1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927  
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Franks, Robt. - Age 13 - His nude body found in culvert at 118th St. nd Penna R.R. where he was hidden by Richard Loeb and Nathan J. Leopold. The two were indicted on June 5th after confessing to the murder giving as their motive that it was an ?experiment in sensation? as well as the $10,000.00 they asked as ransom. 8 Dist. 9/10/24 Each sentenced to Life term in Joliet Pen. On the Murder charge and 99 years for kidnapping. - Caverly.

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Date of offense May 22, 1924
Date of death May 22, 1924
Time between offense and death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 118th st. and Penna R.R.
Type of location Street, or other non-commercial public place/alley
Type of public place Street, sidewalk or alley
Location description in culvert
Type of death Homicide
Type of homicide Intentional murder
Characteristics kidnapped 13yr old boy-motive experiment sensation
Motive motive was an "experiment in sensation" and $10,00
Victim initiated events leading to homicide No
Excessive violence Kidnapping for ransom
Murder/suicide? Yes
Circumstances description Victim's body dumped
Total number of victims 1
Total number of defendants 2
Related to Prohibition? Yes


Name Franks, Robert
Age 13 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Victim/defendant relationship Not related by family


Name Loeb, Richard
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity German
Defendant/victim relationship Stranger


Precinct 27
Total number of defendants arrested 2
Allegations of police corruption No


Charges against defendant Murder
Trial Judge Caverly
Type of legal decision recorded Grand jury, trial
Outcome of trial Guilty of murder
Date of sentence September 10, 1924
Sentenced to Joliet, Stateville
Length of sentence Life
Allegations of police corruption No

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