Leopold and Loeb

Leopold and Loeb

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  • Look, glasses!
  • The Trial of the Century
  • Come this way Leopold and Loeb
  • This crime is insane! I don't know what to think!
  • They better get the death penalty! They deserve it!
  • As the police began to investigate, they found glasses nearby and were able to trace them back to Leopold. Leopold stated they must have fallen out during a bird observation, he also said he was with Loeb the entire day. However, soon after alibis fell apart and they confessed to the kidnapping and murder.
  • We plead guilty!
  • This crime quickly reached the front page of every newspaper. The public became fascinated with the crime and trial and they all called for the death of Leopold and Loeb. The trial became so significant that it was labeled "The Trial of the Century."
  • Best Friends Forever
  • The case became a debate on capital punishment. This issue even today is very controversial and still on for debate. During the time of the Leopold and Loeb case, people were in a frenzy due to this terrible crime they had committed and the enjoyment they got out of it. It became an almost sure thing that Leopold and Loeb would both receive the death penatly.
  • Leopold
  • Clarence Darrow, their defense attorney, was against the death penalty since he had seen how big businesses had used it to terrorize the working class. His address was one the most “eloquent attacks on the death penalty in an American courtroom.” Judge Caverly sentenced the two young men to 99 years of prison and a life sentence for the crime.
  • The two teenagers were at first separated but later reunited. Eventually, they opened a school and began to teach the other prisoners. However, Loeb would later be killed in prison by another inmate and leave Leopold on his own.
  • Loeb died January 28, 1936 from slashing wounds and Leopold would later be released from prison and die of a heart attack on August 30, 1971.
  • Loeb
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