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Leopold and Loeb spent months on the planning of this crime. Nathan states they began planning in November 1923. Loeb states it was in March.
Part of the plan was the creation of Morton D. Ballard and Louis Mason.
They had decided they would need a car for the crime. Nathan's car was a bright
red Willys Knight-
Of course, they would not rent a car using their real names. They needed anonymity for their perfect crime. Thus, the creation of Morton D. Ballard.
First. Rent a room at the Morrison Hotel under the name Morton D Ballard. Tell
them to hold any mail you may receive. This task was accomplished on May_____ by
Richard Loeb, while Nathan sat outside in his car. Loeb checked in, went to the room
(he brought a suitcase along. To give the suitcase added weight, he tossed in some
They then drove to the Hyde Park State Bank. This was Loeb's bank, the same bank
at which that morning he had withdrawn $100.29 for their plans. Leopold went in
to the bank and opened up a checking account as Morton D Ballard. He used the Morrison
Hotel as his address, and deposited $100. The bank clerk seemed unnerved by Mr Ballard
and made a note "watch for uncollected funds".Secure with their address and their
bank account, they then went to the Rent a Car office in Joliet. Loeb got out across
the street at a drugstore. Nathan asked to rent a Willys Knight and presented his
identification, including references. The car rental clerk called the reference-
The next day Loeb returned to the hotel to see if Mr Ballard had received any mail. He hadn't. Loeb went to the room, and found the suitcase missing. He panicked and left without paying the bill.
He and Leopold then moved on to the Trenier hotel where Leopold told the clerk he had planned to stay there but had a change of plans. Could they please hold any mail for Morton D Ballard? They agreed. They then phoned the Rent a Car and asked that the ID card be sent to Trenier instead.
Leopold and Loeb also mailed a few joke letters to the Trenier, yet no mail ever arrived for them there either.
On the day of the crime however, the clerk remembered Mr Ballard and there was no problem in their securing the car again.
The Perfect kidnaping of Charlie Ross
Leopold and Loeb created another identity for their kidnaper; George Johnson. George Johnson was the name of the man perportedly to have kidnaped Charlie Ross in the 1800's, a "perfect" crime that had interested Richard Loeb very much.
And I My Lord, May I say Nothing?
Pierre Louys told a story of how two of Oscar Wilde's friends, Alfred Taylor and Charles Mason, performed marriage ceremony together.
When Dick Loeb and Nathan Leopold needed to create a 'friend' for their fictitious Morton D Ballard, the name they choose was Louis Mason. Alfred Taylor was tried alongside Oscar Wilde in the Old Bailey, charged with procuring boys for Wilde, for running, as the Judge said, "a kind of male brothel." Taylor and Wilde were both sentenced to the maximum two years hard labor, a sentence, said the Judge, "totally inadequate for such a case as this."
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