March 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Max and Benny's Restaurant, Deli and Bakery
461 Waukegan Rd Northbrook
Barrett to discuss her new book on Leopold and Loeb at Max and Benny’s
“The Leopold and Loeb Files” (published July 17, 2018; Midway Books; 978-1-57284-240-3), by author Nina Barrett will be the topic of a book discussion at Max and Benny’s on March 25, 2019. Barrett’s book is an extraordinary primary source-driven history of one of the most infamous crimes ever committed. On March 3, 2009, a Northwestern University Library exhibition about the case called “The Murder That Wouldn’t Die” debuted.
Its curator, Nina Barrett, built the exhibit with a hard-facts approach to the notorious story: two University of Chicago students, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, kidnapped and killed 14-year-old Robert Franks in 1924 in a sinister attempt to commit “the perfect crime.” At the time, the murder was dubbed the “crime of the century,” and the mythology surrounding the case has continued to capture the imagination of generation after generation, as evidenced by Barrett’s exhibit, which was one of the most popular the Library has ever seen.
After the exhibit closed, Barrett continued to uncover additional primary source material-much of which spent decades filed haphazardly in the basement of Northwestern University’s law school-and has collected her findings in The Leopold and Loeb Files.
Author Nina Barrett