Book Review: The Townhouse Massacre

Title: The Townhouse Massacre: The Unspeakable Crimes of Richard Speck

Author: Ryan Green

Narrator: Steve White

Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Townhouse-Massacre-Audiobook/B082SM6S3K

Summary

“It just wasn’t their night.” (Richard Speck)

On the evening of July 13, 1966, an intoxicated Richard Speck broke into a townhouse at 2319 East 100th Street in Chicago to rob a group of student nurses. Speck woke the residents and ordered them into a room, calmly requesting money in exchange for their safety. The young women obliged. They believed that he was just going to take the money and leave, but Speck had other plans. 

He tied them all up with strips of bed linen and led one of the girls into a separate room to “talk alone”. The situation took a turn for the worse when two more resident nurses burst into the townhouse, surprising Speck in the act. What transpired in the following hours would grip the nation with fear and forever change the perception of society.   

The Townhouse Massacre is a chilling and gripping account of one of the most brutal and gruesome true crime stories in American history. Ryan Green’s riveting narrative draws the listener into the real-life horror experienced by the victims and has all the elements of a classic thriller.

Caution: This audiobook contains descriptive accounts of abuse and violence. If you are especially sensitive to this material, it might be advisable not to listen to this book.

My Review

5/5 Stars

Richard Speck is a very chilling figure. His descent into madness started as a general dislike against women that turned to an unholy loathing. The famous line “It just wasn’t their night” gives me chills. The thought that he could slaughter eight women in the span of a night and not feel a thing is a testament to the man’s insanity.

Very powerful true crime book as always.

Narration was spot on.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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