Murder story for entertainment
The teenagers were Richard Loeb, 18, and Nathan Leopold, 19, of two wealthy families in Chicago. Loeb was the son of the vice president of the well-known Sears department store. Leopold was no less important or richer than his Webb colleague. The two boys were also clever, , But on May 21, 1924, they committed a brutal crime in a manner characterized by stupidity, and their apparent motive was a ransom of $ 10,000, but the truth was that they were playing and drinking.
The young men were impressed by the philosophy of Nietzsche, who preached the superman who was not subject to traditional moral standards. Richard Leeweb considered himself superior. Nathan Leopold was short and blind, only to be followed by his friend to the Web. He described himself as a slave to his friend, Loeb has the idea of committing a complete murder, murder without a motive, and ransom demand to mislead.
Victim and Murder:
The victim was Bobby Varnex, 14, the son of a millionaire in Chicago. The killers invited Bobby to accompany them on a walk. Leopold was on a commanding mission, while Webb beat the boy to death. The body was then hidden in a sewer near the line Iron, after pouring the acid on the face to prevent identification of the victim.
The killers then telephoned the boy’s mother by phone as her son’s kidnappers, and sent her a typewritten letter, signed by George Johnson, explaining how to hand over the money.
The crime was never complete. The body was quickly discovered, and the identity of the owner was easily identified. Leopold’s eyeglasses, identified by the owner, were found from the seller who sold them to Leibold, and it was also found that Leopold had written the letter On a printer he borrowed from one of his friends, and with the intense interrogation and interrogation of Richard Loweb, the Superman collapsed, confessing everything he did.
general opinion :
Public opinion swept into a wave of anger, especially after the announcement of the results of preliminary investigations, and all of the death penalty for the killers, and everyone was waiting for the execution of the killers really.
Defense lawyers for the accused:
When Advocate Clarence Darrow emerged and defended the defendants, Darrow advocated social reform and human values, opposed the death penalty, and was a skilled lawyer so that he had lost only one of 50 cases of first-degree murder.
The trial began in July 1924. Darrow focused on the subject of insanity. How can such a work be described without madness? On what scale can we consider the work of Web and Leopold as two sensible young men? For two days, Darrow defended the young adolescents, who were still in their early years , And cited the words of poets and writers and philosophers, such as Housman, Omar Khiam and others.
As a result, the two defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment.
After the judgment and the date of their death:
Richard Loeb was killed in 1936 during a brawl inside the prison. Nathan Leopold was released in 1958 after serving 33 years in prison. He married after his release and went to live with his wife in Puerto Rico. Before his death in 1971, he wrote A book about his experiences and experiences in life.