TIL that in 1924, two men named Leopold and Loeb tried to commit the “perfect crime” and show their intellectual superiority by killing a 14 year old boy and not getting caught. They were caught in less than two weeks.

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And it was because one of them managed to leave their glasses at the murder scene. The Hitchcock film, Rope, is based on the two of them.


What is my “perfect crime”? I break into Tiffany’s at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No, I go for the chandelier. It’s priceless. As I’m taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It’s her father’s business. She’s Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning, the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico, but I go to Canada. I don’t trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son and he’s the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting. I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris by the Trocadero. She’s been waiting for me all these years. She’s never taken another lover. I don’t care. I don’t show up. I go to Berlin. That’s where I stashed the chandelier.


With how bad forensics were back then, wouldn’t simply not being there when the police show up, be considered “committing the perfect crime”?


Fascinating. What is also fascinating is that other people have probably tried this same thing, but we don’t know about it because they were right.


So, their “perfect crime” was killing the kid who lived across the street? Who one of them knew personally and had had over on several occasions? Real men of genius, here.