We all love a good old action thriller typically involving serial killers and murder case mysteries, whether it was the horrific case of John Wayne or Ted Bundy, either way, both of these and similar stories guarantee to give us some spine-chilling reactions every time.
However, we often tend to overlook the reality that comes with these horrific stories. The fact that most serial killer based stories and movies stem from real-life events is devastating and mortifying. This case of murder makes no exception either.
Richard Speck was a man who killed several people during his lifetime but one particular murder case of his was the biggest ever of humankind.
That ultimately led to his inevitable death. Read more on Richard Speck, the American serial killer who left the nation’s eyes staring in horror as he manages to kill eight women in a single night. Learn about how he did it and what led him to committing this tragic incident.
The Traumatizing Childhood And Upbringing Of Richard Speck
Richard Benjamin Speck was a small town average boy home to Monmouth, Illinois. He was born in 1941 to two conservative, non-alcoholic parents.
Everything seemed fairly normal in this little boy’s life, but his life hit the rocks by the time he was six.
The year he was six in 1947, Speck’s 53-year-old father passes away from a heart attack. His mother remarries off to a traveling salesman possessing a long-standing criminal record, who was far from Speck’s crystal clear idol.
Speck was a victim of his step-father’s verbal abuse that required him to move back and forth in the poor neighborhoods of East Dallas, Texas. Speck remained as a broke student throughout school. He would not speak in class due to his anxiety and would refuse to wear his required glasses.
He had to repeat eighth grade before he finally became a high-school dropout in his first year. By this time, Speck adopted his step-father’s drinking habit and remained drunk throughout most of the day.
Speck underwent several jobs and went on to marry a 15-year-old girl he encountered at the Texas Fair State, with whom he had a son with soon after. The police also arrests Speck 41 times before reaching age 24. His tattoo “dorn to raise hell” was certainly his motto he aspired to live most of his life by.