In 33,624, kidnapping for ransom, it is the sentence of the court that you, nathan f leopold, jr be confined in the penitentiary at joliet for the term of 99 years the court finds your age at 19 in 33,624, kidnapping for ransom, the sentence of the court is that you, richard loeb, be confined in the penitentiary at joliet for the term of. When nathan leopold and richard loeb, two well-educated college students from a wealthy suburb of chicago, confessed to the brutal murder of 14-year-old bobby franks, the story made headlines. The trial became a media spectacle held at courthouse place, it was one of the first cases in the us to be dubbed the trial of the century  loeb's family hired 67-year-old clarence darrow — a well-known opponent of capital punishment — to defend the men against the capital charges of murder and kidnapping [14. Richard loeb (right) and nathan leopold (left) in 1924 source: german federal archives, bundesarchiv, bild 102-00652 / cc-by-sa the recent news of a bungled execution has again stirred debate over capital punishment, emotions running high between advocates and opponents of state executions. Leopold, loeb, morality and capital punishment amos lassen the perfect crime is a documentary about nathan leopold and richard loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924 to prove they were smart enough to get away with it.
Nathan leopold jr was half of the famed duo leopold and loeb, murderers of 14-year old bobby franks in 1924 on the south side of chicago life plus 99 years is an autobiographical work which commences with the day after leopold's sentencing, and which was designed to ingratiate the author with the parole board. Nathan leopold and richard loeb were, like ethan couch, young, rich and spoiled they also were jewish and gay their crime was far worse than crouch's: they planned and executed the murder of a child just for the fun or it, and to show that they could outsmart authorities. On june 6, 1924, nathan leopold and richard loeb were indicted by a grand jury for the kidnapping and murder of bobby franks as leopold and loeb's trial approached, citizens cried out for the death penalty.
4,614 pages of court documents, trial transcripts, and histories covering the trial of nathan f leopold and richard a loeb and the murder of bobby franks. American criminals nathan leopold jr (left) and richard loeb sit together in an office the two men were convicted for the kidnapping and murder of loeb's cousin, 14-year-old bobby franks. Nathan leopold's father was a retired millionaire box manufacturer richard loeb's father was vice president of sears, roebuck & company and also a millionaire. His arguments apparently convinced the trial judge john r claverly, and on september 10, 1924, nathan leopold and richard loeb were sentenced to life in prison for murder, plus 99 years for kidnapping.
In the chicago case, two brilliant young men, richard loeb and nathan leopold, on may 21,1924, lured 14-year-old bobby franks into their automobile and killed him believing they could commit a. 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. I, nathan f leopold, jr, being under no duress or compulsion, do hereby affirm and declare that on this, the 9th day of october, 1923, i for reasons of my own locked the door of the room in which i was with one richard a loeb, with the intent of blocking his only feasible mode of egress, and that i further indicated my intention of applying. A landmark in the fight against capital punishment in the us lessons of the 1924 leopold and loeb murder case by shannon jones 8 september 2001.
The trial of nathan leopold and richard loeb would be a contest between two charismatic individuals -- darrow, who had built his reputation by defending unpopular causes and crowe, the most competent and energetic state's attorney in a generation. On june 6, 1924, nathan leopold and richard loeb were indicted by a grand jury for the kidnapping and murder of bobby franks as leopold and loeb s trial approached, citizens cried out for the death penalty. The trial of leopold and loeb, at chicago's courthouse place, became a media spectacle, and the third—after those of harry thaw and sacco and vanzetti—to be labeled the trial of the century loeb's family hired clarence darrow , one of the most renowned criminal defense lawyers in the country and a staunch opponent of capital punishment.
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 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. Nathan leopold jr was the son of a wealthy retired box manufacturer richard loeb's father was a retired vice president of sears & roebuck and a multimillionaire. Leopold and loeb were remanded to illinois' joliet prison loeb was killed in 1936 by an inmate who slashed him with a razor, allegedly to resist loeb's sexual advances.
Nathan f leopold jr (1904 - 1971) and richard a loeb (1905 - 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. In 1924, in chicago, richard loeb and nathan leopold were two, brilliant teen-agers intent on demonstrating their nietzschean superiority over the masses after some small property crimes, they thought that a perfect major crime, committed without emotion or detection, would prove their status as ubermensch.