Leopold, Nathan Freudenthal, 1904-1971

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Nathan Freudenthal Leopold, Jr. (November 19, 1904 – August 29, 1971) and Richard Albert Loeb (June 11, 1905 – January 28, 1936), often referred to as "Leopold and Loeb", were privileged and wealthy teenage University of Chicago students who murdered 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks in 1924 in a desire to commit the “perfect crime,” and were sentenced to prison for 99 years plus a life term. Leopold was paroled in 1958 and spent the rest of his life in Puerto Rico, dying of heart failure in 1971.

From the guide to the Leopold and Loeb Collection, 1894-1990, 1952-1971, (Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections)

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creatorOf Leopold and Loeb Collection, 1894-1990, 1952-1971 Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
referencedIn Bergstrom, Robert W., 1918-. Robert W. Bergstrom papers 1924-1999, bulk 1959-1970. Newberry Library
referencedIn Greenfield, Meg. Meg Greenfield papers, 1890-1999 (bulk 1952-1999). Library of Congress
referencedIn Elmer Gertz Papers, 1789-1997, (bulk 1926-1988) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Albert M. Barrett papers, 1900-1937 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Higdon, Hal. Hal Higdon research papers on the Leopold and Loeb case, ca. 1920-1980. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Clarence Darrow Papers, 1894-1941, (bulk 1910-1935) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn College of Literature, Science and the Arts (University of Michigan) records, 1846-2010 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Rizzo, Matt, 1913-1987. Matt Rizzo papers, ca. 1940s-2002. Newberry Library
referencedIn Kantrowitz, Nathan. Nathan Kantrowitz research papers on Stateville penitentiary, 1957-1996. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Gertz, Elmer, 1906-2000. Elmer Gertz papers, 1789-1997 (bulk 1926-1988). Library of Congress
referencedIn O'Connor, Len. Len O'Connor papers, 1950-1969, 1983. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Meg Greenfield Papers, 1890-1999, (bulk 1952-1999) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938. Clarence Darrow papers, 1894-1941 (bulk 1910-1935). Library of Congress
referencedIn Harold S. Hulbert Papers, 1920-1956 Northwestern University Archives
referencedIn Glueck, Bernard, Sr. Papers, 1910-1971 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
creatorOf Claiborne, Robert Watson, 1888-1966. Papers of Robert Watson Claiborne [manuscript], 1934-1966. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Barrett, Albert M. (Albert Moore), 1871-1936 person
associatedWith Bergstrom, Robert W., 1918- person
associatedWith Claiborne, Robert Watson, 1888-1966. person
correspondedWith Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938. person
associatedWith Gertz, Elmer, 1906-2000. person
associatedWith Glueck, Bernard, b. 1883 person
associatedWith Greenfield, Meg. person
associatedWith Higdon, Hal. person
associatedWith Hulbert, Harold S. (Harold Stacey), 1887-1949 person
associatedWith Kantrowitz, Nathan. person
associatedWith Loeb, Richard A., 1905-1936 person
associatedWith O'Connor, Len. person
associatedWith Rizzo, Matt, 1913-1987. person
associatedWith University of Michigan. College of Literature, Science and the Arts. corporateBody
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Trials (Murder)


Birth 1904-11-19

Death 1971


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