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Stop The Presses!
 
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

The Most Dastardly Act in the Annals of Crime



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)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481128914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481128919
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By marin mom on October 30, 2012
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This is the true-crime story from many years ago. It was the subject of a novel called "Compulsion" and a film of the same name. This book tells the reader the actual facts and the names of the real people involved. It is a fascinating read for anyone who likes crime stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Demeter on January 14, 2014
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This book was my first introduction to the 1924 murder of Bobby Franks by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. After the first few pages, I was hooked. I could not put the book down until I learned more about why these two, seemingly intellectual and wealthy young men, felt the need to commit the “perfect crime.”

Most interesting in the book was Clarence Darrow’s appeal, which brought to mind the recent defense of a 16 year old drunk driver responsible for the deaths of four people. Almost ninety years later, like Darrow, the defense lawyer successfully argued that the young man was merely a victim of his wealthy upbringing, a condition recently coined as “affluenza.”

This book was a fast and easy read, one that whet my appetite for more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaMaC on May 20, 2015
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This book is written by a very talented author and it kept me on the edge of my seat. Ever since I started watching the movies that re-told history, like Troy, I cannot get enough of true stories re-told in interesting ways. I was hooked to the story by the very first chapter. The book is a well written, true crime story of the murder of 14 year old Bobby Franks. At the time, this murder was the crime of the century. The writer takes you back in time to explore the tragic events. You get a close up look of the famous lawyer, Clarence Darrow, who some American's believe is the most famous lawyer of all time. I can't say anymore without getting into spoilers, but I will say it's the best book I have read in a long time. Great job!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deon on May 23, 2015
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This book falls exactly into the categories of books that you definitely have to find soothing even if you judge it wrongfully. If you love crimes and all mysterious moments that comes with it then you definitely have to read this book because it's perfect. There's so much to this book than what you think.

In this book as you read you'll find that two rich youngmen had committed a sensational crime. After these young men had their plans lined up to brutally murder the young boy they had went to court with one of America's best lawyer who got them life in prison instead of getting hang.

This book has taught me a lot and enough to want to implement them into my life instead of thinking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Shopper on May 23, 2015
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I absolutely loved this crime story. I was going to be flying and got this to read during my flight. It was a very interesting story that kept me entertained the whole way to my destination. It had quite a few twists and turns that I really enjoyed. I have a degree in criminal justice so this was an especially interesting read to me. I thought it was well written overall and I loved every bit of it. Definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a crime story to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Athena on May 23, 2015
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This book has a very interesting basis. Nothing can be more interesting than a true story. Here, the authors were able to provide the facts and historical details of a sensation piece of history. The writer walks you through the story just like you were really there. As each scene unfolds, you could not put the book down. I love true crime stories; and I'm sure you will also love this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gus Philpott on January 9, 2014
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This book is a good, fast read about the crime committed in 1924. The two boys thought they were planning the "perfect" crime, but they definitely didn't. Learning Clarence Darrow's role in their defense and reading part of his closing argument was very interesting. Also, the confessions were interesting, although I wondered how many times the boys must have told their stories to get them written down in records that way. I recommend this book to the reader who is first learning about this crime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. A. Stephenson on January 4, 2014
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I enjoy books about historical events, especially those involving dastardly deeds, and this one is a corker - presented in a lighthearted, fun, and easy-to-read manner. Highly recommended!
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