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The Crime of the Century
English | 2016 | ISBN: 1510708863 | 400 Pages | EPUB | 8 MB
The story behind the attack that shocked a nation and opened a new chapter in the history of American crime.
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, a Florida author and journalist, is 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. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, his work has also appeared in Parade, People,Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Reader's Digest, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, News America Syndicate, and New York Times Syndicate. This is his fifth book, including Extraordinary Care, the anthology featuring exclusive interviews with physicians who provided the medical treatment of famous patients, including Adolf Hitler, Howard Hughes, Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, the Shah of Iran, Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, and many others.