also arrested in her husband’s death.

  5. Karen Sinkovich

    Entry area for making today’s challenge choice, was completely white/blank. I tried several times between abt 5 and 6:00pm. Could not find customer service email, so am posting here.
    Using the choice list in the general information area, I picked a ‘button’. Then entered my name and email in the three line area. Sure hope this worked in submitting my entry. Otherwise would appreciate those that had trouble getting another chance to enter. Thank you.

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