Leopold and Loeb

Frederick, Brian J ORCID: 0000-0003-0653-5957 and Fradella, Hank (2012) Leopold and Loeb. In: The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encylopedia. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 1005-1006.

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On September 10, 1924, Nathan Freudenthal Leopold, Jr. (November 19, 1904–August 29, 1971), and Richard Albert Loeb (June 11, 1905–January 28, 1936) were convicted of the kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Robert “Bobby” Franks. Franks's death was particularly shocking, in part because of its randomness, but also because the murderers had no motive other than to satisfy their obsession with committing the “perfect crime.” In light of these facts, the prosecution demanded the death penalty, which prompted the defendants’ families to retain Clarence Darrow, an outspoken foe of capital punishment. At the time of the murder, Leopold and Loeb lived in the wealthy, primarily Jewish neighborhood of Kenwood on Chicago's south side. They first met, however, while attending the University of Chicago in 1920.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Brian Frederick
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 10:41
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:25
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4107

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