Leopold and Loeb , I heard , were law students , rich Chicago kids .
Was it Loeb who dragged Leopold into the crime ? They picked a local kid , 14 year old Bobby Franks , to kill , in 1924 , in Chicago . They didn’t have anything against Bobby Franks . They simply intended , evidently , to commit the perfect crime , so to speak . They wouldn’t be caught . They were too intelligent to be caught . They spent months plotting .
They were supermen . They thought that they were supermen .
The sentence was life in prison for Leopold and Loeb . Loeb died at age thirty while in prison , butchered by another inmate , slashed to death with a straight razor . Leopold was paroled after 33 years in prison. He lived to age 66 . He had moved to Puerto Rico and had married . He died of a heart attack .
In 1924 , when the murder went down , Loeb was nineteen and Leopold was twenty . Leopold was said to have been fluent in 27 languages . Both Leopold and Loeb were said to have been exceptionally intelligent .