Loeb, Richard

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Loeb, Richard Gender: M
Richard Albert Loeb
born on 11 June 1905 at 08:51 (= 08:51 AM )
Place Chicago, Illinois, 41n51, 87w39
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Accuracy in question
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 19°59' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 04°07 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 16°39'

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American convicted murderer, he became infamous in conjunction with his pal Nathan Leopold, they are usually referred to collectively as 'Leopold and Loeb.' They planned a "perfect crime" as a thrill. Both sons of wealthy and influential local families, they were regarded as brilliant students. On 21 May 1924, they sadistically killed 14-year-old Bobby Franks in Chicago, Illinois.

That afternoon they lured Franks into their car. While Leopold drove, Loeb struck Franks, sitting in front of him in the passenger seat, several times in the head with a chisel, then dragged him into the back seat, where he was gagged and soon died. With the body on the floorboard out of view, Leopold and Loeb drove to their predetermined dumping spot near Wolf Lake in Hammond, Indiana, 25 miles (40 km) south of Chicago. After nightfall they removed and discarded Franks's clothes, then concealed the body in a culvert along the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks north of the lake. To obscure the body's identity, they poured hydrochloric acid on his face, and also his genitals to disguise the fact that he had been circumcised.

They were caught and sent to trial on 21 July 1924. Loeb's family retained Clarence Darrow as lead counsel for their defense. Darrow's 12-hour summation at their sentencing hearing is noted for its influential criticism of capital punishment as retributive rather than transformative justice. Both young men were sentenced to life imprisonment plus 99 years on 10 September 1924.

Leopold was paroled in 1958 after spending his lifetime in prison, from age 19 to 53; he died on 29 August 1971. Loeb died after an attack by another inmate on 28 January 1936 in Joliet, Illinois. He was 30.

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  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 21 May 1924 (Killed a teenage boy)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 10 September 1924 (Sentenced to life in prison)
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  • Death by Homicide 28 January 1936 (Killed in prison by another inmate, age 30)
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Source Notes

Church of Light quotes Lyndoe, "time from his mom." In AA 5/1960, Lyndoe wrote that "the chart has wide acceptance as correct."

(T. Pat Davis finds the data questionable. Chicago Vital Statistics has no records. Julie Baum gave 4:59 AM; Old-file has 11:15 AM, PC quotes Sabian Symbols No.586 (no time) for 9:00 AM.)

Sy Scholfield points out that his date and place of birth are listed in the "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916–1947" Index (FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original records): "Name: Richard Loeb. Birth Date: 11 Jun 1905. Birth Place: Chicago, Ill. Death Date: 28 Jan 1936. Death Place: Lockport, Will, Illinois."


  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Nathan Leopold, co-murderer)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex (Nathan Leopold)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide single (Killed a youth)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Kidnapper
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence (Given life)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Social crime/ delinquent (Arson)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Thief/ Financial crime
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Homicide victim
  • Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (Planned perfect crime, case famed for years)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book