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  • Tags: Crime in the Archives

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-C-Compulsion-1959.jpg
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…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-Bonnie-Clyde-novelty_money.jpg
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…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-C-Bonnie_and_Clyde-San_Antonio-April_3_1932.jpg
This photograph is purportedly of the outlaw couple Bonnie Parker (1910-1934) and Clyde Barrow (1909-1934) taken on April 3, 1932, in San Antonio, Texas. These two, along with their gang, were the scourge of the Southwest during the early 1930s. The…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-C-Clyde_Barrow-Jan_2_1932.jpg
This photograph of Clyde Barrow (1909-1934) cannot be confirmed though the writing on the back reads “Jan. 2, 1932 too much work- next time I will youse a tractor- bonnie is laughing at me- the sherrif cant shoot a dam- Clyde.” Bonnie Parker…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-C-Leopold_and_Loeb-Courthouse_Crowds-July_24_1924.jpg
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…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-Frank_James-movie_photo.jpg
Western films have gone in and out of vogue since first appearing in the silent era. By the time "The Return of Frank James" was released in 1940, the form was gaining new popularity with the advent of a number of high budget productions from major…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-C-Frank_James_portrait.jpg
Frank James (1843-1915) was part of the notorious James-Younger Gang. He and his younger brother, Jesse James, roamed the South and Midwest robbing banks and running from the law for over thirty years. The most famous incident was the disastrous…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/The_San_Francisco_Call-Aug_28_1924.jpg
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…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/MS0412-C-Nathan_F_Leopold_letter-Dec_7_1964.jpg
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…

MS0412-C-Lindbergh-Hauptmann_photos_trans.jpg
The $50,000 ransom paid for the Lindbergh baby contained a number of gold certificates that were scheduled to be withdrawn from circulation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also recorded the serial numbers of all notes. When one of the…
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