Leopold and Loeb Revisited

November 4, 2008 | Book Beat

Set in the middle of the Jazz Age, the infamous Leopold and Loeb murder case had all the elements of a true-crime thriller. In his acclaimed book, “For The Thrill Of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago,” Simon Baatz sheds new light on the brutal murder of a 14-year-old boy by two privileged and brilliant young men. Baatz, an associate professor of history at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, breathes life back into the personalities in the case, including legendary defense lawyer Clarence Darrow. “It was really my background in the history of science that persuaded me that this was a book that needed to be written,” says Baatz, who has a Ph.D. in history of medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. “I knew that it would be very complicated and intricate, as well as fascinating. It turned out to be both.”
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