American Justice: Season 5, Episode 7

The Preppie Murder Case (19 Nov. 1997)

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Chronicles the sensational crime dubbed the Preppie Murder Case by the media due to the upper-class backgrounds of victim Jennifer Levin and the accused, Robert Chambers.

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Elizabeth Bauch ...
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Robert Chambers ...
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Linda Fairstein ...
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Rose Jordan ...
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Eliot Kornhauser ...
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Paul LaRosa ...
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Ellen Levin ...
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Jack Litman ...
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Mike Sheehan ...
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Lisa Sliwa ...
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Linda Wolfe ...
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Chronicles the sensational crime dubbed the Preppie Murder Case by the media due to the upper-class backgrounds of victim Jennifer Levin and the accused, Robert Chambers.

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Extremely sad story of wasted lives
3 March 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Parents on both sides of the Preppy murder had done what they could to set their children off on a good course through life.

Jennifer Levin had graduated from private school in New York City only to set her sights on a rebel who seemed not to have valued her. If only she had been open to that message. (But how many 18-year-old girls have that kind of insight?)

Robert Chambers had attended prep schools as well, on scholarship, but developed problems with drugs.

Their fates came together just a few blocks from where I live, at a bar called Dorrian's that still goes by that name. Jennifer wound up dead and Robert paid for the crime with 15 years behind bars.

He's had problems since then, most recently in 2008, having being sentenced to 19 more years in prison on a drug charge.

I sympathize so much with the mothers in this case. Jennifer's mom, movie-star gorgeous but seemingly frozen in dourness by her loss, has proceeded to fight for victims' rights.

Robert's mother isn't quoted at all. An immigrant from Ireland, she had probably arrived in New York with all kinds of hope. She'd done so much to get Robert an education and look where it has led.

What a terribly tragic tale.


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