The Crime of the Century

The Crime of the Century

eBook - 2016
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The "riveting behind-the-scenes story" of the infamous rampage that killed eight student nurses in Chicago (Vincent Bugliosi).
On the night of July 14th, 1966, drifter Richard Benjamin Speck broke into a Chicago dormitory that housed eight student nurses. One by one, Speck raped, strangled, and stabbed them to death in a sadistic sexual frenzy. Miraculously, one victim, Corazon Amurao, survived by hiding under the bed during the long, nightmarish ordeal. By morning Speck had changed the landscape of American crime.
Now, award-winning Chicago journalist Dennis L. Brea and prosecuting attorney William J. Martin reveal the never-before told story of one of the most appalling mass murders in history--from the killer's twisted upbringing to the lives and deaths of his innocent victims to the massive manhunt and investigation and the trial that held the country spellbound. Meticulously researched with scores of interviews, including that of Speck's lone survivor, The Crime of the Century is "the richly detailed and riveting behind-the scenes story of the crime that murdered American innocence and ushered in the era of mass murder" (Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter ) .
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., 2016
ISBN: 9781510708877
Characteristics: 1 online resource (560 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Martin, William J.


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PapaKodoPolous Nov 22, 2017

Very detailed account of the murders committed by Richard Speck. Over the years, I failed to ask my mother of the events due to the proximity she, a nurse in Chicago, had to these killings. I was engrossed in the details and constantly moving through the sense of place the authors provided. Fifty years later, the story remains unsettling and a psychoanalyst's buffet of the states of mind of murderers and victims.

Mar 07, 2017

Published in 2016 - "The Crime Of The Century" is a riveting, in-depth look back (50 years earlier) when (on July 14, 1966) an outraged, desperate, and volatile, Richard Speck (25 at the time) broke into a quiet Chicago townhouse and, without showing any mercy or remorse, brutally stabbed, raped, strangled and killed 8 young, resident nurses.

Co-written by William Martin (the prosecutor who put Speck into prison for life) and Dennis Breo (the journalist who won an award for his initial coverage of the murders) - "The Crime Of The Century" puts the reader right in the front-row seat as a witness to the murders, the manhunt, the investigation, and the trial of Richard Speck, whose name (literally overnight) became synonymous with the word "monster" (of the most despicable kind).

This well-researched, true-life, crime story also features a 26-page photo gallery.

(*Watch brief documentary video-clip*)

Aug 10, 2016

A gripping chronicle of the 1966 rampage killings of eight Chicago student nurses. "The Crime of the Century" was co-written by Bill Martin, the Chief Prosecutor whose superb leadership of a dedicated group of assistant attorneys and police officers brought the loathsome Richard Speck to justice. I could not put this book down, it is tense and well-paced and reads almost like a documentary of the page. A special nod to the courageous Cora Amurao, the shy young Filipino nurse who was the lone survivor of that horrifying night. She rose above her trauma and fear, deciding to remain in Chicago to testify against the man who tortured, raped and killed her friends. Cora electrified the hushed courtroom when she walked right up to a coldly staring Speck, pointed her finger directly in his face, and declared: "This is the man!"

In the final chapter of this disturbing tale we meet a much older Richard Speck a few years before his death in 1991 (ironically, of a massive heart attack from an abnormally enlarged heart). Thanks to numerous appeals and a 1971 Supreme Court ruling, Speck was able to evade the electric chair. Outwardly, Speck is bizarrely changed, as a jailhouse video leaked to Chicago journalist Bill Kurtis shows in jaw-dropping detail. Kurtis asked Bill Martin to view it to verify Speck's identity, and Martin gives a devastating "review" of it here.
Highly recommended.


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