CRIME: Freedom for Superman

Why did they kill little Bobby Franks?

Not for money, not for spite, not for hate. They killed him as they might kill a spider or a fly, for the experience. They killed him because they were made that way. Because somewhere in the infinite processes that go to the making up of the boy or the man, something slipped.

—Clarence Darrow's Leopold-Loeb Plea

Last week—33 years, 275 days and 18 hours after a chisel smashed the skull of 14-year-old Bobby Franks — the summons came to Prisoner 9306-D in Stateville

Prison at Joliet, Ill. He had finished his breakfast of stewed...

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