Richard Speck captured the nation's attention during the summer of 1966 after murdering eight female students who lived together on Chicago's South Side. Before then, he had been responsible for other acts of violence against his family and others but had a knack for escaping the police. After his killing spree in 1966, a manhunt ensued and he was captured two days later. He spent the rest of his life in prison until he died of a heart attack in 1991 at age 49.
The Crime of The Century -- Richard Speck and The Murder of Eight Student Nurses. On July14, 1966, Richard Franklin Speck murdered eight student nurses in their quiet Chicago town house. He broke in as the helpless victims slept, bound them one by one, and then stabbed, assaulted, and strangled all eight. By morning only one young nurse had survived. The attack shocked the nation and opened a new chapter in the history of American crime: mass murder.