From the Author
On May 21, 1924, fourteen year old Bobby Franks failed to return from his school which was only three blocks from his home. Many hours passed before his parents received the information that their son had been kidnapped. This volume tells the true story of two spoiled brats who believed that society's laws did not affect them. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb had every advantage including their high IQ's.
Their parents were millionaires and Leopold was just about to take a trip to Europe when he and his best friend were arrested for the kidnapping and murder of Bobby Franks. Like a great movie from the film noir days the Leopold and Loeb case in many ways really is stranger than fiction.
The two young men decided that they were going to commit the perfect murder. They took many months to plan their horrible acts. They committed their crime with the callousness of individuals without morals. It was a scientific experiment and once it was accomplished and they proved to themselves and to the world that they really could get away with a murder - they would go on their merry way and forget about it.
After the murder, both boys were sure that they would never be caught. Within just a few days, their confidence evaporated and they were arrested. Read the Leopold and Loeb saga from the beginning up until the very surprising climax.
Thank you for reading,
Bruce M. Caplan
From the Inside Flap
Now, your Honor, I have been practicing law a good deal longer than I should have, anyhow, for forty-five or forty-six years, and during a part of that time I have tried a good many criminal cases, always defending. It does not mean that I am better. It probably means that I am more squeamish than the other fellows. It means neither that I am better nor worse. It means the way I am made. I can not help it.
I have never yet tried a case where the state's attorney did not say that it was the most cold-blooded, inexcusable, premeditated case that ever occurred. If it was murder, there never was such a murder. If it was robbery, thee never was such a robbery. If it was a conspiracy, it was the most terrible conspiracy that ever happened since the Star-Chamber passed into oblivion. If it was larceny, there never was such a larceny.
Now, I'm speaking moderately. All of them are the worst. Why? Well, it adds to the credit of the State's Attorney to be connected with a big case. That is one thing. They can say,--
"Well, I tried the most cold-blooded murder case that ever was tried, and I convicted them, and they are dead."
"I tried the worst forgery case that ever was tried, and I won that. I never did anything that was not big."
Lawyers are apt to say that.
I suppose it may have some effect with the court; I do not know. Anyway, those are the chances we take when we do our best to save life and reputation.
"Here, your clients have pleaded guilty to the most cold-blooded murder that ever took place in the history of the world. And how does a judge dare to refuse to hang by the neck until dead two cowardly ruffians who committed the coldest-blooded murder in the history of the world?"
That is a good talking point.
I want to give some attention to this cold-blooded murder, your Honor.
Was it a cold-blooded murder?
Was it the most terrible murder that ever happened in the State of Illinois?
Was it the most dastardly act in the annals of crime?
No.(Part of the summation of Clarence Darrow)