• For the Thrill of It

  • Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz Age Chicago
  • By: Simon Baatz
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 14-03-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.0 (2 ratings)

Summary

It was a crime that shocked the nation: the brutal murder in Chicago in 1924 of a child by two wealthy college students who killed solely for the thrill of the experience. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were intellectuals - too smart, they believed, for the police to catch them. When they were apprehended, state's attorney Robert Crowe was certain that no defense could save the ruthless killers from the gallows. But the families of the confessed murderers hired Clarence Darrow, entrusting the lives of their sons to the most famous lawyer in America in what would be one of the most sensational criminal trials in the history of American justice.
Set against the backdrop of the 1920s - a time of prosperity, self-indulgence, and hedonistic excess in a lawless city on the brink of anarchy - For the Thrill of It draws the listener into a world of speakeasies and flappers, of gangsters and gin parties, with a spellbinding narrative of Jazz Age murder and mystery.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2008 Simon Baatz (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anne Ashley on 05-05-17

Excellent!!!

I couldn't stop listening to the story. I knew of the incident/case but this is brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous on 21-05-18

Very interesting

This book is interesting. I live in Illinois so I was very interested. This book does not go into depth of the reason for the depravity, just touched on it. It was very much about the trial and I found that interesting.
It really proves that then, as now, the rich are favored in the American judicial system. Not much had changed but then, I’m not sure how it could be.
If you have never heard this story before, I highly recommend it. It’s you are familiar with it, it holds little new but is still a good listen.

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