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Case 1: Leopold and Leob (1924) and the cause of crime

Case Summary

The case talks about murder of a fourteen year old boy, Bobby Frank who had been ruthlessly killed by two young men driving a by two Willys Knight Automobile in the late afternoon of 21st May, 1924. Names of the two killers are Richard A. Loeb and Nathan E. Leopold.

Both are the young blood with wonderful academic record and from highly rich families. This case is bit tough to understand because the motive behind the murder is just not understandable. The victim is just selected at random. Bobby Frank was not the first chosen victim, first victim was Armand Deutsch. But on the day of murder, he was picked by his family chauffer for the appointment to the dentist. It was a fate that came in between and took away the life of Bobby Frank.

The case is very much interesting as the cause of behind the murder, according to the two killers was nothing and there was no bad intention but at the time of murder, two young killers asked for ransom money for the life of Bobby Frank to his father but till father arranged the money, they killed his son. After few days of the murder both murderers were caught with the help of sunglasses of Leopold dropped at the place where murder was caused.

As both the killers were from very rich families, therefore they hired Clarence Darrow, one of the most famous criminal lawyers of that time in order to save their son's lives. Darrow was considered to be the best of that time; the case was referred as million dollar defense by the reporters. With his pleasing defensive techniques, Darrow pleased the judge to give them life time imprisonment instead of death whereas the two charges on them, murder and ransom may lead to death sentence.

The parties and court jurisdiction(s) involved in the case

Parties and court jurisdiction involved in the case are as follows:

Importance of the case

The case is very much important as well as interesting and this is the reason that it is considered to be one of the five most important and unusual cases of the century. There are many reasons because of which this case is really important. These reasons are as follows:

Case 2: Alger hiss (1948), the House un American Activities Committee, and the Courts

Case Summary

This case talks about the perjury trail of the Alger Hiss in 1949. This case is considered to be an interconnection between the annoyances of the time, operation of process of justice to the criminal and consideration of politics in between. Trial of Alger Hiss for perjury is considered no that much relevant among the ruthless killing trials because this just a perjury case. This case may not be considered that cruel because the root of the topic, in spite of the illegal charge, concerned with peace time intelligence by the government worker for a foreign country which was the intimidating enemy of the nation. This case talks about Alger Hiss who was the rising star in the political planet with huge credential in this profession.

This case is mainly about two people, Alger Hiss and Whittaker Chamber. Whittaker Chamber was the person who accused Alger Hiss. This case was played alongside a background of deep anxiety in United States of America with the hazard of Soviet Communism and the terror that spies among the people in United States were endangering the national security. Whittaker Chamber calls the case to be an epitomizing drama in which Chamber and Hiss were archetypes. They both were representative of their own ideology which was absolutely opposite in nature and they had different philosophical position as well. In the case Diana is a commentator representing the society, who found that there is fight between the two people, Chamber and Hiss, having opposite principles and ideologies.

The parties and court jurisdiction(s) involved in the case

Accused: Alger Hiss and Whittaker Chamber

Alger Hiss Lawyer: Lloyd Paul Stryker

Alger Hiss's Opponent: Richard Nixon

Importance of the case

This case does not involve ruthless killing or murder of any body by any person but still it is one of the most interesting and important case of the century. There are various reasons that make this case important. These reasons are as follows:

Case 3: O.J. Simpson (1994): Can the Rich buy resonable doubt?

Case Summary

This case talks about the murder of Ms. Nicole Brown Simpson, wife of Orenthal James Simpson, who used to be a footballer and then later a media notable person. They were recently divorced. This case also talks of the murder of a man, Ronald Goldman who was social acquaintance of Ms. Simpson he was a waiter in the restaurant where the couple went to have their dinner in the evening of the same night when this incident took place.

This case purely predicts the victory of the money and sympathy for the emotions of the people in context to religion. In this case, a husband murders his ex wife and another person and it has been proven in the court of justice with all the witnesses but still the case goes for more than a year in the country with around seventy two witnesses supporting that O.J. Simpson is not guilty.

This case should be considered as the most indistinguishable case of the century because here money has done its entire job. O.J. Simpson was a black man and was a very rich person. With his richness he buys all the court of justice and extends the case up whatever time he wants.

And after a complete witness is found out by on spot witness Allan Park and his DNA reports then he cleverly turns the case by comparing his work with Adolf Hitler and saying that he is fighting against those people who are racist. His marriage was an interracial marriage and he claims his wife and his friend to be the main culprit as they were racist.

The parties and court jurisdiction(s) involved in the case

Accused: Orenthal James

Victim: Ms. Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman

Defense Lawyer: Cochran

Witness: Allan Park

News Channels and Newspapers

Importance of the case

This case is considered to be of paramount importance and this is the reason that this case is among the five most astonishing cases of the century. This case is important because of the following reasons:


  1. Geis, Gilbert. Bienen, Leigh B. (1998).Crimes of the century: from Leopold and Loeb to O.J. Simpson. Published by Northern University Press Boston, Massachusetts

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