‘Don’t kill my baby!’

Were these the last words of a preg­nant mur­der vic­tim or a warped teen’s sick hu­mour?

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The po­lice could find no real mo­tive

ASatur­day night in April 1990, and Nancy and Richard Langert had just re­turned from Nancy’s fa­ther’s birth­day party to their home in Win­netka, Illi­nois.

The birth­day wasn’t the only thing the hap­pily mar­ried cou­ple had to cel­e­brate.

Back in Jan­uary, Nancy, 25, had an­nounced that she was ex­pect­ing their first child telling friends, ‘we have ev­ery­thing go­ing for us, this is go­ing to be our year.’

In­stead, the young cou­ple fell vic­tim to a bru­tal crime that shocked the peace­ful com­mu­nity to its core.

For, on that Satur­day night, an armed in­truder had bro­ken into their town­house and was ly­ing in wait.

Hand­cuff­ing Richard, 28, he then shot him in the back of the head with a .357 Mag­num re­volver, and then turned the gun on Nancy.

She cow­ered on the floor in the corner of her base­ment, beg­ging for the life of her un­born child, hold­ing her arms over her tummy.

‘Please don’t kill me, please don’t kill my baby!’ she begged des­per­ately.

But the heart­less killer fired di­rectly into her belly.

An au­topsy later re­vealed the bul­let had hit the grow­ing baby, killing it in­stantly.

Nancy was shot again, the bul­lets hit­ting her in her side and el­bow.

Then the heart­less killer fled the scene.

The next morn­ing, when the cou­ple failed to turn up to church, Nancy’s fa­ther went to their home.

He dis­cov­ered their bod­ies, ly­ing, face up, in the base­ment. As she lay dy­ing, Nancy had man­aged to use her finger to draw with her own blood a heart and the let­ter ‘U’ on the floor.

She chose to spend her last mo­ments of life to tell her fam­ily that she loved them. The in­truder had ri­fled through Nancy’s bag and ripped boxes the cou­ple had been pack­ing for an up­com­ing house move.

But noth­ing had been taken, not even cash.

For six months, the po­lice tried des­per­ately to find leads, but kept hit­ting dead ends. There seemed no real mo­tive.

Richard had been a keen ath­lete, loved host­ing par­ties for fam­ily and friends, and Nancy had sung in the church choir and per­formed in the com­mu­nity the­atre.

Who would want to mur­der such an in­no­cent, lovely cou­ple?

But, in Oc­to­ber, a stu­dent at the New Trier Town­ship High School, went to the po­lice with in­for­ma­tion.

His class­mate David Biro, 17, known for his sar­casm and per­verse hu­mour, had been brag­ging about how it was he who’d shot Richard and Nancy.

Biro was on the high school cross-coun­try run­ning team, skinny, with slicked-back hair and roughlook­ing tat­toos on his arms.

He was a loner, and suf­fered from men­tal health is­sues.

And he’d made out­ra­geous, far-fetched claims be­fore.

He’d pre­vi­ously told his fel­low stu­dents he was a hired as­sas­sin, a drug dealer and a street-gang mem­ber.

But this time, the po­lice took his claims se­ri­ously.

Es­pe­cially be­cause Biro had men­tioned de­tails of the mur­ders that had never been pub­licly re­leased.

He’d also been seen, wear­ing dark cloth­ing, near the mur­der scene on the night of the slay­ings.

The po­lice had been made aware of Biro three years be­fore, af­ter he’d al­legedly tried to poi­son his par­ents, along with his brother and sis­ter, with tainted milk.

He’d ended up in a psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal in Chicago.

The po­lice wasted no time in ar­rest­ing Biro, and found a glass cut­ter, hand­cuffs and a .357 Mag­num in his bed­room.

David Biro was charged with the first de­gree mur­der of Richard and Nancy Langert and with the in­ten­tional mur­der of their un­born child. In Novem­ber 1991, ap­pear­ing be­fore the Cook County

Cir­cuit Court, Biro de­nied the charges.

Tak­ing the stand in his own de­fence, he sen­sa­tion­ally claimed that an­other class­mate had com­mit­ted the mur­ders and con­fessed to him,

Biro claimed he’d agreed to hide the weapon, then said he’d gone to buy the hand­cuffs and glass cut­ter, so he could ‘re-cre­ate the mur­der’ in his mind for a ‘bet­ter un­der­stand­ing’ of what his friend had done.

Biro said that, piec­ing to­gether in­for­ma­tion from the killer’s con­fes­sion to him, along with news­pa­per re­ports, he’d been able to gather in­for­ma­tion about the mur­ders.

Biro ad­mit­ted that he’d boasted that he’d killed Nancy and Richard – but only in jest.

‘What­ever was said in those con­ver­sa­tions was said in a jok­ing man­ner,’ he tes­ti­fied. ‘I was try­ing to shock these peo­ple.’

But when New Trier Town­ship High School stu­dent

Phu Hoang took the stand, and de­scribed Biro’s so-called joke, it didn’t seem so funny.

Phu told the court that Biro had cut glass panes out of the Langert’s pa­tio doors and waited for them to get home. He de­scribed how the de­fen­dant had told him that Nancy had begged for her life of her un­born baby and Biro had ac­ci­den­tally fired a shot when sur­prised by a dog’s bark­ing.

Phu said Biro told him he of­fered to lock the Langerts in the base­ment and leave. But Nancy glimpsed his face and he’d felt he had no op­tion but to kill them.

A red note­book found in his room con­tained news ar­ti­cles about the mur­ders.

But the fact re­mained…there seemed no mo­tive what­so­ever.

No-one could prove Biro had ever met the Langerts, even though his par­ents were ca­su­ally ac­quainted with Nancy’s par­ents – and Biro had even ac­com­pa­nied his mother to the Langerts' fu­neral.

Had a sick joke landed this trou­bled teenager in the dock? Or was he re­ally a cold-blooded mur­derer?

‘i was try­ing to shock peo­ple’

The killer broke in through the pa­tio doors

Found in Biro’s room – the mur­der weapon

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