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When he left, hours later, taking the money he had stolen, she cowered in her hiding place, terrified, for hours, before finally summoning the courage to seek help.
She climbed out on a window ledge and screamed for help, at which point concerned neighbors summoned the police.
The police arrived to scenes of carnage, and took Amurao into custody, interviewing her and proceeding with the construction of an Identikit image.
Fortunately, Amurao remembered the distinctive "Born to Raise Hell" tattoo that, along with the image, enabled police to identify their suspect as Richard Speck.
Subsequent nationwide enquiries also raised the other incidents in which Speck was suspected, as well as his criminal record. In the days before automated fingerprint identification, it took almost a week to identify the prints found in the townhouse as his.
Media coverage splashed Speck's image all over the front pages and, in a desperate bid to escape, Speck tried to commit suicide on July 19, , by slashing his wrists in the seedy hotel he was staying in.
Changing his mind at the last minute, he summoned help, and was taken to Cook County hospital, where, again, his tattoo gave him away, and he was arrested and taken into custody.
He was in need of surgery to repair his severed artery, and was watched over by a dozen policemen who were determined to ensure that his days of making lucky escapes were over.
Speck's trial began on April 3, , and his claim that he had no recollection of the eight murders committed placed Corazon Amurao in the spotlight as the star witness.
Despite concerns about her ability to testify after her harrowing ordeal, she gave a faultless performance, impressing the jury with every detail of that evening, identifying Speck unequivocally.
The trial lasted just 12 days and, on April 15, , the jury found Speck guilty of all eight murders, after less than an hour's deliberation.
The judge sentenced Speck to death. In , Speck's death sentence was commuted to 50 to years in prison, when the U. Supreme Court abolished capital punishment.
Speck was never officially charged with the murders of which he was suspected prior to the events that took place in the South Chicago townhouse and, officially, those cases remain unsolved.
In , five years after Speck's death, a TV journalist made public a prison video, which showed Speck taking drugs and engaging in sex with another inmate during the s, while he was an inmate at Statesville Correctional Institute; Speck appears to have breasts in the video, apparently as a result of hormone treatment received while in prison, and is wearing women's underwear.
In the video, Speck also casually admits to the killing of the nurses, describing the strangulations in some detail, and bragging about the strength required to kill someone in this manner.
The video's release caused a major scandal within the Illinois Department of Corrections, and was widely cited as justification for the reintroduction of death penalty.
In , while still in prison, Speck died of a heart attack. We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us!
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The Simon and Garfunkel song "7 O'Clock News" was comprised of several radio broadcasts being read against the soothing Silent Night , and contained the verse In Chicago, Richard Speck, accused murderer of nine student nurses, was brought before a Grand Jury today for indictment.
The nurses were found stabbed and strangled in their Chicago apartment. Violence" is about Speck, the lyrics sung from the murderer's point of view.
The song was originally titled "The Ballad of Richard Speck," but the band changed it out of concern for the families of Speck's victims. In addition, portraits of the eight nurses Speck murdered were made into a painting series by German artist Gerhardt Richter, titled "Eight Student Nurses" The film "Ten to Midnight" starring Charles Bronson parallels the Speck Murders, in that a man enters the home of several student nurses and systematically kills them while one, who was hiding under a bed, escapes.
Richard Franklin Speck December 6, — December 5, was a mass murderer who systematically tortured, raped and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital in Chicago, Illinois on July 14, Monmouth, — The family moved to Monmouth shortly after Speck's birth.
Speck and his younger sister, Carolyn, born in , were much younger than their four older sisters and two older brothers Speck's oldest brother, Robert, died at the age of 23 in an automobile accident in Speck's father worked as a packer at Western Stoneware in Monmouth and had previously worked as a farmer and logger.
Speck was very close to his father who died in from a heart attack at the age of 53 when Speck was six years old. A couple of years later, Speck's religious, teetotaling mother met and fell in love with a traveling insurance salesman from Texas, Carl August Rudolph Lindberg, whom she met on a train trip to Chicago.
The hard-drinking, peg-legged Lindberg, with a year criminal record that started with forgery and included several arrests for drunk driving, was in every respect the opposite of Speck's sober, hardworking father.
Speck and his younger sister Carolyn stayed with their married sister Sara Thornton in Monmouth for a few months so Speck could finish 2nd grade, before joining their mother and Lindberg in rural Santo, Texas, 40 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas, where Speck attended 3rd grade.
After a year in Santo, Speck moved with his mother, stepfather, and sister Carolyn to the East Dallas section of Dallas, Texas, living at 10 addresses in poor neighborhoods over the next dozen years.
Speck loathed his often drunk and frequently absent stepfather who psychologically abused him with insults and threats. Speck, a poor student who needed glasses for reading but refused to wear them, struggled through Dallas public schools from 4th through 8th grade, repeating 8th grade at J.
Long Jr. High School in part because he refused to recite in class because of a lifelong fear of people staring at him. In autumn , Speck started 9th grade at Crozier Technical High School, but failed every subject, and did not return for the second semester in January , dropping out just after his 16th birthday.
Speck had begun drinking alcohol at age 12 and by age 15 was getting drunk almost every day. His first arrest in , at age 13 for trespassing, was followed by dozens of other arrests for misdemeanors over the next eight years.
Speck worked as a laborer for the 7-Up bottling company of Dallas for almost three years, from August 24, to July 19, Shirley married Speck on January 19, , and initially moved in with Speck, his mother, his sister Carolyn and Carolyn's husband.
Speck's mother and stepfather had separated and his stepfather had moved to California. Speck stopped using the name Richard Franklin Lindberg when he got married and began using the name Richard Franklin Speck.
When Speck's daughter, Robbie Lynn, was born on July 5, , his wife did not know where Speck was—he was serving a day jail sentence for disturbing the peace in McKinney, Texas after a drunken melee.
The year-old Speck was convicted of forgery and burglary and sentenced to three years in prison. One week after his parole, at a.
He fled when the woman screamed, the police arrived within minutes and shortly thereafter apprehended Speck a few blocks away.
Speck was convicted of aggravated assault, given a month sentence to run concurrently with a parole violation sentence and returned to prison in Huntsville, but due to an error was released from prison just six months later on completion of his parole violation sentence on July 2, After his release from prison, Speck worked for three months as a driver for the Patterson Meat Company and had six accidents with his truck before he was fired for failing to show up for work.
In December , on the recommendation of his mother, Speck who was by then separated from his wife, moved in with a year-old divorced woman, an ex-professional wrestler who was a bartender at his favorite bar, Ginny's Lounge, and needed someone to babysit her three children.
In January , Speck's wife filed for divorce. That same month, Speck stabbed another man in a knife fight at Ginny's Lounge and was charged with aggravated assault, but a defense attorney hired by his mother was able to get the charge reduced to disturbing the peace.
On March 5, , Speck bought a year-old car. The following evening, he burglarized a grocery store, stole 70 cartons of cigarettes, sold them out of the trunk of his car in the grocery store's parking lot and then abandoned his car.
The police traced the car to Speck and issued a warrant for his arrest for burglary on March 8.
An arrest—his 42nd in Dallas—would mean another prison term, so on March 9, , Speck's sister Carolyn drove him to the Dallas bus depot where he caught a bus to Chicago, Illinois.
Monmouth, March—April Speck stayed with his sister Martha Thornton and her family in Chicago for a few days, and then returned to his boyhood hometown of Monmouth, Illinois where he initially stayed with some old family friends.
Speck's brother Howard was a carpenter in Monmouth and found a job for him sanding plasterboard for another Monmouth carpenter. Speck became angry when he learned that his ex-wife remarried two days after she was granted a divorce on March 16, ; he moved to the Christy Hotel in downtown Monmouth on March 25 and spent most of his time in the downtown taverns.
At the end of March, Speck and some Monmouth acquaintances on a bar-hopping trip to Gulf Port, Illinois were detained overnight by police there after Speck reportedly threatened a man in a tavern restroom with his knife.
On April 3, Mrs. A week later, Mary Kay Pierce, a year-old barmaid who worked at her brother-in-law's tavern, Frank's Place in downtown Monmouth, was last seen leaving the tavern at a.
She was reported missing on April 13, and her body was found that day in an empty hog house behind the tavern, having died from a blow to her abdomen that ruptured her liver.
Speck had frequented Frank's Place, and the empty hog house was one of several he had helped build in the preceding month, so Monmouth police briefly questioned him about Pierce's death when he showed up to collect his final carpentry paycheck on April 15 and asked him to stay in town for further questioning.
When police showed up at the Christy Hotel on April 19 to continue their questioning of Speck, they found that he had left the hotel a few hours earlier carrying his suitcases and saying he was just going to the laundromat, but had instead left town.
A search of his room turned up a radio and costume jewelry that Mrs. Virgil Harris had reported missing from her house as well as items reported missing in two other local burglaries in the past month.
On April 19, , Speck returned to stay at his sister Martha's 2nd-floor apartment at N. Avondale Ave. Speck told them an unbelievable story about having to leave Monmouth after refusing to sell narcotics for a "crime syndicate" there.
Gene Thornton, who had served in the U. Navy, thought the U. Merchant Marine might provide a suitable occupation for his unemployed brother-in-law, so he took Speck on April 25 to the U.
Coast Guard office to apply for a letter of authority to work as an apprentice seaman—the application required being fingerprinted, photographed and having a physical examination by a physician.
Speck found work immediately after obtaining a letter of authority, joining the member crew of Inland Steel's Clarence B.
Randall , an L6-S-B1 class bulk ore lake freighter, on April Speck's first voyage on the Clarence B. Randall was brief—he was stricken with appendicitis on May 3—and was evacuated by U.
Coast Guard helicopter to St. After he was discharged from the hospital, Speck returned to stay with his sister Martha and her family in Chicago to recuperate.
On May 20 he rejoined the crew of the Clarence B. Randall on which he served until June 14 when he got drunk and quarreled with one of the boat's officers and was put ashore on June For the following week, Speck stayed at the St.
Elmo, an East Side, Chicago flophouse at E. Ewing Ave. Speck then traveled by train to Houghton, Michigan, staying at the Douglas House, to visit Judy Laakaniemi, a year-old nurse's aide going through a divorce, whom he had befriended at St.
Joseph's Hospital. The NMU hiring hall was one block east of six attached two-story brick townhouses, three of which were occupied by South Chicago Community Hospital senior student nurses and Filipino exchange registered nurses, eight of whom lived in the easternmost townhouse at E.
On Friday, July 8, , his brother-in-law Gene drove Speck to the NMU hiring hall to pick up his seaman's card and register for a berth on a ship.
By Monday, July 11, Speck had outstayed his welcome with his sister Martha and her family, and after packing his bags and again being driven by his brother-in-law Gene to the NMU hiring hall to await a berth on a ship, Speck stayed that evening at Pauline's rooming house, a mile away at E.
Speck did not have enough money for a rooming house, so he dropped off his bags six blocks east at the Manor Shell filling station at S. Torrence Ave.
On Wednesday, July 13, after picking up his bags and checking in at the NMU hiring hall angry at being sent to a non-existent assignment, Speck talked for thirty minutes in their car with his sister Martha and her husband Gene who had driven down to visit him at 9 a.
At a. Avenue N, an East Side, Chicago rooming house. Speck spent the rest of the day drinking in nearby taverns before accosting at knifepoint Ella Mae Hooper, a year-old woman who had spent the day drinking at the same taverns as Speck.
Speck took her to his room at the Shipyard Inn, raped her, and stole her black. It was functioning as a dormitory for several young student nurses, some of whom were Filipinos.
Armed with only a knife the Illinois Supreme Court opinion recounting the facts of the case reports that the defendant appeared at the door of the townhouse holding a gun — he raped then killed the young women, including Gloria Davy, Patricia Matusek, Nina Schmale, Pamela Wilkening, Suzanne Farris, Mary Ann Jordan, Merlita Gargullo, and Valentina Pasion.
Speck, who later claimed he was high on both alcohol and drugs, may have originally planned to commit a routine burglary.
Speck held the women in the house for hours, methodically leading them out of the room one by one, stabbing or strangling them to death, then finally raping and strangling his last victim, Gloria Davy.
Only one woman, Cora Corazon Amurao, escaped because she managed to wiggle under a bed while Speck was out of the room with one of his victims.
Speck may have lost count, or he may have known there were eight women living in the townhouse but had been unaware that a ninth student nurse was spending the night there.
Amurao stayed hidden until almost 6 AM. When she emerged, she climbed out of her northeast bedroom window onto a ledge screaming, "They're all dead!
All my friends are dead! Lieutenant Emil G. He compared and identified a smudged fingerprint that was found at the murder scene to another provided by the FBI, which belonged to Richard Speck.
Buhrke found a better fingerprint on a door at the scene. Two days after the murders, Speck was identified by a drifter named Claude Lunsford.
Speck, Lunsford and another man had been drinking the evening of July 15 on the fire escape of the Starr Hotel at W. On July 16, Lunsford recognized a sketch of the murderer in the evening paper and phoned the police at PM after finding Speck in his Lunsford's room at the Starr Hotel.
The police, however, did not respond to the call although their records showed it had been made. Speck then attempted suicide, and the Starr Hotel desk clerk phoned in the emergency around midnight.
At the hospital, Speck was recognized by Dr. LeRoy Smith, a year-old surgical resident physician, who had read about the "Born To Raise Hell" tattoo in a newspaper story.
The police were called, and Speck was arrested. Concerns over the recent Miranda case that had vacated the convictions of a number of criminals meant Speck was not even questioned for three weeks after his arrest.
Felony Court Judge Herbert J. Paschen appointed an impartial panel to report on Speck's competence to stand trial and his sanity at the time of the crime.
The panel comprised three physicians suggested by the defense and three physicians selected by the prosecution: five psychiatrists and one general surgeon.
The panel's confidential report deemed Speck competent to stand trial and concluded that he had not been insane at the time of the murders.
While awaiting trial, Speck participated in twice-weekly sessions with part-time Cook County Jail psychiatrist, Dr.
Marvin Ziporyn. These continued after Speck's transfer from Cermak Memorial Hospital inside Chicago's House of Corrections on July 29, until February 13, , the day before Speck was transferred to Peoria to stand trial.
Ziporyn prepared a discharge summary that listed depression, anxiety, guilt, and shame among Speck's emotions, but also a deep love for his family.
It went on to note an obsessive-compulsive personality and a "Madonna-prostitute" attitude towards women.
Ziporyn maintained that Speck viewed women as saintly until he felt betrayed by them for some reason, after which hostility developed.
He also diagnosed organic brain syndrome, resulting from the cerebral injuries suffered earlier in Speck's life, and stated that he was competent to stand trial but was insane at the time of the crime due to the effects of alcohol and drug use on his organic brain syndrome.
Ziporyn did not testify for the defense or the prosecution as both sides were troubled to learn before the trial that Ziporyn was writing a book about Speck for financial gain.
Ziporyn also earned the ire of the Cook County Jail, which fired him as its part-time psychiatrist the week after Speck's trial ended.
At some point during his interviews with Speck, Ziporyn had obtained a written three-sentence consent from Speck authorizing him to tell "what I am really like.
Speck later claimed he had no recollection of the murders, but he had confessed the crime to Dr. Smith did not testify, because the confession was made while Speck was sedated.
Stamos, Cook County's state attorney when Speck was tried, knew of the hospital confession stated, " We had an eyewitness. In a film inmates made at the Stateville Correctional Center in , Speck recounted the deed.
Speck's jury trial began April 3, , in Peoria, Illinois, three hours southwest of Chicago, with a gag order on the press.
In court, Speck was dramatically identified by the sole surviving student nurse, Cora Amurao. When Amurao was asked if she could identify the killer of her fellow students, Amurao rose from her seat in the witness box, walked directly in front of Speck and pointed her finger at him, nearly touching him, and said, "This is the man.
Lieutenant Emil Giese testified regarding the fingerprints which were matched. He provided the scientific evidence the prosecution needed for conviction and with Amurao's testimony, placed the evidence against Speck beyond a reasonable doubt which persuaded jurors.
On April 15, after 49 minutes of deliberation, the jury found Speck guilty and recommended the death penalty. On June 5, Judge Herbert J.
Paschen sentenced Speck to die in the electric chair but granted an immediate stay pending automatic appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, which upheld his conviction and death sentence on November 22, False reports that Speck was XYY.
Getty agreed, a chromosome analysis was performed, and the results—showing Speck had a normal 46,XY karyotype—were reported to Getty in a September 26, letter, one month before a court-appointed panel of six physicians concluded that Speck was mentally competent to stand trial.
Telfer found five tall, developmentally disabled XYY boys and men in hospitals and penal institutions in Pennsylvania, and since four of the five had at least moderate facial acne, jumped to the erroneous conclusion that acne was a defining characteristic of XYY males.
In January , Getty contacted Telfer for more information on her findings and she not only incorrectly assumed the acne-scarred Speck was an XYY male, but leapt to the egregiously false conclusion that Speck was the archetypical XYY male.
In April , The New York Times introduced the XYY genetic condition to the general public for the first time, using Telfer as a main source for a three-part series on consecutive days that began with a Sunday front-page story.
The second story in the series, "Ultimate Speck appeal may cite a genetic defect", incorrectly reported that a chromosome analysis of Speck by Chicago geneticist Eugene Pergament in the summer of had shown Speck to be an XYY male.
The third story in the series included a denial by Pergament that he had done a chromosome analysis of Speck, but continued to incorrectly report that a chromosome analysis had shown Speck to be an XYY male.
The following week, a Time article using Telfer as a main source reported that "Richard Speck is said to be one such" man with two Y chromosomes and a Newsweek article using Telfer as a main source reported that "according to some doctors" Richard Speck "exemplifies the XYY type" and that "His chromosomes have in fact been analyzed, but his lawyer will not reveal the results of the test.
In May , after reading news stories about Speck being an XYY male, a dumbfounded Engel contacted Getty and learned that the news stories were false—other than Engel's September chromosome analysis which had shown Speck to have a normal 46,XY karyotype—no other chromosome analysis of Speck had been done.
Engel performed a second chromosome analysis of Speck in June and the results—again showing Speck had a normal 46,XY karyotype—were reported to Getty in a July 3, letter, three weeks before Getty filed his page brief in Speck's appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.
In November , five days before the Illinois Supreme Court's decision on Speck's appeal, a Sunday front-page article in the Chicago Tribune that again used Telfer as a main source, reported that prison records showed that blood samples were taken from Speck in Stateville prison in June to determine whether he was an XYY male, and that Getty had confirmed that a chromosome analysis had been performed outside of Illinois, but refused to disclose the results.
On November 25, , three days after the Illinois Supreme Court upheld Speck's conviction and death sentence, Getty held a press conference at which he outlined the basis of his forthcoming appeal to the U.
Supreme Court and also made public the chromosome analysis results from Engel showing Speck to have a normal 46,XY karyotype. In September , Engel published his account of the story and a photograph of Speck's normal 46,XY karyotype in the American Journal of Mental Deficiency , but by then the false association of Speck with the XYY genetic condition had been incorporated into high school biology textbooks, college genetics textbooks and medical school psychiatry textbooks, where misinformation still persists decades later.
On June 28, , the U. Supreme Court citing their June 3, decision in Witherspoon v. Illinois upheld Speck's conviction but reversed his death sentence, because more than potential jurors were unconstitutionally excluded from his jury because of their conscientious or religious scruples against capital punishment.
The case was remanded back to the Illinois Supreme Court for re-sentencing. Georgia , the U. Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional, so the Illinois Supreme Court's only option was to order Speck re-sentenced to prison by the original Cook County court.
On November 21, , in Peoria, Judge Richard Fitzgerald re-sentenced Speck to to 1, years in prison 8 consecutive sentences of 50 to years.
He was denied parole in seven minutes at his first parole hearing on September 15, , and at six subsequent hearings in , , , , , and While incarcerated at the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois, Speck was given the nickname "birdman", after the film Birdman of Alcatraz because he kept a pair of sparrows that had flown into his cell.
He was described as a loner who kept a stamp collection, listened to music, and whose work within the prison involved bars and walls.
His contacts with the warden included requests for new shirts or a radio or other mundane items. Speck customarily refused all media requests, but granted one prison interview to Bob Greene in ; Speck told Greene that he read Greene's column in the Chicago Tribune.
In this interview, Speck confessed to the murders for the first time publicly and said he thought he would get out of prison "between now and the year ," at which time he hoped to run his own grocery store business.
He told Greene that one of his pleasures in prison was "getting high. I'm freakish. Speck said that when he killed the nurses he "had no feelings," but things had changed: "I had no feelings at all that night.
They said there was blood all over the place. I can't remember. It felt like nothing I'm sorry as hell. For those girls, and for their families, and for me.
If I had to do it over again, it would be a simple house burglary. Speck's "final thought for the American people" was: "Just tell 'em to keep up their hatred for me.
I know it keeps up their morale. And I don't know what I'd do without it. In May , Chicago television news anchor Bill Kurtis received video tapes from an anonymous attorney that had been made at Stateville Prison in Showing them publicly for the first time before a shocked and deeply angry Illinois state legislature, Kurtis pointed out the explicit scenes of sex, drug use, and money being passed around by prisoners, who seemingly had no fear of being caught; in the center of it all was Speck, performing oral sex on another inmate, sharing a huge pile of cocaine with an inmate, parading in silk panties, sporting female-like breasts allegedly grown using smuggled hormone treatments , and boasting, "If they only knew how much fun I was having, they'd turn me loose.
From behind the camera, a prisoner asked Speck why he killed the nurses. If you're asking me if I felt sorry, no. The same airing of Investigative Reports included interviews with people who believed that Speck was not taking hormones, wearing panties, etc.
Speck's death: autopsy and funeral. Speck died of a heart attack at a. December 5, , one day before his 50th birthday, at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet.
He had been taken to Silver Cross after complaining of chest pains and nausea at Stateville Correctional Center. After Speck's death, Dr.
Jan E. Leestma, a neuropathologist at the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery, performed an autopsy of Speck's brain. Leestma found apparent gross abnormalities.
Two areas of the brain — the hippocampus, which involves memory, and the amygdala, which deals with rage and other strong emotions — encroached upon each other, and their boundaries were blurred.
Leestma made tissue section slides and presented them to others, who agreed that his findings were unusual. There was no further analysis, however; the tissue samples were lost or stolen when sent to a Boston neurologist for further study, and Leestma's findings were inconclusive.
John R. Hughes, a neurologist and longtime director of the Epilepsy Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a colleague of Leestma, examined photos of the tissue in the s along with brain wave tests performed on Speck in the s.
Hughes stated, "I have never heard of that [type of abnormality] in the history of neurology. So any abnormality that exceptional has got to have an exceptional consequence.
After Speck died, his body was not claimed. Duane Krieger, Will County coroner when Speck died, said that he had talked to Richard Speck's sister: "She said they were afraid people would desecrate the grave if they had him buried out there.
Speck was cremated. The ashes were scattered in a location known only to Krieger, his chief deputy, a pastoral worker and Joliet Herald News columnist John Whiteside, who has since died.
All witnesses swore to keep the location, a "pastoral" and "an appropriate location" in the Joliet area, secret. A film, entitled alternately Born For Hell and Naked Massacre , is a direct retelling of the Speck murders, except that the locale is Northern Ireland.
In , a movie called Speck was made about the case. Photographs of the eight nurses Speck murdered were the basis of Eight Student Nurses , a painting series by German artist Gerhard Richter.
In , the movie Chicago Massacre retold the events of the nine student nurses that were held hostage and the eight that were murdered.
The film 10 to Midnight starring Charles Bronson parallels the Speck Murders, in that a man enters the home of several student nurses and systematically kills them while one, who was hiding under a bed, escapes.
The book Project X , the main character, Edwin, when asked who is his hero, replies that it is Richard Speck.
Canadian punk group The Viletones have a song titled Richard Speck. Wesley Willis had a song about and entitled Richard Speck.
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New York: Bantam Books. Nash, Jay Robert New York: M. Evans and Co. Bachmann, Patrick producer, writer ; Smith, Harry narrator. Judy Dykton decided to get some early morning studying done for a neurology exam.
Steamy July weather had forced Judy to run her fan for days. She switched it off and heard a sound like an animal crying outside. Ignoring it, she decided to do some laundry before hitting the books.
Downstairs she turned on the washer then headed back upstairs to study. Once more she heard something. This time she thought it sounded like a child crying out.
She pulled open the blinds and saw a woman across the street at , perched on a ledge. Judy pushed open the window and heard Cora's tearful cry.
Snatching her robe, Judy ran to Cora Amurao, crouched on the window ledge, was shaking and crying. Judy entered the open door of the townhouse and stepped into the living room.
She found Gloria Davy nude, her hands tied behind her, a strip of cloth knotted so tightly that a roll of skin puffed over the cloth around her neck, her head hanging from the couch, her skin a dusty blue.
She fled to the town house of the housemother, Mrs. Bisone, yelling, "There's trouble in 19! The housemother woke her other student nurses and ran from the house toward , Leona Bonczak trailing behind.
Cora jumped from the foot ledge and stood on the front stairs, frozen between the horror in the house and the outside world.
Leona and Mrs. Bisone arrived on the scene. Leona touched Gloria Davy on the couch and said. She didn't. Slowly Leona mounted the stairs and looked down the hall.
In the bathroom she found a body. No answer. Another dead classmate. She crept into the other two bedrooms where she found the rest of the students drenched with so much blood that she was unable to recognize all of them except for Nina Schmale.
A pillow covered most of her face, but she could see it was Nina. She lay on her back, hands tied behind her, legs spread for all the world to see, a knife wound in her heart, a tight cloth around her neck.
Cold, numb with the reality that eight of her fellow students were dead, Leona walked downstairs. Bisone was waiting. She told her not to go up, that everyone was dead, and there's nothing that can be done.
Bisone grabbed the phone, shaking, sick, called South Chicago Community Hospital and told them all her girls had been murdered.
When the hospital asked who had been killed, she told them she was unable to tell them, the only thing she said was "I need help.
Someone flagged down Officer Daniel Kelly, a young patrolman who had only been on the job 18 months. He radioed in that there was trouble, then entered the house.
Inside, he was shocked to learn that he knew Gloria Davy. He had dated her sister in the past. Upset, he drew his gun, searched the house and found the other bodies.
Kelly ran outside to his car radio. He was making the rounds to the different police stations to see if anything was happening.
Past midnight, July 14, he had gone to a house fire he heard over the radio. It turned out to be nothing. Around a. While driving back, he heard something on his zone radio.
He had city wide, but this call was coming in on the zone radio. Oh, my God, I dated her sister! Oh, my God, I never seen nothing like this!
Oh gimme the sergeant Oh, God. Now Joe was talking to the radio asking where, what address, just like the dispatcher, knowing something had happened.
He could feel it right in the pit of his stomach Finally, the cop said, "I'm at East th Street. Dispatcher said, "Fine He pulled up in front of , grabbed his tape recorder, jumped out the mobile unit, and ran toward the cop.
There was no one else on the street. Bisone, Leona, and Judy were trying to calm down Cora inside Joe noticed that Kelly was going in circles.
He had his cap on backwards, his shirt tail hung over his pants, his face red, his eyes darting all over the place.
I'm not a policeman I'm a police reporter Joe opened the door, stepped inside and saw the body of a white female that was murdered.
He went back out and walked up to the cop again and said, "Say, you've got a homicide in the living room. Joe went back in and looked for the stairs.
He went up to the second floor, looked down the hall and turned right. It was still dark, the sun had begun to rise. He walked down the hall.
To his right, he saw bodies inside the bedroom, their skin a sickly ochre. A little further down the hall, he saw another bedroom with three more bodies and said.
He turned to go down stairs, passed a bathroom and found another body inside. That made seven upstairs and one downstairs. Then, he saw a bloody handprint on the bedroom door.
He leaned close and he could see fingerprints. He turned around to go back downstairs and he saw a screen pulled out.
Joe passed through the living room, took one last look at the body, then went outside and vomited.
He returned to the policeman and asked, "What's that noise? Joe ran up to the townhouse door and looked in. A man was giving a petite Asian woman a shot in the arm as she sat on the couch crying.
That girl will never be the same again. Joe ran back to his mobile unit, grabbed his two-way radio, called the station.
I'm on the southeast side. We got a mass murder out here. Which meant the story would be in the six a. He had been on the scene for about six minutes.
He cued, then reported, "Eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital found stabbed to death I'll have more in my next report.
He didn't know why. From the hallway, he could hear sirens screaming through the streets, comfortable that more help was coming.
He checked the rooms again, turned to head back downstairs and heard a funny sound, like squish, squish, squish.
He looked down, saw blood on the rug so thick it pooled up over his soles hitting the top of his shoes. The blood had moved from the two bedrooms into the hallway.
Disgusted, he left the townhouse and threw up again. In all his years working the combat zones of Chicago , he had never seen such brutality, even covering an airplane crash with bodies everywhere.
It's expected to see bodies at a plane crash, not eight young women butchered in their own beds. Police arrived and saw Joe vomiting. They started yelling, "Hey, Joe, what's the matter, can't take it?
You must be getting old. Several hours later, Frank Flannagan, commander of the citywide homicide unit, took Joe aside and said.
Leave the particulars out Joe agreed. Outside, the streets filled with cops. People ran from house to house alerting their neighbors. It was a.
Jack Wallenda -- related to the Flying Wallendas - -was the first detective on the scene. The big powerful man with a soft-spoken voice was shocked at the cruelty of the killings.
Slowly, methodically, he viewed the bodies one by one. First, Gloria Davy, nude, belly down on the couch, a strip of sheet tied with double knots -- knots that looked too perfect, too professional.
He noticed what appeared to be semen between her buttocks. Buttons from her blouse were strewn over the stairs. The killer had torn them off her while walking her down the stairs.
Tossed on the floor, a size , white BVD T-shirt was found. Wallenda checked the upstairs bedroom and found the body of Pamela Wilkening, gagged, stabbed through the heart.
Near her, Suzanne Farris, lying face down in a pool of blood, a white nurse's stocking tied around her neck.
Wallenda counted 18 stab wounds to her chest and neck. Next, Mary Ann Jordan, Suzanne's close friend, lay on her back, stabbed three times in the chest, once in the neck, and eye.
He moved on to the northwest bedroom where he found Nina Schmale, her night gown hoisted to her breasts, the same strips of sheet tied around her neck with the two characteristic knots.
Stab wounds formed a ritualistic pattern -- although superficial -- around her neck. At closer examination, her neck appeared to be broken.
Under a blue cover, he found Valentina Paison, 24, face down, her throat cut bisecting her voice box. Thrown over her like a broken doll, lay Merlita Gargullo, body face-up, stabbed and strangled.
Wallenda walked through the door to his right. The legs of Patricia Matusek protruded from the bathroom -- on her back, hands bound behind her, strangled with a piece of bed sheet, double knotted, her nightgown rolled up over her breasts, her white panties rolled down showing her pubic hair.
It looked like she was kicked in the stomach. Bloody towels all over the bathroom floor. Although an experienced detective, Wallenda knew this was the worst crime he had ever seen.
Josephine Chan, director of Nursing, was brought in the townhouse, but could only recognize three of the victims: Gloria Davy, Patricia Matusek, and Pamela Wilkening.
Eight patrol wagons drove up. The housed sealed, the crime lab technician went to work. The cops fanned out and hit the streets around the area.
They figured only someone who knew the area could be involved, since the nurse residence was not highly visible.
Cora had given the description of the killer: six feet tall, blond hair, lbs. Wielosinski spoke to an attendant at a gas station nearby, a regular hang out for the area's shady characters.
He remembered hearing about a guy - from one of the managers - that left his bags at the station two days before, complaining about missing a ship and losing out on a job.
The team also checked out the Merchant Marine Union Hall on th Street , walking distance from the townhouse.
Shoving their way through the crowd that had formed in front of the union hall, the team questioned the agent. The agent did not recall anyone with that description.
Back to the gas station, they again questioned the attendant making him call Dick Polo, the manager, at home, waking him from his sleep. He told them he, indeed, held two bags for a tall blond guy with a heavy southern drawl.
Yes, the guy told him he had missed his ship, so Polo sent him to a rooming house on 94th and Commercial. Now, the cops hit the flophouses and the hour taverns in the area.
Wielosinski knew the South Side like the back of his hand. The shadier area was a mere mile from the death scene, easily accessible by foot.
More cops joined, forming two teams that canvassed the neighborhood. Nothing turned up. Wielosinski went back to the Union Hall, sure there was another lead.
A bell struck when the agent remembered an irate seaman who lost out on a double booking - two guys sent for one job, a common practice dealing with the alcohol-addled seamen.
Dumping the wastebasket, he fished out a crumpled assignment sheet. He remembered the guy had a southern accent, in fact, he could barely understand him.
The assignment sheet read, Richard B. Wielosinski got the file of the seaman from the union hall records. Speck matched the description perfectly from the gas station manager.
They also checked with the department to see if Speck had a record. Nothing showed up locally. Speck arrived at Pete's Tap around a.
From his belt hung a inch hunting knife. Not the knife used in the killing, Speck didn't feel a bit anxious showing it off.
A month earlier, Speck pawned his jewel watch for some booze. Now with a few bucks on him, he bought the watch back from Ray Crawford, the bartender.
Then he asked Crawford to put the hunting knife behind the bar. Comfortable, Speck began to spin a tall tale about his time in Vietnam.
How he used the knife to kill several people there. Speck, at one point, reached behind the bar, got the knife, then sneaked behind the bartender, put his left arm around his chest and held the knife at his throat.
He told Crawford, this is the way he'd kill someone if he had to. Crawford, angry and not impressed, read him the riot act.
Speck, with his southern charm, claimed it was just a big joke. William Kirkland, a regular at the bar, bought the knife from Speck.
He told Kirkland he purchased the knife from a vet aboard ship. In reality, the knife was given to Speck by his brother-in-law, Gene Thornton. The drunken duo traipsed across the street to another bar, the Soko-Grad, and continued to drink.
It was there that Speck for the first time heard that there was a survivor from the massacre. Turning to Kirkland , he said, "it must have been some dirty motherfucker that done it.
He hooked up with another drinking buddy, Robert R.Speck erklärte, dass er zum Zeitpunkt der Morde "keine Gefühle hatte", aber die Dinge sich geändert hatten: "Ich hatte Die Perfekte Welle Film dieser Nacht überhaupt keine Gefühle. Als ihn die Traumhaus Am Meer verhören will, verlässt er fluchtartig die Stadt. Juni verurteilte Richter Herbert J. Mehr zum Thema. Der jährige Speck wurde wegen Fälschung und Einbruch Spiderman Serie 2019 und zu drei Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt. Arthur Gatter. So tötete er eine Kellnerin, die seine Annäherungsversuche nicht erwidert hatte, eine jährige Frau beraubte und ermordete er. Todpendelte bis Jahre. Daher bestand die einzige Walera des Obersten Gerichtshofs von Illinois darin, Speck vom ursprünglichen Gericht in Cook County erneut zu einer Mord Mord Nord zu verurteilen.