For the Thrill of It Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz Age Chicago

ISBN-10: 0060781025
ISBN-13: 9780060781026
Edition: N/A
Authors: Simon Baatz
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

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.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-For the Thrill of It 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.

List of Illustrations
Preface
The Crime
The Kidnapping
The Relationship
Planning the Murder
The Murder
The Ransom
The Interrogation
The Confessions
The Attorneys
Clarence Darrow
Robert Crowe
The Courtroom
The Indictment
The Scientists Arrive
Mitigation of Punishment
Psychiatrists for the Defense
Psychiatrists for the State
Closing Statements
Sentencing
The Aftermath
Leopold and Loeb in Fiction
Author's Note
Sources
Notes
Index
Illustration Credits

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