I was living in Chicago on July 14, 1966, when Richard Speck broke into a group apartment and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital. According to reports, Speck had come to the door of the apartment, armed with a handgun and a knife, and had forced his way inside. There he found seven female nurses. After making them empty their purses, he bound their arms and legs with strips of material torn from their bedsheets. At this point, two other student nurses returned to the apartment, and tried to flee when they saw what was happening. But Speck caught them and stabbed and strangled them to death. Then he returned to the room where the seven women were tied up, and he began to take them, one-by-one, to different rooms where he raped and murdered each of them, except for one, who was able to squeeze her body under a bed and hide from him. Speck had apparently lost count, and he left the apartment, thinking he had killed them all. The lone survivor provided identifying information to the police, and Speck was captured, tried, and convicted.
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