Leopold and Loeb

Nathan Freudenthal Leopold, Jr., (November 19, 1904 – August 29, 1971) and Richard Albert Loeb (June 11, 1905 – January 28, 1936), more commonly known as "Leopold and Loeb", were two wealthy University of Chicago law students (with undergraduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan, respectively) who murdered 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks in 1924 and were sentenced to life imprisonment.

The duo were motivated to murder Franks by their desire to commit a perfect crime. Once apprehended, Leopold and Loeb retained Clarence Darrow as counsel for the defense. Darrow’s summation in their trial is noted for its influential criticism of capital punishment and retributive, as opposed to rehabilitative, penal systems.

Leopold and Loeb have been the inspiration for several works in film, theater, and fiction, such as the 1929 play Rope by Patrick Hamilton and Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film of the same name.

Read more about Leopold And LoebEarly Lives, Murder of Robert Franks, Trial, Prison and Later Life, In Popular Culture

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