The horrific murder in of year-old Bobby Franks in Chicago by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb inspired this acclaimed roman à clef. Meyer Levin (October 7, – July 9, ) was an American novelist. Perhaps best known Meyer wrote the novel Compulsion, inspired by the Leopold and Loeb case. The novel, for which Levin was given a Special Edgar Award by. In Compulsion, originally published in , Meyer Levin strives to answer a As Levin indicates in his preface, the narrator, Sid Singer, is a.

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Judd glanced at the house. For to carry out their carefully compusion ransom schedule, the Kessler line had to be open for their call. They rented the car in which they murdered their victim yet failed to wash down all the blood. Willing to give it another shot if they ever touch this version up.

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Brilliant and bored, th Dear Sir: The maid came out of the house to ask if Cook should fix lunch for the two of them. This was a crime for its own sake. Compuldion reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Books by Meyer Levin. But that motive, as Meyer Levin shows us in this mesmerizing novel, was not the real one either.

There is much delving into the sick minds of the murderers, a lot of psychology, philosophy and some surprisingly graphic language and images, considering this book was written in Judd would not have driven past that house; in fact, he would have gone out of his way to avoid it.


The murderers unsurprisingly have a lot of issues with women, but unfortunately the women in the book seem there t A fictional retelling of the Leopold and Loeb murders, Compulsion is definitely an interesting look into the pov of the time when it was written. compulsiion

It was also released as a film in Included is a forward by Marcia Clark, with her usual clear eyed assessment. We know Lerner and Loeb did it. Not only is this incredibly well written but the narration is as good as it gets. Tutti i personaggi di contorno, perfino Ruth, che pure ha un ruolo importante, sono sbiaditi, funzionali al narratore e a quello che a tratti sembra il suo antagonista, ovvero Judd. That being the case, one has to wonder if these two had not become such fast friends, compklsion by their families because each was a bit of a loner and they had a great deal in common, would Bobby Franks have been allowed to live a long and natural life?

And Leopold lost his glasses very close to where the body was found. Subsequently he was an early entrant into Nazi concentration camps as a war correspondent. E infine le strategie dei due collegi di avvocati, lvein accusa e della difesa, scelti data la posizione sociale degli accusati fra le eccellenze dell’epoca. The moment the teenagers were arrested and charged with the murder, this atypicality became the key issue in the case.

Such a horrific story of two young men with fortune and future within their grasp. Rigorous because it is so well-detailed, written ten years before In Cold Bloodin a true journalistic style. In the corridor, Judd tried to dodge away from Lewis.

Dark, brooding, misogynistic Judd and his nearly polar opposite, popular, fun-loving Artie became the perfect storm of twisted personality co,pulsion. Certain crimes seem to epitomize the thinking of their era””- and this is a documentary novel of the Loeb-Leopold case which brought into play the “”psychoanalytical point of view”” of our time, much as Dreiser’s American Tragedy represented the sociological view of his.


View all 6 comments. Many of the fellows were making notes—especially those who were taking the Harvard Law entrance tomorrow. Both my father and Leopold and Loeb had been admitted to the University of Chicago at the age meter fourteen.


In a sense they were like two medical experimenters who have injected themselves with an untried drug. Add this book to your Goodreads shelves! Despite these gaffes, the police continued to look everywhere but at the true culprits, resisting the obvious logical conclusion to the bitter end.

Vengono proposte diverse, dall’incoscienza emotiva al ricorso alla teoria psico-analitica piuttosto recente in quegli anni. The rented car, the fake identities, were masterful ideas. Judd drew the letter from his pocket.

Leopold and Loeb were not serial killers and this was not a crime of passion, greed, or revenge. I received aa ARC copy from Goodreads. This new edition of Meyer Levin’s classic literary thriller Compulsion reintroduces the fictionalized case of Leopold and Loeb — once considered the “crime of the century” — to a new generation.

The story held a nation in thrall back inand it continues to captivate even today.