The Crime Of The Century: Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation

May 10, 2016|
The Crime Of The Century: Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation by Dennis L. Breo
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"One of the finest true crime books ever written…. This book hits you like a locomotive, detailing how Speck''s crime shattered our innocence….Go out and buy The Crime of the Century as soon as possible."—Rick Kogan, author, Everybody Pays

On July 14th, 1966, Richard Franklin Speck swept through several student nurses’ townhouse like a summer tornado and changed the landscape of American crime. He broke in as his helpless victims slept, bound them one by one, and then stabbed, assaulted, and strangled all eight in a sadistic sexual frenzy. By morning, only one young nurse had miraculously survived. The killer was captured in seventy-two hours; he was successfully prosecuted in an error-free trial that stood up to appellate scrutiny; and the jury needed only forty-nine minutes to return a death verdict.

Here is the story of Richard Speck by the prosecutor who put him in prison for life with a brand-new introduction by Bill Kunkle, the prosecutor of the infamous John Wayne Gacy Jr.

In The Crime of the Century, William J. Martin has teamed up with Dennis L. Breo to re-create the blood-soaked night that made American criminal history, offering fascinating behind-the-scenes descriptions of Speck, his innocent victims, the desperate manhunt and massive investigation, and the trial that led to Speck’s successful conviction.
Dennis L. Breo is an author, a journalist, and the former national correspondent of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). His cover story on the Speck murders, published in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, won an award for exemplary journalism from the Chicago Headline Club. His work has also appeared in Parade, P...
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Title:The Crime Of The Century: Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:576 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.2 in
Shipping dimensions:576 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.2 in
Published:May 10, 2016
Publisher:Skyhorse
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781510708860

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