Robin Gecht

Demographic Info

Member of the Chicago Rippers; Member of the Ripper Crew18MaleCaucasianUSATerritorialGroup Cause, Sexual1953 (Menard, IL, USA)n/a


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Robin Gecht was born in Menard, Illinois in 1953.

Gecht is known to be the leader of a gang named The Chicago Rippers in Chicago, Illinois. The murder series is thought to have begun on May 23, 1981. The gang consisted of Gecht, Edward Speitzer, Andrew Kokoraleis and Thomas Kokoraleis. Gecht. victims. After the murder of a victim, different members would stab the victim and usually remove either one or both breasts from the body. Some victims had the wounds raped, while others were masturbated on. They would save the breasts for when they would return home where each of the members would masturbate into the breast while reading passages from “The Satanic Bible”. After they were finished they would cut the breasts into pieces and eat them.

The gang would usually choose to abduct prostitutes and murder, though the gang made a few exceptions. Many of the victims were stabbed to death, but some members of the gang claimed that Gecht shot a number of his victims to death. Most of the bodies were left in dumpsters and were known to decompose very quickly because of their large wounds.

On November 5, 1982 the Chicago Rippers were arrested. Gecht maintained his innocence throughout the investigation and the trial. Nearly all other members of the gang stated that Gecht was involved in the murders, but there was nothing to physically tie him to the murders. He was charged with attempted murder, rape, deviate sexual assault, aggravated battery and armed violence and sentenced to 120 years in prison. It is still believed by many that Gecht was the main leader of the Chicago Rippers.

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Victim Studies 011: Robin Gecht

on February 8th, 2012 in Serial Killers, Victim Studies, Victimology by | 1 Comment

Robin Gecht was not found guilty of committing any murders, but was found guilty of attempted murder, rape, deviate sexual assault, aggravated battery and armed violence in the United States. Although Gecht was not charged with murder, he is suspected have murdered at least 7 people and to have been…

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Episode 022: Mutilation, Part 1

on March 25th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by | 4 Comments

Listener Lalith asks: “What is the significance of mutilation pre and post death? Why do some killers mutilate the face while others only the genitalia?” She actually asked this question intending it to be part of last week’s Questions and Answers episode, but I thought it was meaty enough for…

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Victims of Robin Gecht

on January 1st, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Robin Gecht is thought to have been the leader of a gang that was responsible for the murders of eighteen people. We currently have information on ten of his alleged victims. Linda Sutton Linda, age 21, was murdered around June of 1981. Unidentified Woman A woman, age 35, was murdered…

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