Leopold and Loeb

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Nathan Leopold

Nathan Leopold in Stateville Penitentiary, 1931
Born Nathan Freudenthal Leopold, Jr.
November 19, 1904(1904-11-19)
Chicago, United States
Died August 29, 1971(1971-08-29) (aged 66)
Puerto Rico
Cause Heart attack
Charge(s) Murder, kidnapping
Penalty Life + 99 years imprisonment
Status Deceased
Richard Loeb

Richard Loeb (left) and Nathan Leopold (right)
Born Richard Albert Loeb
June 11, 1905(1905-06-11)
Chicago, United States
Died January 28, 1936(1936-01-28) (aged 30)
Joliet, Illinois, United States
Cause Knife attack
Charge(s) Murder, Kidnapping
Penalty Life +99 years imprisonment
Status Deceased

Leopold and Loeb were Nathan Freudenthal Leopold, Jr. (November 19, 1904 – August 29, 1971)[1] and Richard Albert Loeb (June 11, 1905 – January 28, 1936).

They were two wealthy University of Chicago law students who kidnapped and murdered 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks in 1924 in Chicago.[2]

The duo was motivated to murder Franks by their desire to commit a perfect crime.

Once arrested, Leopold and Loeb hired Clarence Darrow as counsel for the defense. Darrow’s summation in their trial criticized capital punishment as retribution, rather than rehabilitation. Leopold and Loeb were sentenced to life imprisonment. Loeb was killed by a fellow prisoner in 1936; Leopold was released on parole in 1958.

The Leopold and Loeb crime has been the inspiration for several works in film, theatre, and fiction, such as the 1929 play Rope by Patrick Hamilton, and Alfred Hitchcock's take on the play in the 1948 film of the same name. Later movies such as Compulsion and Swoon were more accurate portrayals of the Leopold and Loeb case.

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