The Crime of the Century by Dennis L. Breo
Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation

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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.

About Dennis L. Breo

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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, People, Chicago Magazine, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times. This is his fifth book. He lives in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.William J. Martin graduated from Loyola University School of Law. He was sworn in as an Illinois assistant state’s attorney in 1962. He was twenty-nine years old when assigned to the Speck case. After leaving the state’s attorney’s office, Bill became the director of prosecution and defense graduate programs in criminal law at Northwestern School of Law and taught law at Newberry Library and Rosary (now Dominican) College. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
Published May 10, 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing. 576 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crime. Non-fiction