“Them boys is fucked up.
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“For some reason, I just can't get into this book, and I don't know why! I'm interested in everything in this book: historical true crime; Chicago; gay perpetrators. But I just don't get a drive to keep reading. I picked it up and put it down many times. Perhaps it's get to do with the historical...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Informative and interesting, a comprehensive account of the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case in Jazz Age Chicago. I thought it was about 100 pages too long, with the middle section dealing with the psychiatrists ("alienists") giving their input repetitive - but it was a good book and I learned a lot. ”Charles F wrote this review Friday, March 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“For some reason, I just can't get into this book, and I don't know why! I'm interested in everything in this book: historical true crime; Chicago; gay perpetrators. But I just don't get a drive to keep reading. I picked it up and put it down many times. Perhaps it's get to do with the historical "filler". However I usually like historical context info. Maybe it's because I have already read a lot of info about this case? I will keep pushing at it though.”A. R. Muir wrote this review Saturday, March 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Them boys is fucked up.
Clarence Darrow will ask you
Did they have free will?
“It wasn't far into the courtroom battle when I started wondering if Clarence Darrow was mentally competent. According to Darrow, crime should never be punished. Crime is economically conditioned. At least it was until he realized his wealthier clients had no economic reason to commit their crimes. Then crime was socially conditioned, until he realized that many of his clients, rich and poor, had perfectly decent upbringings in perfectly normal surroundings. So crime is merely mental illness and no one can be held responsible for it. All this legal theorizing came after a good retelling of the Bobby Franks murder, from inception to execution. The book maintained a steady pace when recounting the murderers childhoods and early criminal careers. Too bad the courtroom scenes bogged down, as they unfortunately must. There's really no way to make dueling shrinks "gripping." It's not a bad book but I was happy to see it end.”Sorella M wrote this review Thursday, July 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“although this book is written like a first rate thriller, it has cogent discussions on the legal strategy of each side in the trial, and of the use of psychiatric testimony in criminal cases. Alll that and finding out that the action took place blocks from my grad dorm at u of c. ”geli tripping wrote this review Sunday, April 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A true story with volumes of primary source documents make this book an incredible insight into the forces that impact our society far beyond the courtroom in one murder case. A great read by any measure.”Joey O wrote this review Wednesday, March 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An extremely thorough account of the Leopold and Loeb murder and the trial that followed. In fact, one might even say that it was a bit too thorough in parts, hence the 3 out of 5 stars. The beginning of the book I found was the most interesting where Baatz went into the detail of the planning of the murder and the biographies of Leopold and Loeb and how they met and developed their psychotic friendship.
Once the trial gets under way however, the details get a little too dense and analytical for my taste. Baatz obviously wants this case study to cover every aspect and that includes every psychologist, lawyer, their background, their conclusions...everything. It was a bit too in depth and could lose you after a while. ”
“I had vague memories of this mentioned in a class I took somewhere during high school and college. This account is comprehensive and written compellingly.”Sara F wrote this review Saturday, January 9, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The most complete account of "The Crime Of The Century". Includes a lot of material previously kept from public view including (but not limited to) court records, statements, photos and interrogation remarks from both Leopold and Loeb. Written in a dramatic style with close attention to historical accuracy.”John W wrote this review Thursday, December 31, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read true crime and I (mostly) liked it. I even learned a thing or two; for instance, this crime is the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's film "Rope," as well as the play by the same name. Huh. Never would have known.”Jenny B wrote this review Sunday, December 13, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No