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

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2017
18 hours 28 minutes
On July 14th, 1966, Richard Franklin Speck swept through a quiet Chicago townhouse like a summer tornado and stabbed, strangled, and killed eight young nurses in a violent sexual rampage. By morning, only one nurse, Corazon Amurao, had miraculously survived, and her scream of terror was heard around the world. As the eight bodies were carried out of the small building, the coroner, who had seen the carnage up close, told a gathering crowd: 'It is the crime of the century!'

Now, the prosecutor who put Speck in prison for life (William J. Martin) and the author and journalist who won an award for his coverage of the crime (Dennis L. Breo) have teamed up to recreate the blood-soaked night that opened a new chapter in the history of American crime: mass murder. Corazon Amurao, the nurse the killer left behind, confronted Speck at trial and told jurors, 'This is the man!' Richard Speck was spared execution by Supreme Court rulings and here is the inside story of how he confessed to the murders in a sordid prison video made three years before his death of a heart attack in 1991. And here is the life today of the nurse who survived the crime that murdered American innocence.
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Taylor G.

This book goes into excruciating detail about the investigation and court case as well as background of Speck and the Nurses which sounds desirable at first blush, but I wound up skipping ahead several times out of boredom with the sheer minutia of it all. Some of the descriptions of the POC involved are a little uncomfortable, borderline micro-aggressive in nature and they’re all tied to the sections of text meant to humanize Specks victims which was unfortunate. The narrator- other than some issues with pronunciation of words clearly unfamiliar to her- is outstanding! I generally hate when narrator use bad accents but honestly the soft drawl she gives Speck really elevates the quotes of his she’s reading. It’s nothing over the top, but just the soft husky southern accent really drives home some key bit of the killer’s psychopathy and at points was truly chilling to hear. I was grateful she didn’t attempt Tagalog accents though as it was clear from the rest of her narration that she is not personally immersed in the culture. TLDR: Would highly recommend the narrator, but the book may be best reserved for use as research/source material for other media rather than an interesting read for the true crime buff.

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Paula S.

Very well written

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very indepth. I really enjoyed it.

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