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7-31-1957 Leopold Press Conference

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Film Identifier: F.2012-03-0356
Run Time
0h 2m 44s
Date Produced
July 31 1957
Nathan Freudenthal Leopold Jr. speaks at a press conference at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois on July 31, 1957.

University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were imprisoned for the kidnap and murder of fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924. They committed the murder in order to demonstrate their intellectual superiority, which they believed made them capable of carrying out the "perfect crime."
The film begins with several exterior shots of the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois and then a shot of Nathan Leopold as he enters a room prepared for a press conference. Leopold thanks Governor Stratton and the Illinois Parole and Pardon Board for their review of his case and then expresses his intention to request a rehearing of his petition for conditional release under parole. When asked about his plans if paroled, he indicates an aspiration to work as a medical technician in a church hospital in Puerto Rico. The film concludes as the camera explores the layout of a prison cell and the door slides shut.

Leopold was released on parole on March 13, 1958. Shortly thereafter, he began working as a lab technician at a hospital operated by the Brethren Service Commission in Puerto Rico.
Telenews (Firm)
Main Credits
Koza, Frank (is filmmaker)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Leopold, Nathan (is participant)
Related Place
Illinois (represents)