Milestones, Sep. 13, 1971

Died. Nathan Leopold, 66, who with Richard Loeb murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks for the thrill of it in 1924; of a heart attack; in San Juan. Both brilliant graduate students and the offspring of wealthy Chicago businessmen, Leopold and Loeb fancied themselves Nietzschean "supermen"-a notion that they set out to prove by carefully planning the kidnap-execution of a random victim. The killers were spared the death penalty and sentenced to life imprisonment "plus 99 years" after Defense Attorney Clarence Darrow made pioneering use of psychiatric testimony. Loeb was slashed to death in a...

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