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The Chicago Rippers
The Chicago Rippers
Robin Gecht (second from left), 30, a former employee of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, and three other men, teenage brothers Andrew (far left) and Thomas Kokoraleis (second from right) and Edward Spreitzer (far right), 21, formed a satanic cult and gang called The Chicago Rippers that is suspected in the 1981 and 1982 disappearances of as many as 18 women. One victim, a teenage prostitute they had left for dead, was able to give a description of her attackers, which led to their arrest. Once in custody all but Gecht confessed to the murders and to having removed one breast from each sacrificial victim, having taken turns raping the open wound, having masturbated onto the breast, chopped it up and eaten it while Gecht read verses from The Satanic Bible.

Though the others were willing to implicate Gecht, investigators were never able to definitively connect him to the murders. He was sentenced to 120 years in prison for kidnapping, rape and mutilation of the prostitute. Andrew Kokoraleis and Edward Spreitzer received the death sentence for their roles in the strangulation murder of Lorraine Borowski, 21, a secretary whose mutilated body was found in a cemetery. Andrew Kokoraleis was executed in 1999. Spreitzer's death sentence was commuted in 2003. Thomas Kokoraleis received a life sentence and may be released on September 30, 2017.

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