Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb were two rich boys who knew each other growing up but became good friends in 1920 at the University of Chicago.
What made them good friends was their common love for crime. They also believed in a theory that superhuman individuals existed, and they thought that they were so smart that they themselves were superhuman.
Believing they were superhuman, they also believed they were above the law. They began acts of petty theft and vandalism in and around their university.
They grew upset due to lack of media coverage for just minor crimes.
To get the recognition they wanted, they decided to kidnap and murder a kid as part of a "perfect crime."
They chose a young boy named Bobby Franks as their victim. He was the son of a wealthy businessman.