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Nathan Leopold, along with Richard Loeb, killed a 14-year-old boy while trying to commit "the perfect crime." They were caught.
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Leopold and Loeb were interrogated by police and eventually Loeb admitted the murder, claiming that Leopold had been the driving force behind the plan and that he had struck the fatal blow on Franks. Leopold claimed the opposite was true. The families hired Clarence Darrow, the country's foremost criminal defense lawyer, to represent the pair at trial. On September 24, 1924 Leopold and Loeb each received a life sentence for the murder,
rather than the death penalty, and an additional 99 years each for the kidnapping.
While serving his sentence in Joliet Penitentiary on September 11, 1924, Loeb was viciously attacked and killed by his cellmate, James Day, who claimed Loeb had made sexual advances to him. Leopold was eventually granted parole in March 1958. He fled to Puerto Rico, where he taught mathematics at the University of Puerto Rico, and also published an ornithological book. In 1961, he married a widowed American social worker named Trudi de Queveda. On August 30, 1971, Leopold died of a diabetes-related heart attack.
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