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The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murder of Eight Student Nurses

Breo, Dennis L.; Martin, William J.

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ISBN 10: 0553560255 / ISBN 13: 9780553560251
Published by Bantam Books, New York, 1993
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Octavo in black cloth boards in black dust jacket; illus.: 16 p. of plates; 462 p. Very scarce in cloth. Out of print. Very good(++) copy in very good DJ. Wear and closed tears to DJ around edges corner nand spine though DJ is in one piece with some tape securing some of the tears; faintest wear to edges of boards; light soiling to rear board; light brown liquid discoloration to rear top DJ corner, rear DJ flap and top corner of rear paste-down page; light rippling to last few pages from same liquid; else very nice copy; pages are fine, bright and free of marks and creases; plates are clean; binding is tight and square. Bookseller Inventory # 84035

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Title: The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and ...

Publisher: Bantam Books, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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On July 14, 1966, Richard Franklin Speck murdered eight student nurses in their quiet Chicago town house. 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 barbarity of the attack shocked a nation and opened a new chapter in the history of American crime: mass murder.

Here is the never-before-told story of Richard Speck by the prosecutor who put him in prison for life.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, offerning 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. In 1991 Richard Speck died of a heart attack in prison, but the horror of his crime still haunts the conscience of a nation.

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"They are all dead! My friends are all dead! Oh, God, I'm the only one alive!" Chicago, 1966: a drifter from Texas named Richard Speck broke into a small townhouse one hot summer night. He tied up nine student nurses, then methodically raped and killed eight of them, one after another. One of the roommates, a tiny Filipino woman, hid under a bed for hours, and survived to crawl out a window the next morning and scream for help. The Cook County coroner, having surveyed the carnage, said to a gathering crowd, "It's the crime of the century." After Speck died in jail, 25 years later, the prosecuting attorney for the case (Bill Martin) and the journalist who won an award for his coverage of the crime (Dennis Breo) teamed up to write this brilliantly crafted book. A bizarre murderer, a spunky heroine, a stormy period in U.S. history, fascinating legal maneuvers, a dramatic trial, and sensitive treatment of human suffering--The Crime of the Century brings it all together for a classic of true crime reporting.

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