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Murderer in prison for fatal mistreatment of three women in the state park of Illinois to be released next week

“Starved Rock Killer,” 80, is released from prison next week after spending 60 years behind bars killing three grandmothers and brutalizing their bodies in the state park of Illinois

  • Chester Weger, 80, is known as the Starved Rock Killer after being accused of beating three women who were on vacation in a state park in Illinois in March 1960.
  • Weger was sentenced and sentenced to life in prison for the manslaughter of Lillian Oetting, 50, whose remains were found in St. Louis Canyon in Starved Rock
  • The bodies of Frances Murphy, 47, and Mildred Lindquist, 50, were also restored. Weger was not prosecuted for their death for his life imprisonment
  • He was finally released conditionally in November after making 24 requests for his release, but was postponed to ensure that he would not commit a sexual act
  • His evaluation under the State’s Sexual Violent Persons Commitment Act gave Weger permission to leave prison on February 21

Known as the Starved Rock Killer, who was accused of beating three women who were on vacation in a state park in Illinois in March 1960, the man will be released from prison next week after nearly 60 years of life imprisonment.

Chester Weger, 80, is said to have been released sooner after receiving conditional release in November, was postponed while being evaluated to ensure that he would not commit sexual assault on release from prison.

An evaluation commissioned by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul under the State’s Sexual Violent Persons Commitment Act has released Weger and is now expected to be released on February 21.

Chester Weger, 80, known as the Starved Rock Killer, accused of beating three women who were on vacation in a state park in Illinois in March 1960, will be released on February 21 after nearly 60 years of life imprisonment

Chester Weger, 80, known as the Starved Rock Killer, accused of beating three women who were on vacation in a state park in Illinois in March 1960, will be released on February 21 after nearly 60 years of life imprisonment

Weger, who suffers from asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, was the second longest serving prisoner in the prisons of the state of Illinois, the Chicago Tribune reports.

He was sentenced and sentenced to life imprisonment for assaulting Lillian Oetting, 50, whose remains were found along with the brutally beaten bodies of Frances Murphy, 47, and Mildred Lindquist, 50, in St. Louis Canyon in Starved Rock.

Weger was not prosecuted for the death of Murphy and Lindquist because he had already received a life sentence for the murder of Oetting, reports the Tribune.

Married, with a son, Weger had initially announced that he had murdered the three friends who were on a mini vacation in Starved Rock near Utica on March 14, 1960.

He said he had planned to rob them, but later returned the confession and has since maintained that it was enforced.

The body of a victim is executed in March 1960 from St. Louis Canyon in Starved Rock

The body of a victim is executed in March 1960 from St. Louis Canyon in Starved Rock

The body of a victim is executed in March 1960 from St. Louis Canyon in Starved Rock

The bodies of the three Riverside women were found in March 1960. Shaw Media Illinois reports that the case confused investigators until they found that the cord used to tie the female hands, matted rope from a spool in the kitchen of the Starved Rock Lodge binds.

The bodies of the three Riverside women were found in March 1960. Shaw Media Illinois reports that the case confused investigators until they found that the cord used to tie the female hands, matted rope from a spool in the kitchen of the Starved Rock Lodge binds.

The bodies of the three Riverside women were found in March 1960. Shaw Media Illinois reports that the case confused investigators until they found that the cord used to tie the female hands, matted rope from a spool in the kitchen of the Starved Rock Lodge binds.

The brutal bodies of the three victims were found in a cave in the state park after they had taken a walk during the day.

The case confused researchers until they found that the cord used to tie the woman’s hands corresponded to the rope of a spool in the kitchen of the Starved Rock Lodge.

The 21-year-old Weger was a dishwasher in the lodge and had a youth record.

Weger, depicted after the triple murders, had requested conditional release since 1972. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board voted 9-4 to approve Weger's 24th release request in November.

Weger, depicted after the triple murders, had been released conditionally since 1972. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board had voted 9-4 to approve Weger's 24th request for release in November.

Weger, depicted after the triple murders, had requested conditional release since 1972. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board had voted 9-4 to approve Weger’s 24th request for release in November.

Jury members sentenced him on March 3, 1961, his 22nd birthday, but only in the Oetting case. The panel refused to condemn him to death and opted for prison life.

The granddaughters of the killed women have publicly opposed his release together with the LaSalle County state attorney, the tribune reports.

His supporters, however, insist that he does not pose a threat to public security.

Guards at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center where he serves his life imprisonment, keep Weger to himself and cause no problems, officials of the conditional administration said.

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board had voted 9-4 to approve Weger’s 24th request for release in November.

He had requested conditional release since 1972.

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