Dickie Loeb Slain in Prison

MS0412-C-Richard_Loeb-Slain_in_Prison-Jan_28_1936_trans.jpg
Creation: 1924

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 time) and Loeb (18 at the time) were considered the first “thrill killers” in America, a phrase that has become synonymous with their names. Both admitted that they were driven by the thrill of the kill, their Übermensch delusions, and their aspiration to commit a "perfect crime."

Title

Dickie Loeb Slain in Prison

Date

Creation: 1924
Publication: 1936

Description

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 time) and Loeb (18 at the time) were considered the first “thrill killers” in America, a phrase that has become synonymous with their names. Both admitted that they were driven by the thrill of the kill, their Übermensch delusions, and their aspiration to commit a "perfect crime."

Rights

Copyright; use considered fair according to the ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use

Format

Black-and-white photographs

Source

MSS0412, James G. Stahlman Historical Autograph Collection, Nathan Leopold

Files

MS0412-C-Richard_Loeb-Slain_in_Prison-Jan_28_1936_trans.jpg

Citation

“Dickie Loeb Slain in Prison,” Gallery, accessed October 18, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/753.