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Richard Speck Murder Site | by Comtesse DeSpair
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Richard Speck Murder Site

On July 14, 1966, in the plain townhouse on the left (2319 E. 100th St, Chicago), Richard Speck systematically murdered eight student nurses from the nearby South Chicago Community Hospital (now Trinity Hospital). He tied up his victims, then raped and murdered them one by one... except for one fortunate woman who hid under a bed and escaped. Her description of Speck's appearance and Texan drawl was the lead that authorities needed to track him down. Speck was eventually captured at Cook County Hospital after a suicide attempt. He was sentenced to death, which was later commuted to life in prison. Speck was incarcerated at Statesville Prison in Crest Hill, Illinois, until his death of a heart attack in 1991 at the age of 49. After his death, an infamous video was released showing Speck, with hormone-enhanced breasts, having oral sex with another inmate, snorting cocaine, parading about in women's underwear, and boasting that "if they only knew how much fun I was having, they'd turn me loose."


The Crime Library has an excellent feature on the murders:

Richard Speck: Born To Raise Hell


This photograph was taken on August 9, 2009 for Ursula Bielski's upcoming book on haunted Chicago.


Incidentally, could you imagine living somewhere where 8 people were murdered in a horribly graphic and bloody manner? I wonder if the people who live there now know?


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Taken on August 12, 2009