Case Number: 6034

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.


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
Description Victim's body dumped
Total Number of Victims 1
Excessive Violence Kidnapping for ransom
Location in culvert
Number of Defendants 2
Related to Organized Crime


Name Franks, Robert
Age 13 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity English-Anglo


Name Loeb, Richard
Gender Male
Ethnicity German
Race White


Precinct 27
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 2


Charges Against Defendant No
Trial Judge Caverly
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Grand jury, trial
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Sentence September 10, 1924
Length of Sentence Life
Outcome of Trial Guilty of murder
Sentenced to Joliet, Stateville