Dickie Loeb’s death in Joliet Prison

leopold loebRichard Loeb and Nathan Leopold murdered a young boy in 1924 and were convicted and sent to prison.

At Joliet Prison, Leopold and Loeb used their educations to teach classes in the prison school. On January 28, 1936, Loeb was attacked by fellow prisoner James E. Day with a straight razor in the prison’s shower room, and died from his wounds. Day claimed afterward that Loeb had attempted to sexually assault him. This was never proven and Loeb’s throat was slashed from behind. Nonetheless, an inquiry accepted Day’s testimony and the prison authorities ruled that Day’s attack on Loeb was made in self-defense. According to one widely reported account, newsman Ed Lahey wrote this lead for the Chicago Daily News: “Richard Loeb, despite his erudition, today ended his sentence with a proposition.”


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3 responses to “Dickie Loeb’s death in Joliet Prison

  1. I don’t understand the purpose of this entry.

  2. seesdifferent

    The purpose would be humor. This might be considered a shaggy dog story for English majors.
    The punch line relates to a rule of grammar, which says that one should never end a sentence with a preposition.

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