The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murder of Eight Student Nurses
The Crime of the Century
Covers of the editions by Bantam Books and Orion.
Author(s) Dennis L. Breo
William J. Martin
Alternate title(s) Screams in the Night
Published 1993
Publisher Bantam Books
Country United States
Pages 462
ISBN 9780553560251

The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murder of Eight Student Nurses is a book by Dennis L. Breo and William J. Martin, published by Bantam Books, New York City, NY, in 1993. It was also published under the title Screams in the Night by Orion, London, in 1994.


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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