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Are prisons turning into nursing homes?
His first victim was Josephine Ross, 43, stabbed in the throat. He next shot 33-year-old Frances Brown in the head, stuck a knife all the way through her neck, then uncapped a tube of the dead woman’s lipstick and scrawled this anguished message on her living-room wall: for heavens sake catch me before i kill more i cannot control myself.
The police and newspapers now had a nickname: the Lipstick Killer. But before they had a suspect, there was a third murder: six-year-old Suzanne Degnan was kidnapped from her second-story bedroom in Edgewater. Later that day, her head was found floating in a sewer basin. The girl’s arms, legs and torso later surfaced elsewhere in the sanitary system.
Five months later, William Heirens, a 17-year-old University of Chicago student from Lincolnwood, was charged with the murders and sentenced to three consecutive life terms. By the time he died last March, Heirens had spent nearly 66 years in jail—eight months short of the record for the longest prison sentence in American history….