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The Crime of the Century

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  100 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 462 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Bantam
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♥ Marlene♥
Apr 01, 2008 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
I give it a 9 out of a 10.
Kevin McGrath
Nov 02, 2016 Kevin McGrath rated it liked it
Well written and a very thorough account of the murder, trial preparation & trial. Also includes context of the mood & culture of the country and Chicago area in 1966.

Negatives: Extremely dark subject particularly early in the book when the murders are explained in horrifying detail. The content on trial preparation (while very interesting in the grand scheme) seems to go on forever. Additionally, reading about this sad affair wears on you after a while.

Positives: Very thorough. Goes int
Nov 24, 2016 Studvet rated it really liked it
4 stars because it presents the facts and crime so well and so clearly and in such detail that nothing is left out. The walking thru of the lead - up to the crime, the crime itself, and the immediate after are brilliantly fine and cruel clear. However, as a general read it is a 3 stars stylistically as so much could have been edited and is sentimental clap-trap. The author always gives short descriptions of the look and manner of each character and what they are eating, etc, and ascribes ...more
Oct 21, 2016 Miya rated it it was ok
I'm a big fan of true crime, but this one was too boring to finish. Too much unnecessary information inserted into the chapters, as well as so many characters (most of whom weren't pertinent to the case) that I could no longer remember who was who. The author even interrupts the scene of the actual murders to talk about the mnemonic the neighboring nurses were using to help study for exams. It's as though the author had a short manuscript and inserted these interjections to fluff up the page ...more
Oct 29, 2016 Nikki rated it it was ok
One true crime story is much like the others.
Jill Meyer
May 10, 2016 Jill Meyer rated it it was amazing
On June 15, 1966, I was living in a northern suburb of Chicago. The evening paper and the news channels were alive that night - and for days after - about a gruesome, horrible crime on Chicago's southwest side - the murders of 8 student nurses in their townhouse/dorm, the night before. Even in the age before 24/7 news and the internet, the murders by demented loner Richard Speck were news all summer, and later on for his trial. How had one man - armed with a knife - subdued and sexually tortured ...more
Kimberly Wells
Jan 06, 2016 Kimberly Wells rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
When I think of the infamous Speck murders, it never occurred to me that the trial would be anything more than a formality. After all, one of the most famous aspects of the case is the nurse that was able to hide and later identify her friends murderer. However, in this very interesting account of the trial, the lead prosecutor and co-author give an insiders glimpse not only into the murders and the manhunt, but into all of the things that could have gone wrong while getting to the verdict. In ...more
Miranda Lynn
Did Not Finish.

Eh. I had a weird craving for some true crime, but after about 15% of this, that was fulfilled, so I decided to put it down. Plus, after that amount of time, the detailing of the crime itself and everything that led up to it was already finished. I wasn't super interested in reading about the following legal battle that I'm sure was about to happen, so I just kind of stopped reading.
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