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Murder among friends, how Leopold and Loeb tried to commit the perfect crime, Candace Fleming

Murder among friends, how Leopold and Loeb tried to commit the perfect crime, Candace Fleming
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-306) and index
collective biography
index present
Intended audience
850L, Lexile
Ages 14+, Anne Schwartz Books
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Murder among friends
Nature of contents
Oclc number
Grades: 9-12
Responsibility statement
Candace Fleming
Sub title
how Leopold and Loeb tried to commit the perfect crime
How did two teenagers brutally murder an innocent child ... and why? And how did their brilliant lawyer save them from the death penalty in 1920s Chicago? Written by a prolific master of narrative nonfiction, this is a compulsively readable true-crime story based on an event dubbed the "crime of the century." In 1924, eighteen-year-old college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb made a decision: they would commit the perfect crime by kidnapping and murdering a child they both knew. But they made one crucial error: as they were disposing of the body of young Bobby Franks, whom they had bludgeoned to death, Nathan's eyeglasses fell from his jacket pocket. Multi-award-winning author Candace Fleming depicts every twist and turn of this harrowing case--how two wealthy, brilliant young men planned and committed what became known as the crime of the century, how they were caught, why they confessed, and how the renowned criminal defense attorney Clarence Darrow enabled them to avoid the death penalty. Following on the success of such books as The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh and The Family Romanov, this acclaimed nonfiction writer brings to heart-stopping life one of the most notorious crimes in our country's history
Table Of Contents
Part one: Where is Bobby?. Wednesday, May 21, 1924 ; The longest night -- Part two: Boys will be boys. Nathan and Richard ; The superman and the master criminal ; Apart and together ; Planning the perfect crime -- Part three: Tracking the killers. Thursday, May 22, 1924 ; Search for the killers ; A murderer's theories, a coroner's inquest ; Saturday, May 24-Sunday, May 25, 1924 ; Interrogation ; Another day in custody -- Part four: Confessions. "I will tell you the real truth" ; Murderers' field trip ; "Impaling a beetle on a pin" ; Darrow for the defense ; Searching for insanity -- Part five: Courtroom battle. Surprise strategy ; A hot day in court ; Battles in and out of court ; New-school psychiatry takes the stand ; "The ageing lion" vs. "fighting Bob" ; Waiting ; "Nothing but the night" ; "Life in prison is just what you make it"
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