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September 9, 1987 | United Press International
Mass murderer Richard Speck, sentenced to 1,200 years in prison for the rampage slayings of eight student nurses in 1966, was denied parole today by a unanimous vote of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. The decision was announced in a brief written statement and came without explanation. Speck, 46, who has served 21 years in prison, previously has been denied parole five times by the 10-member board. His next hearing was set for September, 1990.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2009
Jack G. Wallenda Key detective in Speck murders Jack G. Wallenda, 83, a Chicago homicide detective who played a leading role in the case that resulted in the capture and prosecution of mass murderer Richard Speck, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at his home in Chicago. Working the midnight shift, Wallenda took the biggest call of his career early on July 14, 1966. Eight student nurses had been murdered in a Chicago town house. A seasoned street cop, Wallenda quickly set about protecting the crime scene.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2009
Jack G. Wallenda Key detective in Speck murders Jack G. Wallenda, 83, a Chicago homicide detective who played a leading role in the case that resulted in the capture and prosecution of mass murderer Richard Speck, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at his home in Chicago. Working the midnight shift, Wallenda took the biggest call of his career early on July 14, 1966. Eight student nurses had been murdered in a Chicago town house. A seasoned street cop, Wallenda quickly set about protecting the crime scene.
NEWS
May 14, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
In a videotape secretly recorded in prison, the late mass murderer Richard Speck strips off his jumpsuit to reveal women's blue underwear. Along with another inmate, he snorts what appears to be cocaine, engages in sex acts and tells the camera how he's had the time of his life behind bars. "If they only knew how much fun I was having in here, they would turn me loose," Speck says.
NEWS
September 10, 1987 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
September 10, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The Illinois Prisoner Review Board today for the seventh time denied a parole petition for Richard Speck, convicted of the stabbing and strangling 24 years ago of eight student nurses--a case prosecutors said "shocked and dismayed the world." Board spokesman Joe Volpe said the petition was denied without comment and the case continued until September, 1993. Speck's parole petition drew more than 21,000 letters of protest.
NEWS
May 14, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
In a videotape secretly recorded in prison, the late mass murderer Richard Speck strips off his jumpsuit to reveal women's blue underwear. Along with another inmate, he snorts what appears to be cocaine, engages in sex acts and tells the camera how he's had the time of his life behind bars. "If they only knew how much fun I was having in here, they would turn me loose," Speck says.
NEWS
September 3, 1987 | Associated Press
Richard Speck belongs behind bars or in a grave for stabbing and strangling eight student nurses 21 years ago, a prosecutor argued Wednesday as a state panel considered whether to grant him parole. Taunting Notes "How ironic that on what should have been the 20th anniversary of his execution, he seeks a second chance for freedom. . . . He never gave those nurses a second chance," said Gayle Shines, an assistant Cook County state's attorney.
NEWS
December 6, 1991 | BOB SECTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Speck, a brutally methodical killer with "Born to Raise Hell" tattooed on one arm and the blood of eight student nurses splattered across his soul, died of a heart attack Thursday. He was 49 and had spent the last quarter-century in Illinois prisons.
NATIONAL
December 18, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
As Howard B. Unruh barricaded himself in his home against the police -- after finally running out of ammunition -- he got a call from an assistant city editor at a local newspaper who had looked up his phone number. “Why are you killing people?” asked the editor, Philip W. Buxton. “I don't know,” Unruh replied. “I can't answer that yet. I'll have to talk to you later. I'm too busy now.” It was 1949 in Camden, N.J., and Unruh had just killed 12 people and injured four others with a Luger pistol, including women and children.
NEWS
December 6, 1991 | BOB SECTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Speck, a brutally methodical killer with "Born to Raise Hell" tattooed on one arm and the blood of eight student nurses splattered across his soul, died of a heart attack Thursday. He was 49 and had spent the last quarter-century in Illinois prisons.
NEWS
September 10, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The Illinois Prisoner Review Board today for the seventh time denied a parole petition for Richard Speck, convicted of the stabbing and strangling 24 years ago of eight student nurses--a case prosecutors said "shocked and dismayed the world." Board spokesman Joe Volpe said the petition was denied without comment and the case continued until September, 1993. Speck's parole petition drew more than 21,000 letters of protest.
NEWS
September 10, 1987 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
September 9, 1987 | United Press International
Mass murderer Richard Speck, sentenced to 1,200 years in prison for the rampage slayings of eight student nurses in 1966, was denied parole today by a unanimous vote of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. The decision was announced in a brief written statement and came without explanation. Speck, 46, who has served 21 years in prison, previously has been denied parole five times by the 10-member board. His next hearing was set for September, 1990.
NEWS
September 3, 1987 | Associated Press
Richard Speck belongs behind bars or in a grave for stabbing and strangling eight student nurses 21 years ago, a prosecutor argued Wednesday as a state panel considered whether to grant him parole. Taunting Notes "How ironic that on what should have been the 20th anniversary of his execution, he seeks a second chance for freedom. . . . He never gave those nurses a second chance," said Gayle Shines, an assistant Cook County state's attorney.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
“Mad Men” returned to AMC Sunday night with a premiere that was criticized by some for being too slow - perhaps a touch ironic, given that the episode saw Don Draper and his colleagues ringing in 1968, a year that was anything but uneventful. As faithful viewers know, “Mad Men” frequently uses the historical to illuminate the personal.  In the climactic first-season episode, “Nixon v. Kennedy,” Don, a man of humble origins, faced a crucial challenge from Pete Campbell, born into the East Coast elite.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 1992 | Jane Galbraith \f7
Offbeat director John Waters ("Polyester," "Hairspray") might seem an unlikely candidate to write/direct a film in the ever-predictable "Female Psychos From Hell Who Kill" genre. Imagine if Waters--the man who made Patty Hearst a movie star in "Cry-Baby"--had been the director of "Single White Female." Instead of a Bridget Fonda/Jennifer Jason Leigh pairing, Waters' sensibility might have leaned to a Lola Falana/Joey Heatherton combo.
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