Crimes of the Century

Crimes of the Century

From Leopold and Loeb to O.J. Simpson

Book - 1998
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In compelling narrative, the authors probe the sensational cases of Nathan F. Leopold, Jr., and Richard A. Loeb, the Scottsboro "boys," Bruno Richard Hauptmann, Alger Hiss, and O.J. Simpson, highlighting significant lessons about criminal behavior and the administration of criminal justice.

Each case study details the crime, the police investigation, and the court proceedings, profiles the major players, and examines the outcome and aftermath of the trial. The authors untangle the perplexities surrounding the cases and illuminate the many mysteries that remain unsolved today. These celebrated trials reveal issues of overzealous prosecution, sloppy police work, judicial bias, race, class, and ethnic struggles, and the role of wealth in securing a competent defense. They also show how the temper of the times and frenzied media coverage heightened the intensity of drama in the cases.
Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, c1998
ISBN: 9781555534271
1555534279
9781555533601
1555533604
Characteristics: 230 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Bienen, Leigh B.

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