Richard Loeb was born on June 11, 1905 and was the son of Albert Henry Loeb, a former vice president of Sears, Roebuck & Company. Being of above average intelligence, Richard Loeb graduated from the University of Michigan at 17 years of age.
In light of his intelligence, Richard Loeb communicated to his friend Nathan Leopold that he believed himself to be “exempt from the ordinary laws which govern men” and that he “was not liable for anything he may do,” after which the two began committing acts of theft, vandalism, and arson. The two men’s crime spree came to an end when they were both arrested for, and later convicted of, the kidnapping and murder of then 14-year-old Bobby Franks. As a result of his defense attorney’s, the famed Clarence Darrow’s, 12 hour closing argument in which Mr. Darrow highlighting the atrocities of the penal system, Mr. Leob was spared the death penalty. Despite surviving a 12-hour closing argument, during which we hope he was afforded a few bathroom breaks, this dick died in prison after being viciously attacked by his cell-mate.