Nancy Bishop Langert, Richard Langert & Baby







See Nancy’s story on CBS 48 Hours and on  DISCOVERY: Investigations 

Nancy and Richard were wonderful people, full of life, love, and friends. They had a very bright future. They are pictured here on the happy day in 1990 that they found out they were expecting their first baby. Nancy’s glow was only to last a few months.

Richard was 28 and Nancy was 25 and so happy to be having their first baby.

Their killer brutally shot Richard execution style point blank in the back of his head with a .357 magnum, and then turned the gun on Nancy. She cowered in the corner of her basement floor, begging for the life of her unborn child by holding her arms over her pregnant abdomen.

“Please don’t kill me, please don’t kill my baby” she begged, but the killer fired directly into her belly. Later autopsy revealed that the bullet hit the young baby and exploded it completely. Even the gender of the child could not be determined, depriving us of even the ability to bury the child with the name Nancy had chosen for her boy or girl baby.

The killer fled and left her there to die. He reported to friends that he just “wanted to see what it would feel like to shoot someone.” He had plotted the murders for weeks, picked them because their home was directly across from the police station, and he could brag about what he did just under the noses of the local police.

As she lay dying, Nancy managed to take her finger and draw with her own blood a heart and a “u” – her last act in life was to tell us that she loved us.

Her final words of love have been a transformative force – not only for her family and friends, but for many who have heard about how she chose to spend her last moments of life on this earth. She got the last word that night.

Their killer was four weeks shy of his 17th birthday, at which point he would be tried as an adult for all crimes in Illinois. He was certified and tried as an adult, and duly sentenced to three life without parole sentences that he is currently serving in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  The killer did not act on impulse. He was not acting under peer pressure. He knew it was completely illegal and horrifically evil. He was not on drugs. He was not mentally ill or deficient in any way. He reported doing it later for the “thrill of it”. He attempted to murder his own parents prior to killing Nancy and Richard. He threatened a mass murder at a bank after their murders. Only a life sentence interrupted this serial killer in the making. He continues to this day to be an unrepentant and dangerous sociopath. Our communities deserve to be safe from him. Sadly, he is one of those few people that has lost the right to ever walk among us again.

Pictured are two beautiful blooming trees we planted at the Winnetka Community House in their memory, and there is a statue for children to play on in our Kenilworth Union Church garden in their names.

We hope that our greatest tribute to Nancy and Richard’s loving lives is our work for safer communities, for violence prevention, for Restorative Justice, and to help other victims of crime. Nancy’s final words are a message to us all.

See Jennifer, Nancy’s sister, discuss the JLWOP issue on YouTube. And read this article Jennifer has written on the issue in 2011.

Memorial Trees

16 Responses to Nancy Bishop Langert, Richard Langert & Baby

  1. jbjenkins says:

    From the Victims Memorial main page – a comment from Susan Snediker says:
    December 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm (Edit)
    Nancy Bishop Langert was a school/church mate of mine. Her parents and family are well-known throughout our village as a kind and loving family. In 1990, Nancy and her husband, Richard, were expecting their first baby when a local teen, 17-year old, David Biro, under what surely were illusions of grandeur, not to mention, insanity, calculatingly broke into their condo, and lying in wait, shot them, ending all three of their lives. Biro had even gone to their funeral, and bragged casually about the cold-blooded killing to friends later on.
    He was sentenced to life without parole and sits in an Illinois prison today.
    Some people might say he was, ” just a child”, when he committed this heinous crime. Some say that the teenage brain doesn’t fully mature until sometime in the early twenties.
    Some even say he was mentally-ill and therefore was a victim of his own device.
    All three are true, and all three have absolutely nothing to do with the cold and calculated way in which this killer took the lives of three innocent people off of this earth and the simple fact that he did.
    The Bishop and Langert families have been to hell and back. They were robbed of their inherent right to love, enjoy, and grow old with Nancy, Richard and their unborn child. They had their devastating days in court. They were dogged by the media, who were desperately looking for a “Hollywood-Movie-Of-The-Week” type spin to this crime. They endured a funeral and a burial with the finality of knowing that in the blink of an eye, the; sister, brother, son, daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew, they loved, were gone forever. Each of them faces some sort of “anniversary-of ” during the year when it comes to birthdays missed, or holidays never spent with. And of course the perpetual, “D-Date”. The forever death date of their beloved.

    David Biro can eat and sleep. He can read and watch TV. He can communicate with his family and breathe and turn his face to the sun, or not. He has opti0ns.
    The Langerts, do not.
    Their right to life was taken the moment this killer decided to end their lives.

    To allow this criminal the opportunity to qualify for parole under the guise that he was a juvenile when he committed this crime, is unequivocally wrong. Biro murdered three innocent people; that is a fact. He slowly planned the murders and then sat back and watched their grief-stricken families and friends as they numbingly faced their days and lives without their loved ones by their sides.
    To ask the victims’ families to face a yearly parole hearing is like asking them to relive each and every painful moment of the past. To ask them to then have to face the killer, listening to him plead his case, and spend precious time and energy trying to figure out why in the world anyone would ever consider letting this monster go free, when the facts are what they are, is ludicrous. David Biro is a psychotic, cold-blooded, killer. He was found guilty of the crimes he committed and sentenced justly.
    The fact also, that he was a juvenile when he committed these crimes, should not ever have any connection whatsoever, to his crime.

  2. jbjenkins says:

    Thank you Susan for this support! Just one clarification: the offender was not mentally ill in any way. Sociopath, yes. But definitely in full possession of his faculties.

  3. Reading this has refreshed my memory, I do remember hearing about this crime in the news. Have you read and books by FBI profiler John Douglas? He has spent much time studying these type of offenders and says they always start when young, usually puberty. Not all start off killing but do have a history of antisocial behavior at this age. This guy Biro I have no doubt would kill again once released…it is what he is. Gary Ridgeway, the Greenriver Killer, killed over 40 or 50 women over the years and tried to kill the first time when he was 16 or 17. Just because there are teens when they kill no consideration should be made simply because of their age, after all that is when many serial killers start. The fact we keep them in prison is actually saving lives…it is what they are!

  4. Geoff says:

    I’m glad to see the comments supporting the Bishops and Langerts, an also the support to keep Biro in prison. A murderer is a murderer, they can’t just wash their hands an be done with it. They should never be released from prison, as they are a danger to society. This man, Biro, seems to be the poster-child, if you will, for keeping teen murderers away from society, away from innocent people, and away from our families.
    My mother was best friends with Nancy, going through highschool together, an staying in touch through college. My father and mother were good friends with her husband also. They often went out for dinners, and always met up whenever they could, just to talk. Their murders deeply affected their families, friends, and communities, and the damage done will never be repaired.
    My family and their friends speak so highly of them, and I feel so sorry that I never could have met them…
    Prison and punishment are said not to make psychopaths better people, but no “cure”, medical or psychological, has ever been deemed successful. On top of that, a psychopath is 2.5 times as likely to be released from prison than an non-psychopathic prisoner… That seems to do more harm than good!!! Why should people who have no empathy and no emotional attachment be allowed to roam free when they seek to “push the limits” and “see how far they can go”, often ending in harm to people, mentally and physically? This man Biro should never be released from jail.

  5. Geoff says:

    And I agree with JBJenkins, putting the families through the parole hearings every year is horrendous. It’s almost as though he is using his parole hearings to continue his psychopathic reign of terror over these peoples lives. He seems to use them to “feel in contoll”, which he unfourtunatly is…
    Although the parole hearings are allowed under the justice system, he should not be able to use them the way he does. Take away his ability for parole. A triple homicide in cold blood should not include the ability to ask for parole, regardless of age.

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  7. truthteller0691 . says:

    When you see the interviews with these nuts, monsters, lunatics, whatever you call them- How could anyone possibly think that letting these animals back into society is a good idea? Every one of these murderous bastards blames anyone and anything but themselves. They all got so “innocently caught up” didn’t they?

  8. Barren Lewis says:

    I hope he burns in hell
    He never should be allowed to see the sun or smell the grass, and his parents deserve some of the blame too? I know that nancy and Richard and their child are together in the afterlife and they would want us to forgive David but I can’t he is a monster and monsters are evil and real.

    • DitchDiveDiva says:

      And apparently, his father still visits him in prison every two weeks. He doesn’t deserve even that.

  9. Sadly, this sociopath offender remains, 25 years later, highly motivated by his own self-importance and publicity. As he awaits his resentencing hearing in Illinois, brought about by the Miller Supreme Court ruling, he is loving the attendant attention. Jennifer and Joyce Bishop are confident he will receive life again, but resent that he is still in our lives all these years later. Taking our time. Being an issue at all. What we want is legal finality – never to have to see or hear from this man again.

    • mamax3 says:

      I was watching kids behind bars tonight, and that was how i heard of this horrendous act. I am a mother, and very close in age to nancy, and a mother as well. I cant even imagine the pain, loss and helplessness she may have been feeling in those last moments. My heart breaks to hear of this, and for no reason. My prayers are with you, jennifer and family, and i would willingly give you my strength when you go through these useless court precedings that waste of skin killer is creating. As a mother i couldn imagine losing my child like that and im so sorry that you werent even able to find out the gender. I guess the silver lining if this can even be called that is creating this organization to help victims and their families. Again, im so sorry this evil touched your lives.

  10. lakotahope says:

    What is prison really for? It is for punishment and to rehabilitate those who broke the law. 16 year old teens can get life in prison, but they cannot vote, purchase a firearm nor can they drink alcohol….but where is an individual an adult or too young to not be capable to be rehabilitated. Mandatory sentences are immoral and anti American….Simply it removes common sense from Judges and their discretion…..meaning our loudest, most stupid law makers are making a sentence for All Judges, who see all the presented evidence and still cannot make a reasonable sentence…..Maybe, mandatory parole hearings would be good..

    • Except that my sisters killer is a diagnosed sociopath and serial killer who continues to threaten those who help convict him

    • mamax3 says:

      Are you not taking into consideration the vile act commited? just because he wasnt legally an adult doesnt mean he didnt know what he was doing. And people go on about how they are to young and what not but what about teens that get emancipated? they are deemed old enough to live on their own. So why dont you think before typing, and look at all aspects, and put yourself in the victims shoes, or the family of the victim? think really hard how you would feel and what you would want if it were you shot in cold blood, or your children, or even your parents. THEN say something and if you still think rehabilitation is a good thing, then your wiring is messed up.

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