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The Resource For the thrill of it : Leopold, Loeb, and the murder that shocked Chicago, Simon Baatz, (overdrive ebook)

For the thrill of it : Leopold, Loeb, and the murder that shocked Chicago, Simon Baatz, (overdrive ebook)

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For the thrill of it : Leopold, Loeb, and the murder that shocked Chicago
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For the thrill of it
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Leopold, Loeb, and the murder that shocked Chicago
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Simon Baatz
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It was a crime that shocked the nation, a brutal murder in Chicago in 1924 of a child, by two wealthy college students who killed solely for the thrill of the experience. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb had met several years earlier, and their friendship had blossomed into a love affair. They believed themselves too smart for the police, but they were soon caught. They confessed, and the state's attorney announced that he had a hanging case. Set against the backdrop of the 1920s, a time of prosperity, self-indulgence, and hedonistic excess, this book draws the reader into a world of speakeasies and flappers, of gangsters and gin parties, when Chicago was a lawless city on the brink of anarchy. The rejection of morality, the worship of youth, and the obsession with sex had seemingly found their expression in this callous murder. But the murder is only half the story.--From publisher description
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For the thrill of it
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Documents the 1924 murder case of millionaire property developer's son Bobby Franks and the high-profile arrest and trial of his teenage killers, in an account that also offers insight into the psychological contest between the case's defense and state attorneys
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  • In 1924, Nathan Leopold, 19, and Richard Loeb, 18, both intellectually precocious scions of wealthy Jewish Chicago families, kidnapped and brutally murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks in an attempt to commit the “perfect” crime. Historian Baatz, of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, replays the crime (on which Meyer Levin’s 1956 novel Compulsion was based) from the killers’ point of view, detailing their intense, often sexual, relationship that culminated in the murder. But they left a crucial piece of evidence and eventually confessed to the murder. Clarence Darrow cleverly had the boys plead guilty to avoid a trial, and the legendary defense attorney went head to head with State’s Attorney Robert Crowe in a sentencing hearing before Judge John Caverly. Both sides trotted out psychiatrists to testify whether Leopold and Loeb were mentally ill. Darrow’s gamble paid off in life sentences. Loeb was murdered in prison in 1936; Leopold was eventually paroled in 1958. Baatz gives an acute portrait of the two murderers bound together in a web of fantasy, but his heavy reliance on novelistic techniques (“there!—he had done it”) and meandering pacing prevent this from being as convincing as his exhaustive research deserves. B&w photos. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 2, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 22, p39)
  • Baatz (history, John Jay Coll. of Criminal Justice, CUNY) breaks his fascinating narrative into two distinct Law and Order -type sections. He starts with the kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks, abducted while walking home from an afterschool baseball game. While it might be easy to dismiss the murderers—Nathan "Babe" Leopold Jr. and Richard "Dickie" Loeb—as bored rich kids, Baatz shows that there was much more to this story. They were precocious overachievers, already pursuing graduate studies before their 19th birthdays, and lovers whose relationship had a strange synergy: there was Loeb's obsession with committing the perfect crime and Leopold's fantasies of being a valued and valiant king's slave. Baatz details the trial, drawing on troves of material, including extensive newspaper coverage and court transcripts. Politically ambitious prosecutor Robert Crowe argued for the "gallows," while famed anti-death penalty defense attorney Clarence Darrow made the case for mitigation. Baatz includes an appendix with information about books, plays, and movies inspired by the case. Best for academic and legal collections, as it may be a bit dry for popular true-crime collections. Recommended as such.—Karen Sandlin Silverman, Ctr. for Applied Research, Philadelphia --Karen Sandlin Silverman (Reviewed July 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 12, p96)
  • Baatz (History/John Jay Coll.) reviews the notorious 1924 murder case and its ramifications in law, psychiatry and the media.University of Chicago graduate students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, both from prominent Chicago families, fed off each other's fantasies and dreamed of committing the perfect crime for the "pure love of excitement." On May 21, 1924, they rented a car and drove to Leopold's alma mater, the Harvard School on Ellis Avenue, where they picked up Loeb's 14-year-old cousin, Bobby Franks. They bludgeoned and suffocated him, then ditched the body before typing out a ransom note for his parents. The boy's body was discovered before the ransom could be paid, however, and within ten days his killers were in custody, and Cook County state's attorney Robert Crowe had elicited their confessions. If Crowe was to win a hanging verdict for Leopold and Loeb, still in their teens, he had to convince a jury that the murder was a rational act for which they were legally accountable. But Clarence Darrow, Loeb's attorney and leader of the defense team, cleverly engineered the reversal of both pleas from not guilty to guilty. This paved the way for saving the defendants' lives by avoiding a trial by jury, throwing them on the mercy of the judge and pleading for a lesser sentence because of their youth. Baatz lucidly lays out the complicated courtroom maneuvers and also provides a fascinating, skillful analysis of two different legal philosophies. "The first great cause of crime is poverty," averred humanitarian Darrow, though the Leopold-Loeb murder belied this belief.A solid true-crime thriller that's also a masterly analysis of postwar shifts in society's ideas about crime and personality. (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2008)
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Leopold, Loeb, and the murder that shocked Chicago
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Simon Baatz
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For the Thrill of It
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<p> It was a crime that shocked the nation: the brutal murder in Chicago in 1924 of a child by two wealthy college students who killed solely for the thrill of the experience. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were intellectuals--too smart, they believed, for the police to catch them. When they were apprehended, state's attorney Robert Crowe was certain that no defense could save the ruthless killers from the gallows. But the families of the confessed murderers hired Clarence Darrow, entrusting the lives of their sons to the most famous lawyer in America in what would be one of the most sensational criminal trials in the history of American justice. </p> <p> Set against the backdrop of the 1920s--a time of prosperity, self-indulgence, and hedonistic excess in a lawless city on the brink of anarchy--<i>For the Thrill of It</i> draws the reader into a world of speakeasies and flappers, of gangsters and gin parties, with a spellbinding narrative of Jazz Age murder and mystery. </p>
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<p> It was a crime that shocked the nation: the brutal murder in Chicago in 1924 of a child by two wealthy college students who killed solely for the thrill of the experience. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were intellectuals--too smart, they believed, for the police to catch them. When they were apprehended, state's attorney Robert Crowe was certain that no defense could save the ruthless killers from the gallows. But the families of the confessed murderers hired Clarence Darrow, entrusting the lives of their sons to the most famous lawyer in America in what would be one of the most sensational criminal trials in the history of American justice. </p> <p> Set against the backdrop of the 1920s--a time of prosperity, self-indulgence, and hedonistic excess in a lawless city on the brink of anarchy--<i>For the Thrill of It</i> draws the reader into a world of speakeasies and flappers, of gangsters and gin parties, with a spellbinding narrative of Jazz Age murder and mystery. </p>
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-510) and index
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Contents
The kidnapping -- The relationship -- Planning the murder -- The murder -- The ransom -- The interrogation -- The confessions -- Clarence Darrow -- Robert Crowe -- The indictment -- The scientists arrive -- Mitigation of punishment -- Psychiatrists for the defense -- Psychiatrists for the state -- Closing arguments -- Sentencing -- Aftermath
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