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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
The Perfect Crime

 

When Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two well-educated college students from a wealthy suburb of Chicago, confessed to the brutal murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks, the story made headlines across the country. The unlikely killers not only admitted their guilt, but also bragged that they had committed the crime simply for the thrill of it. As the sensational case unfolded during the summer of 1924, 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, the question of motive would be turned over and over again. What first seemed like a simple matter of evil gradually would give way to a complex assessment of the murderers’ minds and a searing indictment of the forces that had shaped them, and set off a national debate about morality and capital punishment.

 

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Roads to Memphis

 

A riveting crosscut narrative of a killer and his prey, ROADS TO MEMPHIS is the fateful story of an assassin and his target set against the seething, turbulent forces in American society that drove two men to their violent and tragic collision on April 4, 1968. In this clip, author Hampton Sides (Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the International Manhunt for his Assassin) describes why James Earl Ray set his sights on King.

 

 

AL CAPONE: Icon

 

His name sparks images of pin-stripe suits and bloody violence. To this day, Americans are fascinated by this celebrity gangster. Was Al Capone a self-made American man, a ruthless killer – or both?