349. “Why is Richard Speck looking over my shoulder, that’s my question.”

The episode:Space Travelers,” ep. 401

The riff: Inserted by Joel after a testy Gregory Peck asks a reporter “What’s your question?

The explanation: They’re referring to the squirrely, big-foreheaded guy behind the reporter, who bears a resemblance to American mass murderer Richard Speck. A longtime troublemaker with a “born to raise hell” tattoo, he murdered eight young student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital on July 14, 1966. He later claimed to have no memory of the events, and served decades of sentence at Stateville Prison in Joliet, IL. He died in prison of a heart attack in 1991.

Novelty factor: When I first heard the name, it didn’t mean anything to me. However, reading about the grisly details of the case, I came to remember having read about this guy before. It’s an unusually grim riff from the MST3k gang.

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