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Nathan Leopold (1904–1971), along with Richard Loeb, killed a 14-year-old boy while trying to commit "the perfect crime." They were caught.
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Leopold’s intelligence set him apart from his contemporaries, and the boy had difficulty making friends when he started school, a trait that continued throughout his education, made more difficult by his own superior attitude, in relation to both his family’s wealth and his own intelligence. When the family moved to the exclusive Chicago neighborhood of Kenwood, he was transferred to the private Harvard School, and his educational development was even more rapid. It was at this time that he met Richard Loeb, although it wasn’t until he entered the University of Chicago, as a freshman in September 1920, that they became what he referred to as “firm friends.”
Both men returned to Chicago, where they were inseparable. Both pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Chicago while living at home. Loeb continued to embroil Leopold in a number of criminal pursuits, using the promise of sexual favors as an enticement, and became increasingly obsessed with the development and commission of the perfect crime.
Unbeknownst to Leopold and Loeb, Jacob Franks had contacted the police, and Bobby Franks’ body was found and identified before the ransom was delivered.
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