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itself helped the two commit a crime they were almost incapable of doing on their own. They were called thrill seekers. They wanted to experience what it was like to take someone’s life away. “Their story took place in the 20s when organized crime was running rampant,” said Katz. “The moral fiber that had been thought to hold society together was crumbling and people were giving into their hedonistic tendencies. I think any time that happens in our country, there’s always a backlash — a pull against the drive towards hedonism. This was like the perfect storm, a moment in time for the country and the culture to react to a crime that was void of any moral sensibility.” As Katz notes, random acts of violence happen far too often in today’s world. A crime like Leopold and Loeb’s might only have lasted until the next murder came across the news cycle. But maybe it would have rose above the fray. The crime had everything — highly intelligent teenagers from wealthy families, thrill seeking, a homosexual love affair, and the idea that the perfect crime was possible. The more you learn about the pair, the more you wonder if they didn’t succeed. Perhaps a part of them wanted to be caught after all. To show that the perfect crime does not go unnoticed. Maybe they were smarter than we think. Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story December 3-20 Luna Stage (555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ) NewJerseyStage.com 2015 - ISSUE 11 ARTICLES 78