Up until modern times the same descriptors are thrown around Leopold and Loeb – “brilliant”, “smart”, “genius” – in their intellectual pursuit of what they called, “The Perfect Crime.” In fact, it was anything but the “perfect” crime but rather a brutal, sadistic murder perpetrated by two white, wealthly, self-entitled Chicago rich kids who killed Bobby Franks for thrills. The fact of the matter is that Leopold and Loeb were two bored, self-centered narcissistic psychopaths who had an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration coupled with a total lack of empathy for others.
As far as brilliant let’s just quickly take a look at Nathan Leopold. After spending decades in prison he took up Spanish as he had a promise of a job in Puerto Rico if he was ever released. Reports often cite his knowledge of 7 to 24 foreign languages as evidence of his superior intellect. Yet when he was finally release and working in Puerto Rico, it took him nearly two years to learn how to communicate despite his having years of free time in his cell to study.
Final Resting Place:
Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum
5800 N. Ravenswood
Chicago, Illinois, 60660
Grave Location:Section T
Grave Location Description
In the Jewish section in the Southwest area of Section T on the road. His mother, father, brother and sister are all buried together.
Interesting to note that all photography is forbidden and the staff refuses, even after almost a century, the divulge the location of the Jacob Franks Mausoleum (psst … it’s Section T on the road).
In another interesting tidbit, both the Loeb family plot and Leopold Family plot are close by the Jacob Franks Mausoleum. Sadly all three fathers in this horrible affair died within 5 years after the trial – all broken men. But don’t look for their murderous sons within these cemetery grounds. Richard was cremated and, rumor has it, was secretly buried in an unmarked grave south of Chicago while Nathan donated his body to science.