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>Never The Sinner

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>Never The Sinner</I>

>Never The Sinner

>Never The Sinner

Only Available in Archive Formats.

— Tom Vitale reports on a play titled, "Never the Sinner", currently showing in New York. Seventy-four years ago today, a fourteen year-old boy was abducted and brutally murdered in Chicago. The murderers were also teenagers - from the same neighborhood - who committed the murder as a "psychological experiment". Their case was argued by the most famous defense lawyer of the day, Clarence Darrow. The Leopold and Loeb case became the first "crime of the century." It's inspired books, plays and such movies as Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope" and "Compulsion," starring Orson Welles.

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