Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Watch: Crimes of The Century - Leopold and Loeb

Nathan Leopold (L) and Richard Loeb (R)
This documentary tells the true story of the murder of Robert Franks. In May of 1924, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two wealthy students, kidnapped and murdered 14-year-old Robert Franks. The subsequent trial was a sensation at the time. In this video, the trial of the two killers, Leopold and Loeb, is presented.

It's a fascinating story and one that has captured the imagination of Hollywood many times. In 1929, Patrick Hamilton's play "Rope" was staged. Director Alfred Hitchcock based his 1948 film of the same name on it. Tom Kalin wrote and directed "Swoon" in 1992. His version was different than Hitchcock's, in that, it depicted an overt homosexual relationship between the two killers.

"Crimes of The Century" first aired in 1989 and was hosted by actor Mike Connors of "Mannix" fame. Each 24 minute episode included re-enactments of the crime as well as interviews with some of the people actually involved in the case.

Watch: Crimes of The Century - Leopold and Loeb

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