Sepia Saturday

200422 : Sepia Saturday 519 Header, 9 May 2020

Another week of inspiration from Sepia Saturday, my source of inspiration for nostalgia or history. The photo above reminded me of the two young criminals Leopold and Loeb. Note the boys above look like fine, upstanding citizens. But so did the pair of wealthy boys from Chicago, who schemed to commit murder.

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While in their 20s partners in crime Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb carried out their plot to kidnap and murder 14 year old Bobby Frank. They requested $10,000 ransom from their victim’s parents.

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Loeb (l) and Leopold (r)

Clarence Darrow defended the pair in court and convinced the judge to give them life in prison rather than the death sentence. Many books and some films have told their story.

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8 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday

  1. I remember reading about their shocking case when i was a teenager. Resulted in many sleepless nights, I can tell you.

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    • It’s an awful crime. Leopald and Loeb just wanted to commit a “perfect murder.” They wanted to see if they could get away with it. An evil lark.

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  2. You cannot tell a book by its cover. They were nice-enough looking young men, but inside they were horribly twisted.

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  3. Good match to the prompt photo. Sadly, this tragic incident took place in my hometown. There’s a book based on Leopold & Loeb called ‘For the Thrill of It’ by Simon Baatz. If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend it. It’s really interesting, and details just how disturbed these two young men really were.

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