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"Nathan Leopold in Stateville Penitentiary, Joliet, Illinois, January 1931." He was half of the duo more commonly known as "Leopold and Loeb". He, along with Richard Loeb, was a University of Chicago law student who murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924. They murdered Franks because they wanted to commit a perfect crime.

"Nathan Leopold, Jr. & Richard Loeb were a duo of killers who attempted to commit the perfect crime by kidnapping and stabbing a teenage boy named Robert “Bobby” Franks in 1924. “Leopold and Loeb” as they were collectively known, were both wealthy sons of prominent Chicago families. Each was a brilliant student and child prodigy, so much so that they believed they were “Nietzschean supermen” whose superior intellects entitled them to ‘kill for the thrill’ and evade capture."

Leopold's Underwood portable typewriter, a key piece of evidence in solving the Leopold and Loeb case. Univ. of Chicago graduate students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb set out to commit the "perfect" slaying and killed a random fourteen-year-old. Leopold twisted off many of the keys with pliers in an attempt to prevent the typewriter from being traced to him.

Apr 26, 1913: Thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan is found sexually molested and murdered in the basement of the Atlanta, Georgia, pencil factory where she worked. Her murder later led to one of the most disgraceful episodes of bigotry, injustice, and mob violence in American history.

When you need to get the real story about some of history's most fascinating women, call Stacy Schiff. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's work includes Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) and Cleopatra: A Life. In her highly anticipated new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, Schiff focuses on an infamous and dark period of American history, especially as it relates to women: the Salem witch trials.

Minnie Freeman ~ teacher in 1888 who roped her students together and led them through a total white-out blizzard from the schoolhouse whose roof had collapsed to a farmhouse three-quarters of a mile away...

Photo Date: 10/08/1931 Caption: Al Capone leaving a taxi outside the Chicago Federal Courthouse to attend his trial. Credit: New York Daily News Country: USA Location: Chicago, IL

On June 18, 1860, Mrs. Elizabeth Packard was abducted on her husband’s orders (women needed only their husband's insistance to be committed) and taken to the insane asylum in Illinois, where she spent the next three years. He judged her insane largely because she disagreed with him and was trying to leave his church. After she was released, she wrote profusely. In one volume, "Modern Persecution" or "Insane Asylums Unveiled", she detailed her experiences during that time.