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The Ripper Crew
Transcript of The Ripper Crew
Beliefs and Rituals
The Chicago Rippers believed that by sacrificing women Satan would choose them as his followers and spare them on Judgement Day. The Chicago Rippers believed that Gecht had connection to the dark one, which allowed him to communicate with evil itself. This imaginary communication caused the group members to not only respect Gecht, but to also fear him and his dark powers. This fear gave Gecht complete control over his three associates.
The Rippers would gather in Gecht's attic and perform different satanic rituals. These rituals usually consisted of the gang members masturbating into the severed breasts while Gecht read from the Bible. The gang would then cut up the breasts and eat them.
The main ritual associated with the Ripper Crew is the process in which each woman was raped and murdered. The men would grab the woman, tie them up in their van, rape and assault the woman, sever the left breast pre-mordem, then proceed to kill the woman by means of strangulation or beating her to death. They would then dump the body in a dumpster, at a construction site, or in the stairwells of apartment buildings.
Analysis of Cult Behavior
Gecht had a real ability to draw others to him and get them to do his bidding. No matter how sick or disturbing it was, he inspired others to get involved. When Gecht was 30, he met Edward Sprietzer, 21, and the teenaged Kokoraleis brothers, Andrew and Thomas. All three were easily led by a charismatic personality. Robin Gecht fits the definition of a psychopath to a T. A psychopath is a person afflicted with a personality disorder characterized by a tendency to commit antisocial and sometimes violent acts and a failure to feel guilt for such acts. With Gecht psychopathic ways and fear instilled in his associates they were able to rape and kill over 18 women.
Robin Gecht, the leader of The Chicago Rippers recieved 120 years of jail time for being found guilty in the attempted murder and raper of prostitute Beverly Washington, despite being the only one to not confess. Edward Sprietzer was given the death sentence but is now serving a life sentence following his confession. Andrew Kokoraleis was sentenced the death penalty and was executed on March 16, 1999. Thomas Kokoraleis was sentenced to 70 years in prison after confessing to being involved in the murder of Lorraine Borowski. His release date was changed to 2017 due to over rulings in his case.
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The Chicago Rippers
The Chicago Rippers was a satanic cult and organized crime group composed of Robin Gecht, who once worked for the serial killer John Wayne Gacy, and his three associates Edward Spreitzer and brothers Andrew and Thomas Kokoraleis. The four are suspected in the disappearances of 18 women in Chicago, Illinois in 1981 and '82.
The Chicago Rippers were composed of four men, Robin Gecht, the leader, Edward Sprietzer and brothers Andrew and Thomas Kokoralies. The men, who were in their early twenties at the time of the murders, followed into the notorious trend that swept through the country in the late 1970's and early '80's, practicing satanic worship. They are suspected to have killed at least 18 women, including Carol Pappas, wife of Chicago Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas. The men would abduct women, gang rape them and then by using anything from a can opener to a piano wire would cut off the left breast and then kill the women. There are many occasions in which the men admit to eating the severed breast or placing it in a trophy case next to the altar in the attic of Robin Gecht's home. It was in Gecht's attic that they would perform their satanic rituals.
Robin Gecht, the suspected leader of the Ripper Crew is the only member of the group to not have confessed to committing any kind of crime. Many experts claim that Robin Gecht's pervision began at a very young age. Gecht is believed to have molested his sister in his teens. Gecht became heavily obsessed with Satanism, which caused him to often read out of Bibles and Satanic Bibles. Gecht is rumored to be very charismatic, controlling, and persuasive. It was through this persuasion that Gecht was able to create the Chicago Rippers.