Crimes of the Century From Leopold and Loeb to O. J. Simpson

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ISBN-13: 9781555534271
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Description: In compelling narrative, the authors probe the sensational cases of Nathan F. Leopold, Jr., and Richard A. Loeb, the Scottsboro "boys," Bruno Richard Hauptmann, Alger Hiss, and O.J. Simpson, highlighting significant lessons about criminal behavior  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 3/2/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.06" wide x 9.45" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

In compelling narrative, the authors probe the sensational cases of Nathan F. Leopold, Jr., and Richard A. Loeb, the Scottsboro "boys," Bruno Richard Hauptmann, Alger Hiss, and O.J. Simpson, highlighting significant lessons about criminal behavior and the administration of criminal justice. Each case study details the crime, the police investigation, and the court proceedings, profiles the major players, and examines the outcome and aftermath of the trial. The authors untangle the perplexities surrounding the cases and illuminate the many mysteries that remain unsolved today. These celebrated trials reveal issues of overzealous prosecution, sloppy police work, judicial bias, race, class, and ethnic struggles, and the role of wealth in securing a competent defense. They also show how the temper of the times and frenzied media coverage heightened the intensity of drama in the cases.

Illustrations
Introduction
Leopold and Loeb (1924) and the Cause of Crime
Scottsboro (1931) and Racial Injustice
Bruno Richard Hauptmann (1932), Public Outrage, and Criminal Justice
Alger Hiss (1948), the House Un-American Activities Committee, and the Courts
O. J. Simpson (1994): Can the Rich Buy Reasonable Doubt?
Conclusion
Index
Acknowledgments

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