School Library JournalGr 7 Up-In a case that changed the face of criminal psychology and defense, the brutal crime and subsequent trial of brilliant, wealthy 19-year-old Nathan Leopold and 20-year-old Richard Loeb seized the attention of the nation in 1924. The inexplicable kidnapping and murder of a younger neighbor, 14-year-old Bobby Franks, began a psychological reassessment of what "creates" a criminal mind and, for Clarence Darrow, provided a career-culminating opportunity to abolish the death penalty. Koopmans's text provides a six-chapter overview of the era, the privileged life all three boys led, and the meticulous planning of the "thrill crime." There are numerous well-reproduced and appropriately placed black-and-white news photos and explanatory insets. The proceedings are described, especially Darrow's innovative strategies, in which the guilt of the defendants was admitted, but a new mitigation was introduced. Extensive documentation and accessibility make this a fine choice for reports.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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