8/8/08. Joseph Epstein reviews "For the Thrill of It," by Simon Baatz, a book about the 1924 murder in Chicago of the 14-year-old boy Bobby Franks by two students at the University of Chicago. The killers were 18-year-old Richard Loeb and 19-year-old Nathan Leopold Jr. Their lawyer was Clarence Darrow.
Mr. Epstein writes: "Simon Baratz's 'For the Thrill of It' is likely to be the definitive work on this infamous crime and the dramatic trial of its perpetrators. It is impressive in its research, even-handed in its tone and immensely readable."
The following is an excerpt from Simon Baratz's book: