Unformatted text preview: Falling under McGinn’s E-being definition, Leopold and Loeb received pleasure out of the pain of their victim. They believed themselves to be supermen, capable of committing the perfect crime. This motive does provide another source of pleasure other than the sheer pain of the victim; therefore, it may be true that they cannot be classified as E-beings. Since they would have received pleasure as a result of their success, this somewhat argues against McGinn’s definition; however, by most other definitions studied, the actions of these two were purely evil. They had no good intentions. While it is not clear whether or not the crime was an atrocity, they certainly knew what they were doing and what effects their actions would have. Thus, they were morally responsible for the evil actions committed, and, in my opinion, can be considered “evil.”...
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- Fall '08
- Clarence Darrow, Leopold and Loeb, Leopold, Bobby Franks, attorney Clarence Darrow, Harris Googe Phil