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Speck, Killer of 8, Loses Bid for Parole

September 10, 1987|Associated Press

CHICAGO — Richard Speck, who killed eight student nurses 21 years ago, was denied parole Wednesday in a ruling that prosecutors called "the only just decision for the rest of Speck's life."

The 10-member Illinois Prisoner Review Board voted unanimously to keep Speck behind bars at Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet, where he is serving eight consecutive sentences of 50 to 150 years. His next parole hearing was scheduled for September, 1990.

"We just hope that people don't forget us (in 1990) and cooperate, like they did now," said Joseph Matusek, the father of one of Speck's victims. Matusek is 80.

Last week, Matusek attended a parole hearing in which other relatives and former classmates of the slain women pleaded with the board to keep Speck in prison.

"Richard Speck can never repay his debt to society," state Atty. Gen. Neil Hartigan said in a statement responding to the parole board's decision.

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