REMEMBERING THE 8 NURSES IN 1966 CHICAGO MASSACRE

© Curtis Thatcher Assoc. handout photos The eight nurses killed by Richard Speck on July 14, 1966, in Chicago. From top left are, Gloria Davy, Suzanne Farris, Merlita Gargullo, Mary Ann Jordan, Patricia Matusek, Valentina Pasion, Nina Jo Schmale, and Pamela Wilkening
© Curtis Thatcher Assoc. handout photos The eight nurses killed by Richard Speck on July 14, 1966, in Chicago. From top left are, Gloria Davy, Suzanne Farris, Merlita Gargullo, Mary Ann Jordan, Patricia Matusek, Valentina Pasion, Nina Jo Schmale, and Pamela Wilkening

On July 14, 1966 eight young nurses were killed in a Chicago townhouse by a man who became notorious: Richard Speck. These murders made Richard Speck famous with the release of  books, documentaries and countless news stories.  A 2007 film called “Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck” were dedicated to the so-called crime of the century. Meanwhile, the women he murdered were labeled as victims and their names largely forgotten except by the people who loved them.

As the 50th anniversary of these gruesome murders approaches, the Chicago Tribune released a feature covering the lives of each of the victims. Among them were Filipino nurses, including the lone survivor of the heinous crime.

The article reopen the lives of the women whose names have been overshadowed by their killer’s. It provides a glimpse of who they were and how their deaths have marked the people who remain to remember them.

The eight nurses in July 14, 1966 Chicago massacre are:

Nina Jo Schmale

Patricia Ann Matusek

Pamela Lee Wilkening

Mary Ann Jordan

Suzanne Bridget Farris

Valentina Pasion

Merlita Gargullo

Gloria Jean Davy

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