A Plea for the Criminal

Being a reply to Dr. Chapple's work: 'The Fertility of the Unfit', and an Attempt to explain the leading principles of Criminological and Reformatory Science

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Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 45,387 / 142 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.6
LoC Category: HV
Downloads: 392
Added to site: 2009.04.30
mnybks.net#: 24024
Genre: Non-fiction
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criminal at heart and is cherishing anti-social feelings which are steadily growing in their intensity. Revenge becomes the almost dominating influence over his mind, but it is held in check by fear. At last fear gives way and there is no further restriction to the emotion of revenge, which then becomes supreme. At this climax insanity occurs and murder is committed synchronically. Morally the act was committed years previously, and it was by his own conduct in goading himself on to the climax that made it an actual fact. Subsequently, almost immediately, he may become rational again and retain consciousness of the deed and thoroughly understands its outrageous nature. He will not then express any regrets but will declare that his deed was perfectly moral. This man is as near a monster as we dare call any man, and should never be allowed to have his liberty restored to him.

=Instinctive Criminal.=--Called also the "born criminal" (Lombroso), or the "criminal by nature." The term "instinctive criminal"

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