Leopold Loeb Case Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Leopold and Loed were young college graduates who were preparing to join the school of law at a university. They admitted to kidnapping and killing a 14 year old son of a known millionaire. It is still unclear till this day who between the two committed the murder. The Leopold-Loeb case gained notoriety because of the senseless manner the two acted when questioned about their actions as they did not seem to have a clear motive or reason for killing the young boy. This case became famous and widely portrayed by the media that it completely shocked the entire Chicago community as it added on to the infamous reputation of the city. The Leopold-Loeb case is a demonstration of the role the media plays in promoting specific crimes such as this one. This example shows that the media has to act with responsibility in the reporting and analyzing of crimes (Rentschler 227). Leopold and Loeb routinely talked to journalists in order to look macho and possessive. Newspapers were the most culpable of all media as they granted the two killers exclusive coverage. This attention gained by the killers helped to fuel public interest in the two young men, effectively making them feel famous and important. What people did not realize was that in spite of the horrendous crime that Leopold and Loeb committed, the media was giving them exactly what they wanted: fame. Till this day all that is know about their motivation is that they just wanted to commit what they thought would be a perfect …show more content…
It was puzzling as it was impossible to narrow down on the motivation for his actions. In any case, some of the Chicago criminals did not have a strong reason for committing the crimes they were accused of, which confounded authorities. The legal weaknesses of the city came to the limelight during the case of another serial killer, Al Capone. He committed and commissioned a wide range of crimes, including homicide. The McSwiggin murder and the St. Valentine’s massacre stand out as two of his most disreputable crimes. The murder of McSwiggin in 1928 exposed the weaknesses inherent in the city’s legal system. It revealed the corruption and lawlessness reigned supreme in the city, especially during the prohibition era of the 1920s. He managed to prove to the public and the media that the city was incapable of halting the corruption in its own system as he managed to outwit the system. Al Capone’s case brings to the fore the role of the law in perpetuating heinous crimes. As Hill (983) demonstrates, a weak and corrupted legal system is a haven for crimes of this magnitude. The criminals can commit crimes with full confidence they can find loopholes in the law. Legal ambiguities are a breeding ground for crime as the criminals are usually aware of means of circumventing the law. In Al Capon’s case, the motivation for his crime was commercial benefits and racial hatred. He used the proceeds from his illegal businesses and underhand dealings to corrupt his way through the legal system. He was also able to cover his tracks using unlawful profits. It is an indictment on the legal structures for this city as they demonstrate a weakness that criminals exploited to full advantage. Weak social structures predispose a person to sadistic behavior. It is impossible to pinpoint a future serial killer with accuracy, but some of the most famous of them showed cure performance in their childhoods. For

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