Saturday, July 13, 2013

July 14: Richard Speck

On this date in History .... July 14, 1966:

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Richard Speck murders 8 student nurses in Chicago.  

He broke into their dorm, held them for hours, then one by one took them out of the room, and stabbed or strangled them to death.  He raped the last student before killing her.  He was unaware of a 9th student, hiding under the bed, who stayed hidden until the next morning, then climbed out onto a ledge screaming “My friends are dead!” 

After only 49 minutes of deliberation, the jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to the electric chair.  However, in 1972 the death penalty was lifted because of the Supreme Court decision in Furman v. Georgia (see my June 29 history posting), and sentence was converted to life.  

Speck died of a heart attack one day prior to his 50th birthday.


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