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Nathan Freudenthal Leopold
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Life Plus Ninety-Nine Years

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Nathan Leopold Jr. was half of the famed duo Leopold and Loeb, murderers of 14-year old Bobby Franks in 1924 on the south side of Chicago. Life Plus 99 Years is an autobiographical work which does not dwell on the crime, as Leopold was attempting to present a positive image to his parole board at the time.
Hardcover, 381 pages
Published January 14th 1974 by Greenwood Press (first published 1958)
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Chris Herdt
I became interested in the Leopold and Loeb murder after an Internet search to find out more about Clarence Darrow. Although the crime itself and the ensuing trial are fascinating, the majority of the book is about how a vibrant intellectual occupies his life in prison. He and Dick Loeb's work on creating a school within the prison system is inspiring, but I was more impressed by Nathaniel's success at learning to read in Braille--so that he could continue reading after lights-out!
Greg
The book is worth reading, whether you are interested in the Leopold-Loeb case or in the early history of Stateville prison. However, it has to be read critically, if not skeptically. Leopold wrote it to influence the parole board in his favor, and he published it to obviate public hositility to his release. Accordingly he tends to play fast and loose with the truth, either by exaggerating his good deeds, concealing his bad ones, or misrepresenting himself and his motives. For instance he exagge...more
Linda Schell
I read this book around 2009. Right now I'm long on form and short on specifics, but if anyone asks me to recommend a book they cannot put down, Life Plus Ninety-Nine Years is one of the first books I suggest.

Leopold's participation in good deeds in the prison system are incredible, and the tribulations Leopold and Loeb overcame to establish a school within the prison system were astounding. Few people are aware how much Leopold and his prison inmates contributed to the war effort.

Leopold's sel...more
Taro Yamashita
Jan 10, 2011 Taro Yamashita marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
After reading the well-crafted "Barbarians at the Gate," I just could not get into this one. The author is an intelligent man, but the skill in writing and relating a narrative was so glaringly obvious after "Barbarians" that I found it turned me off. I may return to this book later.
Tommy
Apr 07, 2007 Tommy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: True Crime buffs
Great 1st hand account by one of the two involved in the CRIME OF THE CENTURY.
Juneus
One of the most important books about redemption i have ever read.
Valerie
A very interesting and informative read.
Kevin
Very interesting and recommended.
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Nathan Leopold Jr. was half of the famed duo Leopold and Loeb, murderers of 14-year old Bobby Franks in 1924 on the south side of Chicago. Life Plus 99 Years is an autobiographical work which does not dwell on the crime, as Leopold was attempting to present a positive image to his parole board at the time.
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