The Killing Spree Of Richard Speck

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The Killing Spree of Richard Speck

Throughout the twentieth century, there have been many mass/serial killers. One killer who may be over-shadowed by the likes of Ted Bundy or Paul Bernardo, is Richard Speck. To some, Speck may be considered a "lightweight" in the mass murder world but to his victims and their families, he is a man of sub-human character. To prove his poor character, on that frightful night, while he was raping one of his victims he calmly said to her, "Would you mind putting your legs on my back?"(www.flashback.net/~slayer/speck.htm).

Richard Speck was no stranger to violence. Before the frightful night of July 13, 1966, Speck was no stranger to violence. He was suspected in a number of other murders but was never charged because of his calm and cool demeanour. He even went as far as to admit that he killed his ex-wife's husband to a barmaid in his childhood hometown of Monmouth, Illinois. No one truly took the allegations to heart but everyone's mind would change after the night of July 13, 1966 on which Richard Allen Speck murdered eight women, and raped one.

The events of the night began when Speck left work after a fist fight with his boss, after which he proceeded to borrow money for alcohol and drugs. After he ran out of money, and high on an unknown drug, he approached the home of nine student nurses, armed with a gun and a knife, and demanded money. He told the young woman who answered the door that he needed money, and forced her and five other residents in the house to lay on the floor of a bedroom. Speck then proceeded to tie them up with ripped bed sheets along with three more women who entered the house at a later time, telling them all that they would not be hurt. After ransacking the house and pocketing all the money he could find, he still did not leave. For an unknown reason, Speck became increasingly irritated. Frustrated and inebriated, Speck led the women into other rooms of the house where he proceeded stab and strangle each one. His final victim was raped before she was murdered. There was however one survivor, that being a woman who managed to hide beneath a bed, out of Speck's murderous vision.

After the one surviving nurse sought help, a massive manhunt began searching for Speck. The police spread out and believed that only someone who knew the area well could be in involved, since the townhouse in which the nurses lived, was not highly visible. The police searched high and low but did not turn up any hard leads. Meanwhile, Speck continued his binge with...

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