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The Perfect Crime 

The trial of wealthy college students Leopold and Loeb, who murder a 14-year-old boy in 1924, sets off a national firestorm about morality and capital punishment.

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Simon Baatz ...
Himself, author of 'For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Chicago'
Hal Higdon ...
Himself, author of 'The Crime of the Century: The Leopold and Loeb Case'
Carol S. Steiker ...
Herself, professor of law, Harvard Law School
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Himself
Paula Fass ...
Herself, historian specialized in childhood and youth in the United States
John A. Farrell ...
Himself, author of 'Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned'
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Clarence Darrow (voice)
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The trial of wealthy college students Leopold and Loeb, who murder a 14-year-old boy in 1924, sets off a national firestorm about morality and capital punishment.

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9 February 2016 (USA)  »

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Really good...with only one reservation.
11 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

This film is about the Leopold and Loeb murder and these spoiled rich men's defense run by Clarence Darrow. It goes from their odd homosexual relationship to the murder to the trial to their lives post trial.

"American Experience" is consistently among the best shows on television. The episodes are exquisitely crafted, extraordinarily interesting and a must-see for history buffs like me. This episode about the infamous Leopold/Loeb murder case is similarly well- crafted and interesting. I have one minor reservation, however, and that is that throughout the film the 19 and 20 year-old murderers are referred to as 'boys' and much of the thrust in the show was about their youth. However, they weren't 16 or 17...but clearly were adults and referring to them as boys seemed rather insulting to the memory of their victim.


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