Nathan leopold richard loeb nathan leopold (1904 – 1971) was born in chicago to a wealthy immigrant family and was a child prodigy who reportedly scored an intelligence quotient of 210 at the time of the murder, he had already completed an undergraduate degree at the university of chicago with. Sep 8, 2001 the current debate surrounding capital punishment makes all the more relevant an examination of the history of the death penalty in america, such as the case of leopold and loeb reviewed in the article below the attitude of enlightened thought to the death penalty was highlighted by the 1924 case of.
In defense of murderers leopold and loeb, attorney clarence darrow thwarted a nation's call for vengeance. Nathan leopold and richard loeb were two young killers in 1924 their lives have led to many film incarnations and a fascination even 90 years later by jake hinkson.
On may 21, 1924, teenagers nathan leopold and richard loeb kidnapped and killed 14-year-old bobby franks in an attempt to create the perfect crime. This essay examines darrow's role in the leopold‐loeb case, situating it within the broader social milieu of chicago in the 1920s i begin by historicizing the case study and recounting highlights of darrow's professional and rhetorical career i then turn to an analysis of his closing address at the leopold‐loeb trial in the.
Sep 2, 2013 and darrow's philosophy is evident in his moving speech for leopold and loeb: “ closing argument: the state of illinois v nathan leopold if you want to read more about his views on free will, see tamler sommers' short essay, “darrow and determinism: giving up ultimate responsibility” there aren't.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of clarence darrow's brilliant and passionate defense of nathan leopold and richard loeb, two wealthy teenagers who pled guilty to the kidnapping and murder of 14 year old bobby franks on august 22, 1924 darrow gave his famous twelve hour closing statement, bringing tears to.