GRIME: Last of Loeb


On May 21, 1924, two perverted Chicago youths named Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped 14-year-old Bobby Franks, knocked him unconscious, violated him, killed him, poured acid over his face, buried his body in a culvert on a forest reserve. Wealthy South Side Jews, the Leopold, Loeb and Franks families were friends and neighbors. When the boy's body was found, Loeb, 18, and the University of Michigan's youngest graduate, called at the Franks home to offer condolences, helped police search for clues. Leopold, a brilliant law student at the University of...

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