American Experience

The Perfect Crime

Season 28 Episode 5 | 52m 3s

The shocking story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924 to prove they were smart enough to get away with it. Their trial, with famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow and Cook County Prosecutor Robert Crowe debating the death penalty and scores of commentators weighing in from the sidelines, set off a national debate about morality

Aired: 02/09/16

Expired: 05/07/18

Rating: NR

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