Could be these rich kids were doing it for kicks.
They were bored with being nice.
Leonardo Da Vinci was a Mason as well as Voltaire.
Reminds me of the movie: "La Dolce Vita" with Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimee. The rich doing whatever they like and seeking thrills.
Voltaire was the pen name used by the famous essayist and philosopher from the period of the French Enlightenment, François-Marie Arouet.
He was, upon his joining, frail and in ill-health. He was received into the lodge with a single, abbreviated degree followed by extensive speech-making and glorifying of his personage
It wasn't much. I only saw it on dvd. The only nice part was seeing Anita Ekberg frolicking in the Trevi Fountain. It started with 'Tarzan' Lex Barker as a jaded ex-actor and Mastroianni roaming around and going to all the parties and Fellini in a goatee as a partier lifting Anita Ekberg above his shoulders in a dance sequence. It wasn't much of a movie except the visual scenes of Rome at night.