Watch Party: A 21st-Century Reconsideration of Leopold & Loeb
This year marks the 100th anniversary of what was called “The Crime of the Century”: the murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks by University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. The sensational trial made defense attorney Clarence Darrow a household name—but what would happen if the same facts were presented in a 21st-century court?
On March 14, our own Nina Barrett, author of The Leopold and Loeb Files, will moderate a symposium at the Newberry Library that attempts to answer that question. Former federal prosecutor Eric Sussman will present the State’s case against Leopold and Loeb; Dean Strang (whom you might remember from Making a Murderer) will mount a defense informed by a century’s advances in psychology, adolescent development, and juvenile justice; forensic psychologist Antoinette Kavanaugh will be an expert witness; and Judge Colleen Sheehan will render a verdict.
This free event will be open to the public and livestreamed via Zoom. If you don’t want to go all the way downtown but would like to enjoy the retrial with company, please join us in the store for a 1920s-themed watch party! Put on your pinstripes and fascinators, grab a $6 Old Fashioned or Southside cocktail at the MiniBar, and settle in for the trial of a whole new century!