Owned by Nathan Leopold's Brother McKernan, Maureen. The Crime and Trial of Leopold and Loeb. Introduction by Clarence Darrow and Walter Bachrach. Chicago: The Plymouth Court Press, 1924. Publisher's black-stamped cloth, bookplate of Foreman M. Lebold [1895-1953] to front free endpaper. Light rubbing to extremities, spine ends and corners bumped and very lightly worn. Moderate toning to interior, crack in text block before title page, first few leaves loosening very slightly but secure. A copy with a superb association. $750. * The Loeb-Leopold case was one of the most fascinating and sensational trials of the twentieth century. On May 21, 1924, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb confessed to the thrill killing of fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks. Clarence Darrow led their defense team. Robert Crowe, the prosecutor, was an equally skillful adversary. Though their guilt was beyond question, Darrow hoped to save them from the electric chair. His successful twelve-hour plea, one of the greatest courtroom speeches in history, moved the presiding judge to tears. McKernan's careful account of the case features an introduction co-written by Darrow and Bachrach, another attorney on the defense team. Our copy was owned by Foreman Michael ("Mike") Lebold, Nathan's older brother. Like other members of his family, he changed his name from "Leopold" after the trial to disassociate himself from his brother's notoriety, but kept in close contact with Nathan and was especially active in the successful campaign to gain him parole.
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