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  • Collection: James G. Stahlman Historical Autograph Collection

Dick Wolf, producer of the television series, Law and Order, described Dragnet as “the father of us all." Jack Webb, its creator and director, began the Dragnet police drama series as a radio program (1949-1955) in 1949 and continued it as a…

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The film Compulsion was based on Meyer Levin's 1956 novel of the same name. Both tell the story of the 1924 murder trial of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two wealthy students who kidnapped and murdered 14-year old Bobby Franks. The press was on…

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Tony Curtis portrayed serial killer Anthony H. DeSalvo in 1968's The Boston Strangler, released one year after the sentencing of DeSalvo. Critics condemned the film for sensationalizing Gerald Frank’s story of the murders which took place in the…

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Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow pose on this novelty $100,000 bill, replacing the image of President Woodrow Wilson that adorned the few $100,000 bank notes that were actually printed by the Federal Reserve System. The couple's photographs are drawn…

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"Bonnie and Clyde" was a romantic and humorous interpretation of the life of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The 1967 film broke new ground in its depiction of sex and violence and used modern filmmaking techniques inspired by French New Wave…

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Levin's novel was based on the 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case. Psychiatric experts played a large part in the young men's avoidance of the electric chair, as it had in the trial of Charles Guiteau, who assassinated President Garfield in 1881 and…

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The headline for the August 28, 1924, edition of The San Francisco Call refers to the thrill killers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb's trial for the horrific murder of Bobby Franks. Newspapers across the country followed the court case, filling their…

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Richard Loeb was killed in 1936 by his cellmate James Day at the Illinois State Penitentiary at Statesville. During his time in prison, he was under constant threat by other prisoners because of the heinous nature of his crime. Leopold (19 at the…

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After his release from prison in 1958, Nathan Leopold (1904-1971) moved to Puerto Rico where he restarted his life as an x-ray technician and advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. In this letter, he discusses his opposition to capital…

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The trial of Nathan Leopold (1904-1971) and Richard Loeb (1905-1936), at Chicago's Courthouse Place, was a media spectacle drawing hundreds of spectators every day. Loeb’s family hired famed attorney Clarence Darrow, one of the most renowned…
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