Nathan freudenthal leopold, jr (november 19, 1904 - august 29, 1971) and richard albert loeb (/ˈloʊb/ june 11, 1905 - january 28, 1936), usually referred to collectively as leopold and loeb, were two wealthy students at the university of chicago who in may 1924 kidnapped and murdered. Leopold & loeb kidnapped and killed a boy from their affluent chicago neighborhood the victim, fourteen-year-old bobby franks, was a cousin of richard loeb's, but it could have been almost anyone as the two just wanted to experience the thrill of murder. Loeb's nineteen-year old partner in crime, nathan leopold, was interested in ornithology, philosophy, and especially, richard loeb like loeb, leopold was a child of wealth and opportunity, the son of a millionaire box manufacturer. the mystery of leopld & loeb on may 21, 1924, two nifty and wealthy chicago teenagers attempted to commit the perfect crime nathan leopold and richard loeb kidnapped 14-year-old bobby franks, bludgeoned him to death in a rented car, and then dumped the boy's body in a distant culvert.
From nathan leopold to richard loeb october 9th, 1923 dear dick: in view or our former relations, i take it for granted that it is unnecessary to make any excuse for writing to you at this time, and still am going to state my reasons for doing so, as this may turn out to be a long letter, and i don't want to cause you the inconvenience of reading it all to find out what it contains if you are. Nathan freudenthal leopold jr (november 19, 1904 - august 29, 1971) and richard albert loeb (/ ˈ l oʊ b / june 11, 1905 - january 28, 1936), usually referred to collectively as leopold and loeb, were two wealthy students at the university of chicago who in may 1924 kidnapped and murdered 14-year-old robert franks in chicago. Leopold and richard loeb confessed to it eg, edwin balmer, erotic age of depraved books is blamed by edwin balmer in franks brutal murder case, chi herald & exam'r, june 1, 1924, at 4.
The legend of leopold and loeb comes to life published by thriftbookscom user , 9 years ago despite the fact that bobby franks's grizzly murder took place in 1924, the subsequent trial of leopold and loeb has never let go of our collective imaginations. The original thrill killers leopold and loeb were part of the crime of the century killing of bobby franks the real-life inspiration for half a dozen books, movies, and plays, including bygone's next show, rope. Loeb said leopold did it and leopold blamed loeb darrow brought four leading psychiatrists, or alienists as they were called at the time, to chicago to examine leopold and loeb their testimony at the sentencing hearing was the cornerstone of the defense's case that the boys were mentally ill.
Caverly sentenced leopold and loeb to life in prison plus 99 years darrow's closing argument was published in several editions in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and was reissued at the time of his death. Loeb was killed in prison and leopold was released on parole in 1958 he died in puerto rico in 1971 background and early life murderer nathan freudenthal leopold jr was born on november 19, 1904, in chicago, illinois. Mytalkshowheroes - youtube - 0543 crime of the century 1989.
Loeb was the dominant personality, leopold the bottom there is a dramatization of their relationship in tom kalin's openly gay-themed 1992 film swoon their homosexual relationship figured heavily in the psychiatric testimony at the trial. On may 21, 1924, nathan leopold and richard loeb, two college students from a wealthy suburb of chicago, abducted and murdered 14-year-old bobby franks the crime was shocking enough, but their. Leopold was obsessed with the attractive loeb loeb, on the other hand, liked having a loyal companion on his risky adventures the two teenagers, who had become both friends and lovers, soon began committing small acts of theft, vandalism, and arson. Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the leopold-loeb case director: richard fleischer writers: in the real life case, his. Group portrait of nathan leopold jr, richard loeb and clarence darrow, defense attorney for leopold and loeb, in a crowded courtroom in chicago, during the leopold and loeb murder trial.
Leopold and loeb, two celebrated chicago murderers of 1924, who confessed to the kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old robert (bobby) franks for an intellectual thrill. The most comprehensive and most recent treatment of the leopold and loeb case can be found in simon baatz's new book, for the thrill of it: leopold, loeb, and the murder that shocked chicago (2008. Nathan leopold was in a bad mood that evening, on november 10, 1923, he had agreed to drive with his friend and lover, richard loeb, from chicago to the university of michigan—a journey of six. Leopold and loeb by dennis weiss loeb and leopold were sentenced to life in prison loeb was killed by another prisoner in 1936, and leopold was eventually.
Leopold and loeb were both sentenced to life in prison in 1924 loeb was murdered by another inmate in the shower on january 28, 1936 leopold was with him until the end, by his bedside as he died from his wounds in the prison hospital at age 30. On september 10, the court reconvened to hear judge caverly sentence leopold and loeb to life in prison for the murder of bobby franks and an additional 99 years for the kidnapping.
Narrator: leopold and loeb were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of bobby franks, plus 99 years for the kidnapping the verdict would provoke outrage across the country, and accusations that the defendants had bought their way out of the hangman's noose. Years of speculation by researchers about whether leopold or loeb originally hatched the murder plan have never turned definitive, but leopold's cruelty and lack of conscience, and loeb's fascination with crime and detective stories mean it easily could have been either. Nathan leopold and richard loeb were sons of chicago's jewish aristocracy, youths -- leopold was 19 and loeb 18 -- who had been denied little in life and who gave every evidence of having.