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Episode 1: Bobby Franks (Part 1)

In Chicago in 1924, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb abducted and murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks. The murder ignited a national backlash against what they saw as a morally bankrupt Jazz Age, and a furor over the two wealthy, psychopathic murderers who killed an innocent child just for the thrill of it. This is part 1 of the 2 episodes that cover “the Trial of the Century.”


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Music: Dellasera by Shane Ivers -


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