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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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Nathan Leopold (1904-1971) wrote Life Plus 99 Years while in prison awaiting a parole hearing. He was released in 1958 after thirty-three years of incarceration. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb’s (1905-1936) are best known for the heinous murder…

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In an era of supersonic jets and bullet trains, of flights to the moon and Google Maps, Charles Lindbergh's legendary 33 hour and 30 minute solo flight across the Atlantic in the cramped cockpit of a one-engine plane continues to capture the…

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In 1919, French businessman Raymond Orteig established a $25000 prize to the first person to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. Eight years later, Charles Augustus Lindbergh collected the prize. Lindbergh's achievement was a boon to the fledgling…

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These two aerial photographs depict Bruno Hauptmann's upper Bronx home and St. Raymond's Cemetery, where the Lindbergh ransom money was delivered. Less than two miles separate the two locations. The New York Evening Journal was the first newspaper to…

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The country followed the Lindbergh case as it was happening, as this issue of the New York Journal, published two days before Bruno Hauptmann was indicted for extoring $50,000 from Charles Lindbergh, reveals. A jotted-down license plate on a gold…

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The public was fascinated by how Charles and Anne Lindbergh's baby was kidnapped. Newspapers were full of details like this photograph of the home in Hopewell, New Jersey. The homemade ladder used to enter the baby's room proved critical in…

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Charles Lindbergh's May 1927 solo flight from New York to Paris caught the world's attention and made him an instant celebrity. Conducted on the cusp of the Great Depression and the rise of underworld crime, the flight was a shining moment for a…
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