Richard Benjamin Speck, who lived from December 6, 1941 to December 5, 1991, was an American mass murderer who systematically tortured, raped, and murdered eight (8) student nurses from the South Chicago Community Hospital in July 1966.

Speck was sentenced to death, but that sentence was later overturned due to issues with jury selection at his trial. Speck died of a heart attack after 25 years in prison. Because Speck's sister feared that his grave would be desecrated, Speck was cremated. His ashes were scattered in a secret location in Joliet, Illinois .

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