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Title:
Leopold and Loeb : the crime of the century
Author:
Higdon, Hal.
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Uniform Title:
Crime of the century
Edition:
Illini books edition.
Publication Information:
Urbana, Ill. : University of Illinois Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
380 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780252068294
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Among the criminal celebrities of Prohibition-era Chicago, not even Al Capone was more notorious than two well-educated and highly intelligent Jewish boys from wealthy South Side families. In a meticulously planned murder scheme disguised as a kidnapping, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb chose fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks at random as their victim, abandoning his crumpled body in a culvert before his parents had a chance to respond to the ransom demand. Revealing secret testimony and raising questions that have gone unanswered for decades, Hal Higdon separates fact from myth as he unravels the crime, the investigation, and the trial, in which Leopold and Loeb were defended by the era's most famous attorney, Clarence Darrow. Higdon's razor sharp account of their chilling act, their celebrity, and their ultimate emergence as folk heroes resonates unnervingly in our own violent time.


Author Notes

Hal Higdon, a senior writer for Runner's World, is the author of thirty-one books, including The Union vs. Dr. Mudd, Boston, a Century of Running, and Falconara, a Family Odyssey.