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The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes

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The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes

  • Newberry Library 60 West Walton Street Chicago, IL, 60610 United States (map)

Join us Wednesday, March 13th to celebrate the memory of Clarence Darrow and his commitment to justice. Two events:

- Wednesday morning: Flower tossing ceremony to commemorate Darrow at the Clarence Darrow Bridge in Hyde Park at 10 am.

- Wednesday evening: Symposium celebrating Darrow's work against the death penalty at The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton at 6 pm.

Unlike past years the wreath-tossing celebration and the symposium are separate events:

The morning event at the Darrow Bridge will include the traditional flower-tossing and brief speeches, as well as a special reading of excerpts from Darrow's pleading in the Leopold and Loeb case, which will be discussed in greater detail during the evening program.

The topic for the evening program: The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes.

The 1924 murder of fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, and their defense by Clarence Darrow, raised profound and disturbing questions about social class, criminal psychology, morality, justice, and mercy. Join Nina Barrett, author of "The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes," for a talk about why, ninety-five years later, these issues continue to haunt us—and remain relevant—today.

Note: Registration is requested for the program at The Newberry Library.

Details are on the attached flyer. More information about the Darrow Commemorative Committee can be found at darrowbridge.org

Earlier Event: March 3
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