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Loeb, Richard A., 1905-1936



  • Existence: 1905 - 1936


Richard Albert Loeb was born 1905 June 11 in Chicago, Illinois, to parents Anna Henrietta (née Bohnen) and Albert Henry Loeb. He had three brothers: Allan Moritz Loeb, Ernest Loeb and Thomas Henry Loeb. His father Albert was a lawyer and former vice president of Sears, Roebuck & company. He grew up in the Kenwood neighborhood of South Side Chicago. He graduated from the University of Michigan at 17, and went on to pursue graduate studies in history at the University of Chicago. He gained notoriety when he and fellow wealthy University of Chicago student Nathan Freudenthal Leopold Jr (1904-1971), murdered Bobby Franks (age 14) in May of 1924. Lawyer Clarence Darrow was the lawyer for their defense and argued against the death penalty; both Leopold and Loeb pled guilty. They each received life imprisonment plus 99 years. Leopold was eventually released on parole, but Loeb was killed by another prisoner (James Day) in Stateville Penitentiary, Illinois, January 1936.

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Elmer Gertz Collection

Identifier: MS97
Abstract Elmer Gertz (1906-2000) was a lawyer, author, professor, and civil rights advocate. He fought many legal battles relating to the death penalty, police brutality, housing equality, freedom of speech, and other civil liberties. Gertz played a role in some of the most famous legal cases of the second half of the 20th century. He helped secure parole for "thrill killer" Nathan Leopold, defended Henry Miller’s novel Tropic of Cancer in numerous obscenity...
Dates: 1909-1999