Hey 12 step, there are a few of us that know the details, and you are right if anyone needed killin it was him. Glad to hear you and your mother are doing well. I was sorry to hear about your grandfather.
Thank you for the responses. I was bored at work and for some reason decided to google my mothers name. I have never known of literature existing about the case and I am looking forward to reading it. Always remember that there is a story behind the story in every case, no matter how grisly it may seem! By no means was what she did acceptable, but she was not in her right mind, I assure you that.
Speck's jury trial began April 3, 1967, in Peoria, Illinois, three hours southwest of Chicago, with a gag order on the press. In court, Speck was dramatically identified by the sole surviving student nurse, Cora Amurao. When Amurao was asked if she could identify the killer of her fellow students, Amurao rose from her seat in the witness box, walked directly in front of Speck and pointed her finger at him, nearly touching him, and said, "This is the man."
Lieutenant Emil Giese testified regarding the fingerprints which were matched. He provided the scientific evidence the prosecution needed for conviction and with Amurao's testimony, placed the evidence against Speck beyond a reasonable doubt which persuaded jurors.
On April 15, after 49 minutes of deliberation, the jury found Speck guilty and recommended the death penalty. On June 5, Judge Herbert J. Paschen sentenced Speck to die in the electric chair but granted an immediate stay pending automatic appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, which upheld his conviction and death sentence on November 22, 1968.
Do you know what ever became of Todd Gorsuch? He killed his sister and her friend at the age of 14 near Brimfield back in 1970. I have read that they let out to attend school but know nothing of him since 1976