Unspeakable Times

The Horrifying Murders Of The Chicago Ripper Crew

The Chicago Ripper Crew murders shocked and terrified the city of Chicago, IL, in 1981 and 1982. Four men - ringleader Robin Gecht, Edward Spreitzer, and brothers Andrew and Thomas Kokoraleis - were suspects in the kidnapping, assault, and torture of 18 women.

The men claimed to be part of a satanic cult, and the women were the victims of dark and horrific rituals. They were part of a much larger movement in the 1980s known as the Satanic Panic. America experienced a wave of fear surrounding anything occult, and although most of the scares were false alarms, the Ripper Crew was all too real.

Two of the four men remain in prison for life, one without the possibility of parole and one unlikely to live long enough to see his parole date. The third was the final person executed in the state before Illinois ended its use of capital punishment, and the fourth is eligible for release.